“Fly Like An Eagle” by Steve Miller Band - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1976Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

Ninth album from the San-Francisco-based rocker, his new core group recreated as a trio since 1973's “The Joker”. They line up: Steve Miller (vocals, guitar, keyboards, sitar), Lonnie Turner (bass guitar) and Gary Mallaber (drums, percussion). Throughout, Steve's use of his new ARP Odyssey synthesizer gives a strange kraut-in-usa-rock sensory experience. I'm not quite convinced. The album was, as expected, a big Top 3 success in the US and, for the first time, charted in the UK, peaking at #11. It houses four single releases; “Fly Like An Eagle” (#2), “Serenade” (didn't chart), “Take The Money And Run” (#11) and “Rock ‘n’ Me” (#1), which takes inspiration from Free's “Alright Now” and makes it seem kinda cool, against all the odds. Inexplicably, this is followed with an offensively dull rendition of “You Send Me” (Sam Cooke, 1957). What was he thinking? Finding a bit of late album cred, “Sweet Maree” (the 45 flip to “Rock ‘n’ Me”) delivers acoustic-then-electric blues authentically, thanks to some neat harmonica by the pucker guest, James Cotton.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [01:15] 3.0.png Steve Miller Band - Space Intro (Steve Miller, Ben Sidran) Electronica
A2 [04:42] 3.4.png Steve Miller Band - Fly Like An Eagle (Steve Miller) Psychedelia
A3 [04:51] 3.1.png Steve Miller Band - Wild Mountain Honey (Steve McCarty) Songwriter
A4 [03:13] 4.3.png Steve Miller Band - Serenade (Steve Miller, Chris McCarty) Cerebral Pop
A5 [02:18] 4.4.png Steve Miller Band - Dance, Dance, Dance (Steve Miller) Country
A6 [03:30] 2.3.png Steve Miller Band - Mercury Blues (K.C. Douglas) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B1 [02:50] 3.3.png Steve Miller Band - Take The Money And Run (Steve Miller) Rock
B2 [03:05] 7.7.png Steve Miller Band - Rock ‘n’ Me (Steve Miller) Rock
B3 [02:42] 3.6.png Steve Miller Band - You Send Me (Samuel Cook) Pop Ballad
B4 [01:00] 4.0.png Steve Miller Band - Blue Odyssey (Steve Miller) Psychedelia
B5 [04:16] 5.2.png Steve Miller Band - Sweet Maree (Steve Miller) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B6 [04:19] 3.6.png Steve Miller Band - The Window (Steve Miller, Jason Cooper) Soft Rock / A.O.R.

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