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Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
It would've been news if Steve Miller hadn't grown up to be a musician. Les Paul (a Wisconsin friend of Miller's physician father) taught him his first chords, and Miller gleaned his bluesy, melodic sense from T-Bone Walke... more »
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It would've been news if Steve Miller hadn't grown up to be a musician. Les Paul (a Wisconsin friend of Miller's physician father) taught him his first chords, and Miller gleaned his bluesy, melodic sense from T-Bone Walker, a frequent guest at the family's back-yard parties. That innate musicality permeates Miller's satisfying box set (generously kicked off with early home recordings of those two childhood heroes), placing a warm artistic sensibility ahead of slavish devotion to historical chronology. The result is one of the most listenable, user-friendly multidisc compilations around. Fans will find samples of Miller's first San Francisco-based successes of the '60s, through his string of ubiquitous '70s hit singles (refreshingly sequenced on disc 2 to emphasize the inherent genius of the perfect three-minute pop song) to later work rife with jazz and the subtle shadings of maturity. Miller is one of rock's most consistent (albeit persistently underrated) writers and performers. This collection proves that those who know him only from "Jungle Love" and "Abracadabra" don't know Steve Miller at all. --Jerry McCulley
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It keeps me wonderin' why...Steve got involved as producer
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This box set was to be called Silver Pegasus and be released in time for Steve Miller Band's 25th anniversary. It was to be a four CD box with several unreleased tracks. Then Steve got involved with the project and...oh well!Steve did a fairly good job with the second disc, though It Keeps Me Wonderin' Why is missing. Disc three has way too many album tracks from LIving In The 20th Century. Disc one is a crime! Horrible edits of many early tracks. Children of The Future, Space Cowboy, Song For Our Ancestors, and Journey To Eden are butchered. And the listener is cheated with hardly any unreleased tracks. Those very early demos when Steve was a child are insulting on this box!This is perhaps the greatest example of why artists should stay out of the producing of boxed sets. This is particularly frustrating because there has yet to be an anthology that summarizes Steve's career without sabotaging it!"
Great Box Set With One Exception
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with all the reviews raving about this box set. The child recordings on Disc 1 offer a glimpse into his early talents. And the set covers pretty thoroughly Steve's career, especially his glory days in the late 60's and 70's. However, for some inexplicable reason, they chose to cut the length of "Song For Our Ancestors" from over five minutes down to 2:13, simply by fading it out. This is one of the most unique psychedelic era songs you will ever hear from any artist, and the record company chops it in half. To hear the full version, get a copy of Miller's 1968 album, "Sailor.""
Steve is the same, more and better.
Javier Moreno | San Francisco Bay Area, California | 12/15/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Steve Miller released "Children of The Future" thirty years ago, and his guitar/voice style keep unchanged during all his career. There were psychedelia and synths, but he sang his blues as always. He started as a 25-year kid, and he didn't change; well, maybe a few pounds over the normal weight; but just as me.Since that glorious day that I listened for the first time the "greatest hits album that didn't include the 'Abracadabra' tune", I've been a SMB fan. I buy happily his records, I watch his 1983 Concert video... well, I admire him for the good musician he is and for the quality of person he shows he is. I believe Miles Davis was too rude when he word-attacked Steve Miller in his Autobiography (Quincy Troupe`s Miles Davis Autobiography), about that 1970 concert. Steve was just startin'a boosting career, he had only two records and he started growing and working his style, just as Davis did in 1944.This 3 CD is four starred because there are terrible missings, and I don't believe it's Steve's fault:a. The track "Circle Of Love" from the same titled album.b. The complete "Macho City" track, of 16 minutesc. More Tracks from the first album and "Abracadabra" LP.d. Another CD, just to make a 4CD.Its great, I know, but Steve deserved more. And in his case, More = Better.Long Live Steve!"