Bob Seger closed out his Capitol contract with Brand New Morning, a singer/songwriter album quite unlike anything he had yet released. Following its release he moved to the Detroit-based label Palladium and returned to hard-driving rock & roll with Smokin' O.P.'s, the polar opposite of Brand New Morning. According to legend, the title stands for "smoking other people's songs," which makes sense since this is a cover album that even covers Bob Seger & the Last Heard. In other words, it's nothing like the intimate, reflective, risky Brand New Morning, but that doesn't matter since it rocks so well and since it reveals that Seger isn't just a first-class bandleader and rock songwriter, but that he's a terrific interpreter of other writers' songs. Even well-worn tunes like "Bo Diddley" and "If I Were a Carpenter" get made fresh by internalizing the hooks, turning them into something fresh and original. That's also true of songs by such contemporaries as Stephen Stills ("Love the One You're With") and Leon Russell ("Humming Bird"), and he also breathes fire into blues and rock stalwarts like "Let It Rock," "Turn on Your Love Light," and "Jesse James." Smokin' O.P.'s closes out with two originals, one new (the fine, but not especially noteworthy "Someday") and one old (the perennial "Heavy Music"). Neither change the essential character of the album, which is just a really fun, hard-rocking record that bought Seger some time while reasserting the fact that he could really rock. He could -- and he could rock really well -- which is why Smokin' O.P.'s remains a lot of fun, even if it's a relatively minor work in Seger's canon.
Performance CreditsBob Seger Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Michael Bruce Guitar
Jack Ashford Percussion,Tambourine
Eddie Bongo Percussion,Conga
Eddie "Bongo" Brown Conga
Jim Bruzzese Tambourine
Jim Buzzese Percussion
Skip Knape Organ,Bass,Piano,Keyboards
David Teegarden Drums,Maracas,Marimbas
Pam Todd Vocals,Background Vocals
Skip Vanwinkle Organ,Piano,Pedal Bass
Christal Jenkins Vocals,Background Vocals
Technical CreditsBo Diddley Composer
Jim Bruzzese Engineer
Bob Seger Liner Notes
Thomas Weschler Cover Art
Punch Andrews Producer
Yungton String Arrangements
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Smokin' O.P.'s based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Just replacing some of my old favorites with CDs.
A compilation of Bob Seger doing "other peoples music" hence the term, SMOKING' O.P.'s. This album rocks! I wake up in the morning and crank it up. It really gets me going.