Mongrel (The Bob Seger System album)

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Bob Seger - Mongrel.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1970
ProducerPunch Andrews
The Bob Seger System chronology
Brand New Morning
Singles from Mongrel
  1. "Lucifer"
    Released: April 1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]

Mongrel is the third studio album by American rock band the Bob Seger System, released in 1970. During its four-week run on the Billboard 200 chart, the album entered the chart at the end of October 1970,[3] then rose to number 171 two weeks later.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Rolling Stone reviewed Mongrel on January 7, 1971. Ben Edmonds called the album "...easily [Seger's] best work to date, but there are still some crucial musical problems he must come to grips with if he is to realize the tremendous potential he displayed on his earlier Cameo-Parkway singles (most notably 'Heavy Music' and 'Persecution Smith')." Edmonds continued: "[Seger] writes marvelous rock and roll songs in the virile 1965 mold, somewhat of a lost art these days." The band itself, however, he said, is "like Mountain" and "often degenerates into 'heavy' overstatements of the most clichéd sort." Edmonds called "Lucifer" the strongest cut on the album, but his review may have had a dampening effect on sales.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Bob Seger, except where noted.

1."Song to Rufus" 2:46
2."Evil Edna" 3:12
3."Highway Child" 2:49
4."Big River" 3:10
5."Mongrel" 2:22
6."Lucifer" 2:27
7."Teachin' Blues" 1:59
8."Leanin on My Dream" 3:16
9."Mongrel Too" 3:16
10."River Deep, Mountain High"Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich,
Phil Spector


  • Bob Seger - guitar, vocals
  • Dan Honaker - bass, guitar, vocals
  • Pep Perrine - percussion, drums, vocals
  • Dan Watson - organ, piano, keyboards, vocals
  • Bob Schultz - organ, saxophone, vocals


  • Producers: Punch Andrews, Bob Seger
  • Engineer: Jim Bruzzese, Greg Miller
  • Design: Thomas Weschler
  • Cover art: Thomas Weschler
  • Photography: Thomas Weschler


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1970 Pop Albums 171[4]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1970 "Lucifer" Pop Singles 84


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Bob Seger: Mongrel > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via
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