|1. Children Of The Future|
|2. Pushed Me To It|
|3. You've Got The Power|
|4. In My First Mind|
|5. The Beauty Of Time Is That It's Snowing|
|6. Baby's Callin' Me Home|
|7. Steppin' Stone|
|8. Roll With It|
|9. Junior Saw It Happen|
|10. Fanny Mae|
|11. Key To The Highway|
In the seventies, the Steve Miller Band made a name for themselves by performing some of the finest pop-rock hits of the decade, such as Swingtown, The Joker, Take The Money And Run, and Fly Like An Eagle. Many fans of the Steve Miller Band have no idea that the band was once a far cry from the incarnation that became popular. The band's 1968 debut album, Children Of The Future, is just about as far from the band you know and love as you could possibly get. But is it a good album? Read on for my review.
If you're looking for pop-rock numbers like the band did in the seventies, you're looking in the wrong place. This was the band's very first full-length studio album, and on this album, they sound NOTHING like the Steve Miller Band of the seventies. This is psychedelic classic rock, comparable to bands like Cream and Vanilla Fudge. In fact, the band on this album sounds more like THOSE bands than their later self! This album may be radically different, but it still rocks. The album is kicked off with an interesting little instrumental number, In My First Mind, which grabs your attention and holds onto it. After that you get the title track, which is nothing short of excellent. The "first side" of the album provides mostly psychedelic rock-style tunes, some of which are instrumentals. The "second side" of the album, as another reviewer put it, features slightly more "down to earth" material. In fact, a few of the tunes on the album's side B were written by Boz Scaggs (he was a member of the band long before he became a popular solo artist!) Although many of these songs are excellent, this just isn't quite up to the quality of the band's seventies material.
My final verdict is simple.Read more ›
SMB is the first "progrsseive" band. The whole side of the Children of the Future song is steeped in mellow/sweet, spacey background and blessed harmonies remeniscent of the Beach Boys. It also features soothing ocean-side sounds which today would be called "new age". This of course means that SMB was also the original "new age" band!
The song is uplifting, full of pathos, beauty and grace. I loved it from the first chordal entries when I first heard the album as a teenager in '68. The whole side is a dreamy, orchestral reflection on life and love as viewed in that era. Still totally original and unscathed by nearly 40 years of imitations and so-called musical progress.
The other side is a meat & potatoes rocky-bluesy-folky delight.
Simplicity and fun at it's best. Catchy tunes with some touches of humour and bluesy sorrow. Good guitar playing. Lots of life and charisma, joy and laughter.
"Children of the Future" and "Sailor" are still, IMO, SMB's greatest, most avant-garde albums and have nothing to crave from any modern imitations.
"Somebody gimme a cheese burger!"
If your collection does not include this CD, then you are missing some great stuff. It will make you say "whoa, baby!" as you cycle it through the CD player again and again.
A truly phenomenal album that will cause you to say "Whoa, baby!" as you cycle it through the CD player again. If this CD is not in your collection, then you have a woefully inadequte representation of the best '60's music available.
Sorry for the double post - it didn't show up for a long time :-)