Following the tremendous initial success of Bob Seger’s Early Seger Vol. 1 at Michigan-based retailer Meijer, Seger is broadening distribution of the album from beyond its Michigan introduction to the nation’s largest retailer. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 23rd, the collection will be available at all Walmart stores across the U.S. Early Seger Vol. 1, which features remastered classic Seger recordings from the early 1970s and four previously unreleased recordings, was originally released exclusively at Meijer, a Michigan-based retailer with 190 supercenters located in the Midwest.
The set has been warmly received by fans and critics alike. The response at Meijer was so strong that Early Seger Vol. 1 was the #1 record at Meijer stores the week of Thanksgiving, outselling phenomenon Susan Boyle’s highly anticipated album, released on the same day, by nearly 2 – 1 at Meijer’s. “Several early-Seventies nuggets – including the Chuck Berry-style blazer ‘Get Out Of Denver,’ Seger’s burnt-road-dog growl in the Allman Brothers cover ‘Midnight Rider’ and the brassed-up locomotion of ‘Long Song Comin’ (with new overdubs) – highlight Seger’s funky-church and Detroit-muscle charge,” said Rolling Stone’s David Fricke, naming it one of “Fricke’s Picks.” The Detroit Free Press awarded the album four out of four stars, praising its “Vintage rock ‘n’ roll, barroom balladry and soulful Southern rock” while the Cleveland Scene noted that its songs “reaffirm the strength of classic rock ‘n’ roll.” “Whether it’s a ballad or a rocker, the material here, to quote one title, ‘Gets Ya Pumpin’,” said Vintage Guitar.