The Fire Inside

The Fire Inside

by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band



Michigan's Bob Seger is an American treasure, but he doesn't get the full respect or attention of, say, Bruce Springsteen or John Mellencamp because he wasn't as visible. His late-'70s prime was pre-MTV; New Jersey-born Springsteen had the fawning support of the New York-based media; and Mellencamp embraced high-profile political causes like Farm Aid and married model Elaine Irwin. 1991's The Fire Inside is credited to Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, but that's misleading. Keyboardist Craig Frost plays on most of the songs, but saxophonist Alto Reed and bassist Chris Campbell are virtually MIA. Instead, Seger uses countless special guests, including Joe Walsh, Bruce Hornsby, Roy Bittan, Steve Lukather, Don Was, Waddy Wachtel, Rick Vito, Mike Campbell, Patty Smyth, Lisa Germano, and Kenny Aronoff. "The Real Love" is an acoustic guitar-based song is indicative of Seger's gift for writing mid-tempo ballads. The tremendously rewarding "The Fire Inside" lives up to its name. On this career highlight, Seger's great lyrics poetically describe the frailty of human emotion but the passion in our never-ending yearnings; Bittan's bright piano melody and Russ Kunkel's crisp, forceful drumming help Seger sing with inspired resonance. Walsh and Seger actually engage in a guitar duel on "The Mountain." The spunky rocker "She Can't Do Anything Wrong" ends The Fire Inside on a high note.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/1991
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0077779113422
catalogNumber: 91134

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band   Primary Artist
Bob Seger   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Track Performer,Vocal Harmony
Bruce Hornsby   Piano,Accordion
James Newton Howard   Synclavier
John Jorgenson   Slide Guitar
Lisa Germano   Violin
Richard Greene   Violin
Mike Campbell   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Sweet Pea Atkinson   Background Vocals
Rick Vito   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Patty Smyth   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Don Potter   Acoustic Guitar
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
Eddie Bayers   Drums
Barry Beckett   Synthesizer
Roy Bittan   Piano
Harry Bowens   Background Vocals
Bobby Bruce   Violin
Rosemary Butler   Background Vocals
Laura Creamer   Background Vocals
Thornetta Davis   Background Vocals
Craig Frost   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano
Donny Gerrard   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bob Glaub   Bass
Richie Hayward   Drums
Dann Huff   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Steve Lukather   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Donald Ray Mitchell   Background Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac   Synthesizer
Shaun Murphy   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Buell Neidlinger   Acoustic Bass
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bill Payne   Piano
Alto Reed   Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Walt Richmond   Piano
J.D. Souther   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Fred Tackett   Acoustic Guitar
David Teegarden   Drums
Don Was   Bass
Oren Waters   Vocal Harmony
Waddy Wachtel   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Silver Bullet Band   Track Performer
Jai Winding   Organ
Joe Wash   Guitar,12-string Guitar
Mimi Cooper   Background Vocals
Chris Campbell   Bass

Technical Credits

Allen Abrahamson   Engineer
Bryant Arnett   Engineer
Barry Beckett   Producer
Ed Cherney   Engineer
Denis Forbes   Engineer
Ed Goodreau   Engineer
John Kunz   Engineer
Justin Niebank   Engineer
Thom Panunzio   Engineer
Bob Seger   Producer
Gerard Smerek   Engineer
Don Was   Producer
Randy Wine   Engineer
Punch Andrews   Producer
Craig Brock   Engineer
Michael Mason   Engineer

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a Seger fan since I first heard "East Side Story" and "Heavy Music" on the Robin Seymour show in Detroit in 1967. This is one of the few Seger albums I never bought, having read the reviews that it was his poorest effort. On the strength of the brilliant "Fire Inside" song, I finally bought the CD. Wow. This is a great piece of work, albeit more piano-driven (except for the Joe Walsh led "Mountain"). There's fiddles and squeeze boxes. The songs, like Bob, are more mature, very introspective lyrics, beautifully crafted. There's no "Betty Lou's Getting Out Tonight" type of 70's rockers - thank God, that is an overrated period - so this one never got the credit it deserves. A brilliant effort. "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" and "Mongrel" were a long time ago, I've given up on Bob ever making another "Lucifer", but I would settle for large doses of this older, mature Seger if he still had an active career.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish vh1 would do an interview with Bob Seger. I really miss his music and wish he would do a new album. He is a classic rocker and I never get tired of listening to his music. He still has a lot of fans out here that would love to hear from him and the band. Rock on Seger we miss you.