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Against the Wind (album)

Against the Wind is the twelfth album by American rock band Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). It is Seger's only Number 1 album to date, spending 6 weeks atop the Billboard 200. It was the album that knocked Pink Floyd's massive-selling The Wall from the top spot. Despite it's massive success, critic Dave Marsh gave it harsh criticism: "I'd like to say that this is not only the worst record Bob Seger has ever made, but an absolutely cowardly one as well." Marsh had followed Seger since before Night Moves, when Seger finally gained national fame, and essentially said in this review that Seger's long, tireless struggle to stardom is trivialized by this record. "He had to fight hard to prove there was still a place in rock & roll for a guy like him, and, with 'Night Moves,' he won. This is the LP that makes such a victory meaningless. ... It makes me sad, and it makes me angry (another emotion that's disappeared here, though it's often fueled Seger's finest work). Maybe rock & roll never forgets, but the best thing anybody who ever had any hope for Bob Seger can do is try not to remember Against the Wind and pray for something better next time. I wouldn't hold my breath."

The song "Her Strut" is featured in the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV.

Track listing

All songs written by Bob Seger

  1. "The Horizontal Bop" – 4:03
  2. "You'll Accomp'ny Me" – 4:00
  3. "Her Strut" – 3:51
  4. "No Man's Land" – 3:43
  5. "Long Twin Silver Line" – 4:18
  6. "Against the Wind" – 5:34
  7. "Good for Me" – 4:03
  8. "Betty Lou's Gettin' Out Tonight" – 2:52
  9. "Fire Lake" – 3:30
  10. "Shinin' Brightly" – 4:30

Personnel

Production

  • Producers: Punch Andrews, Steve Melton, Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Bob Seger, Bill Szymczyk
  • Engineers: John Arrias, Steve Melton, Bill Szymczyk
  • Mixing: Punch Andrews, John Arrias, Steve Melton, Muscle Shoals Sound Rhythm Section, Bob Seger, Bill Szymczyk
  • Mastering: Wally Traugott
  • Remastering: Robert Vosgien
  • Art direction: Roy Kohara
  • Photography: Tom Bert
  • Paintings: Jim Warren

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
1980 Pop Albums 1

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1980 "Against The Wind" Pop Singles 5
1980 "Fire Lake" Pop Singles 6
1980 "You'll Accomp'ny Me" Pop Singles 14
1980 "The Horizontal Bop" Pop Singles 42

Awards

Grammy Awards
Year Winner Category
1981 Against the Wind Best Recording Package
1981 Against the Wind Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal

See also

References

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