Bill Your 'Free Form FM Handi Cyber | Mahwah, NJ USA | 04/28/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Steve Miller is one of those artists you just can't help but like--a lot. If you come from pop, mainstream rock, or like more esoteric music--any kind of music, really--Steve's songs are hummable, rocking, slick and down to earth. Even as a little kid in the 1970s, I loved "Fly Like An Eagle" when I heard it on the radio
"Fly Like An Eagle" was one of those ditties that worked on both top forty AM and progressive FM. When a guy can do that, he really has something going on.
Now before Miller was flying to the bank like an eagle, back in the 1960s, he was making good albums. So good, even Paul McCartney got in on the fun: on Brave New World, Paul did some of his best bass playing--anywhere-- on a track called "My Dark Hour," a track he played on, hanging out at EMI, during a Let It Be blowout with three other guys you might know.
As far as I know, Sailor does not have a fab, but it does show you why the best bassist in the world may want to lend his Hofner chops to Steve.
The Steve Miller Band was only a few steps more diverse than a psychedelic blues band in 1969. You will not on Sailor hear that 1970s perfect shine you will on The Joker or Fly Like an Eagle.
But there is some great psych, nice blues, and a great, simple, stoned track called "Quicksilver Girl" that my 1970s baby sitting girls, who used to come with both Joker and Eagle, probably never knew existed, and probably still don't
And even if the god who was to become Sir Paul is not on Sailor, a very young Boz Scaggs is. If the guy who made Silk Degrees came out of this band, that has gotta tell you something