Subtitled - Complete Greatest Hits. Finally, a Steve Miller best-of with 'Livin' in the USA', 'Abracadabra!', 'The Joker', 'Jungle Love' & much more. 22 remastered cuts covering his 35 years with Capitol all on one CD! 2... more »003.« less
Subtitled - Complete Greatest Hits. Finally, a Steve Miller best-of with 'Livin' in the USA', 'Abracadabra!', 'The Joker', 'Jungle Love' & much more. 22 remastered cuts covering his 35 years with Capitol all on one CD! 2003.
Elaine H. from WESTMINSTER, MD Reviewed on 11/26/2006...
Steve Miller was on the radio a lot in the '70s. I thought I liked his music much better than I did.
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A Decent Collection Of Hits, But Hardly Complete!
highway_star | Hallandale, Florida United States | 09/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This new remastered greatest hits collection of The Steve Miller Band called "Young Hearts: The Complete Greatest Hits", isn't quite as complete as the title says. Seriously missing are "Heart Like A Wheel", "Give It Up", "Keeps Me Wonderin' Why" and "True Fine Love". Also, both "Fly Like An Eagle" and "Abracadabra" are edited for what reason I'll never know. There are enough hits to please most Steve Miller fans such as "Take The Money And Run", "Rockin' Me", "Swingtown", "The Joker", "Fly Like An Eagle", "Jet Airliner", "Jungle Love","The Stake", "Dance Dance Dance" and "Livin' In The USA", etc. I actually prefer the import cd called "Steve Miller Band's Greatest Hits" (orange cover with purple horse logo and lettering) over this collection even though it has only twenty songs compared to 22 on this cd. The sound quality of the import (which is also remastered) is as good if not better than this new collection. Granted the import costs more, but I found my copy at a used cd store at a much lower price. If you like seventies rock such as Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel then The Steve Miller Band's cd "Young Hearts: The Complete Greatest Hits" would make a nice addition to your collection."
The best comprehensive Steve Miller best of out there
Blah | Blah, USA | 08/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In September of 2003, Steve Miller released his fifth US compilation entitled Young Hearts: Complete Greatest Hits. Steve Miller for 35 plus years has created alot of classic rock and roll gems, album favorites and hit singles. For years, Capitol Records wanted Steve to release a re-issue of his classic 1978 greatest hits album Greatest Hits 1974-78 but he was not easily persuaded until 2003 when he decided to put out Young Hearts. This compilation is the only one disc compilation, not counting the 1994 3-CD box set(also known as The Pegasus box set), to cover every era of Steve Miller's career from 1968-2003. The only albums not covered in this collection are 1968's Children of the Future, 1970's Your Saving Grace and Number 5 albums, 1971's Rock Love, 1972's Recall the Beginning, 1981's Circle of Love(although the album's epic Macho City appears as a bonus track on the European editions of the album on a second disc) and 1988's Born 2 B Blue. There are only three tracks from the 1968-72 versions of The Steve Miller Band. The 1969 album Sailor is represented by Living in the USA which was Steve's first big FM rock radio hit. The song would be a concert staple. Gangster of Love is missing but c'est la vie. 1969's Brave New World is represented by the classic Space Cowboy, which was a classic rocker with some tasty lead work from Miller, and the classic collaboration with Beatle Paul McCartney called My Dark Hour which is a great song. In fact, the riff at the beginning would be resurrected for the song Fly Like an Eagle years later. We then fast forward to 1973's Gold selling album The Joker which is represented by the #1 charting classic title cut(which is here in the original album version and not the single edit featured on Greatest Hits 1974-78) and the classic Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma. 1976's #2 charting 4 million plus selling album Fly Like an Eagle is represented by the album's title cut(a #2 hit in early 1977 and is here in almost its full album version but with Space Intro that precedes the song), the spacey Wild Mountain Honey, the rocking Serenade, the bluesy Dance Dance Dance, the Top 10 rocker Take the Money and Run and the album's biggest hit Rock'n Me(which hit #1 in 1976 and was written around the time Steve Miller opened for Pink Floyd at Knebworth in 1975 in front of 150,000 people and upstaged the Floyd). 1977's Book of Dreams is represented by the album's Top 10 hit Jet Airliner(which is here in its original album version and with the Threshold intro), the Top 20 hit Swingtown(also here in its album version), the Top 20 hit rocker Jungle Love and the album track The Stake(which is slightly edited). Winter Time(which was on GH 1974-78) is missing but appears on the European edition of Young Hearts which was a 2-disc set and True Fine Love(which was on GH 1974-78 as well) is also missing. 1982's Top 5 Platinum selling Abracadabra is represented by the #1 charting title cut(here in its single edit) and was Steve's last pop hit but what a track. 1984's dud Italian X-Rays is represented by Who Do You Love which was one of the album's few highlights. 1986's Living in the 20th Century is represented by the #1 rock radio and MTV video smash I Want to Make the World Turn Around and I believe this is the video edit on here as the album version was different. The track features Miller singing in a low octave and playing killer guitar solos and includes on tenor saxophone Kenny G(yes, the Kenny G who is the "king of schlock" and someone you least expected to hear on a rock record) on and does surprisingly good tenor sax solos instead of using the annoying soprano sax which he is famous for. 1993's Wide River is represented by the album's title cut(which was a rock radio hit in 1993) and Cry Cry Cry. This is a great Steve Miller starter kit for those who want to discover him and then buy his catalog after. Despite not charting high(as music was heisted by trashy pop hillbilly harlots, cavedwelling nu-metal dudes and thug rappers/whites who wanted to be boyz in the hood in 2003) but sales don't mean squat! Recommended!"
More Bang For The Buck!
J. E FELL | Carterville, Illinois United States | 10/14/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This new Steve Miller Band Complete Greatest Hits disk was released to replace the two previous "Greatest Hits" compact disks. Essential radio favorites like "Rock 'N' Me", "Take The Money And Run", "The Joker", "Fly Like An Eagle", "Jet Airliner", "Jungle Love" and Swingtown" are all included. Older favorites like "Space Cowboy" and "Livin' In The USA", and "My Dark Hour" from Miller's earlier career are thankfully included as well. "Abracadabra" Miller's biggest hit not included on the previous two domestic "Greatest Hits" compilations is also included. However, there are too many tracks included from his later period albums at the expense of better material from his earlier career. Great early perid songs like "Going To Mexico", "Steppin' Stone" and "Your Saving Grace" are nowhere to be found. In addition songs like "True Fine Love", a cover of "Mercury Blues", "Heart Like A Wheel" and the excellent lost outtake single from his boxed set "Rock It" would have been welcome editions. Despite the above limitations, this new cd is probably the best first purchase for someone who wants to acquire Miller's major hits but have a more comprehensive overview of his career. The music included speaks for itself. The catchy radio friendly hooks of his post Joker material contrast with his earlier "space blues" period. Miller's guitar playing proves to be clean and tight, while not as flashy as some his other contemporaries it is highly effective within the context of his songs. You will no doubt be humming or singing along with many of the songs on this disk! This is a good disk for those long car rides to work."
Steve Miller comp falls flat
btomarra | Little Rock, AR United States | 09/17/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The title "Young Hearts" alone is an indication that this compilation has problems. I don't know what "Young Hearts" has to do with this Steve Miller comp. Now if they put Heart Like a Wheel on it, it may make more sense.This import's liner notes talk it up how Abracadabra was missing from the 1974/1978 package. Of course, the album and hit single wouldn't be released for another four years. And they infer that Steve resisted but they finally wore him down...Maybe so, and yet Abracadabra appeared on the import Greatest Hits that Steve had involvement with.Yes, the liners mention it finally has Abracadabra! But! It's the single edit! And that's not the only edits hurting this best-of: Living In The USA is cut by 15 seconds, Swingtown is the album version with the last 20 seconds cut! Why not use the single edit if you are going to cut it? Worse yet, the sound suffers horribly from extreme application of Noise Reduction! Advice: get the Australian import Greatest Hits(not the Polygram Int'l version that uses the rerecording of The Joker) It has the missing singles (Give It Up, Heart Like a Wheel), Abracadabra is full length. It is available from Amazon.com!"
Prefer Aussie "Greatest Hits" CD
William | Australia | 12/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This 'complete' "Greatest Hits" supersedes the US "Greatest Hits 73-78" which is a good thing as we now get the early and later tracks on one CD. But be warned, it is not as complete as you might think. As other reviewers have stated, there is no "Heart like a wheel" or the preferred album version of "Abracadbra" and "Fly like an Eagle" (you get the radio edit of these songs instead). For me, the best part of this album is the 24 bit remaster of the songs and the inclusion of "I wanna make the world turn around". This particular track being a fine single from Miller in 1987.
However - in 1993, Warner Bros Australia released a 20 track Greatest Hits, which in my opinion, is a better compilation. It includes the full versions of "Fly like an Eagle" and "Abracadabra". It also includes "Heart like a Wheel", "Winter Time" and a lesser known hit "Keeps me wondering why". This CD is also digitally remastered, and what makes it particularly special is the songs were selected by Miller in conjunction with Warner Bros Australia. Miller has also prepared notes about each song and why they are important to him. Like all CD's, it is not perfect (no sign of "I wanna make the world turn around") but it is a much better purchase for the true fan. While the digital remaster may have been done in 1993 compared the "Complete Greatest Hits" being done in 2003, I noted the sound quality was better on the earlier when tested via computer.
The choice is yours. The Australian CD "Greatest Hits" has an orange cover and can also be bought on Amazon."