Steve Miller Band - Fly like An Eagle (Vinyl)

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Fifty years after Steve Miller Band’s first two Capitol Records albums were released in 1968, the acclaimed group’s first nine studio albums have been remastered by Steve Miller and Kent Hertz and are available indvidually on 180 gram vinyl. Tutored at a young age by no less than guitar whiz Les Paul and blues legend T-Bone Walker, Steve Miller's life seemed destined to be dominated by music. Still, Miller's evolution from 1960s white-boy Chicago blues journeyman to '70s Top 40 hit machine was meteoric. Building on the success of his mainstream breakthrough The Joker, Miller's mastery of the indelibly catchy pop song yielded not only the radio-staple title track (since successfully revived by Seal), but an almost embarrassing wealth of other deceptively simple, hook-laden songs (including the standout "Wild Mountain Honey" as well as the hit singles "Take the Money and Run" and "Rock'n Me") to make Eagle play more like a greatest hits album than a standard collection of songs. This is Miller at his '76 pop-perfectionist peak, and one of the decade's most enduring surprises. 

I love side one but the second last track 'Dance, Dance, Dance' feels like an interruption of the psychedelic vibe being set, with its country ho-down feel, still, that won't stop me from giving Fly Like an Eagle a high rating. That song, 'Dance, Dance, Dance' made it to the Steve Millers greatest hits CD I have, so I am familiar with it, but not following such a great track as 'Serenade'. Side two gets off with a great start, 'Take the Money and Run', love it, leading right into 'Rockin Me' with its mesmerizing beat and fantastic guitar. Don't think there's anyone who hasn't heard this song. There are a number of good blues tracks to mix with the psychedelic ones, like 'Mercury Blues', 'Blues Odyssey' and 'Sweet Marie' with blues artist James Cotton playing harmonica, great track with just Miller and James Cotton jamming out. There's an unusual take on Sam Cooke's 'You Send Me' where it sounds like Steve has off-tuned his guitar and it's quite beautiful, Miller has a great voice, an underrated singer and guitarist if you ask me. Apparently, according to one review here, Miller is the godson of guitarist Les Paul, yeah that guy, who taught him some guitar.

By: catwomyn

A1 Space Intro
A2 Fly Like an Eagle
A3 Wild Mountain Honey
A4 Serenade
A5 Dance, Dance, Dance
A6 Mercury Blues
B1 Take The Money And Run
B2 Rock'n Me
B3 You Send Me
B4 Blue Odyssey
B5 Sweet Maree
B6 The Window

Includes MP3 download coupon.

180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl