Ramblin' Gamblin' Streamin' Man: Ten Bob Seger albums finally available digitally

"Bob Seger is an incredible artist with songs and albums that stand the test of time, and we're thrilled he is now making his catalog available to stream on Amazon Music".

Included in today's digital drop are 13 Seger albums, starting with his 1969 debut album "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man" and continuing with 1975's "Beautiful Loser", 1976's "Night Moves", 1978's "Stranger in Town", 1980's "Against the Wind", 1982's "The Distance", 1986's "Like a Rock", and 1991's "The Fire Inside".

In an interview a few years ago, Seger said that he liked the idea of people being able to hear his music whenever they wanted, but that his manager and Capitol Records had had a longstanding dispute over royalties. Some nine albums from Seger's discography remain unavailable, oddly from the first decade and last two decades of his recording career - including his most recent studio outing (which he has said may be his last), 2014's "Ride Out".

USA heartland rocker Bob Seger on Friday made most of his music available for streaming as the number of artists who boycott the booming format keeps shrinking.

Both volumes of Seger's Greatest Hits collections and the Ultimate Hits compilation have also been made available on services including Spotify, Amazon Music and iTunes/Apple Music. Of course, a host of crucial early works remain unavailable, but that isn't new for Seger's catalog, as we discussed earlier this year. "We have not pulled the trigger there because the rates are low; so low, in fact, that the label would not break it down and show the artist how little he would make". Longtime holdouts such as Led Zeppelin and the Beatles gave in in 2013 and 2016, respectively.

Troy Carter, Head of Creator Services at Spotify, adds, "Bob Seger wrote the soundtrack for generations of music fans lives". At the time, Spotify had 10 million paying customers; as of March, it had 50 million. "Streaming and downloads have always favored singles artists".

Quirk's article, however, found that as availability of Seger's catalog, both digitally and physically, dwindled, so did radio plays (and, obviously, sales).

  • Carolyn Briggs