His hits range from the sublime-but-overplayed to the just overplayed, but Bob Seger's last release, 2009's Early Seger Vol. 1, hinted at something more: a career before and outside classic-rock ubiquity that put his gifts—a way with a phrase, that crazy buzz-saw voice—to tougher use. Seger recorded new parts for several previously unreleased tracks (check out the funky "Gets Ya Pumpin'") and kept the length to an LP-sized 10 songs, barely touching his long-out-of-print '60s-and-early-'70s catalogue of Detroit punk-soul. Can rock 'n' roll forgive the impatience of whoever posted last year's amazing online bootleg Never Mind the Bullets: Bob Seger 1966-1974? ("Seven Nation Army," "2+2 = ?" called and wants its riff back.) Either way, he's talking about retiring just when he's catching young ears.
Thu., May 12, 7:30 p.m., 2011