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Fly Like An Eagle

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  • Audio CD (July 18 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000GFRDN6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #85,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Space Intro
2. Fly Like An Eagle
3. Wild Mountain Honey
4. Serenade
5. Dance, Dance, Dance
6. Mercury Blues
7. Take the Money and Run
8. Rock 'N Me
9. You Send Me
10. Blue Odyssey
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Disc: 2
1. Swingtown - DVD
2. Fine True Love - DVD
3. Abracadabra - DVD
4. Dance Dance Dance - DVD
5. Wild Mountain Honey - DVD
6. Nature Boy - DVD
7. Mercury Blues - DVD
8. The Stake - DVD
9. shu ba da du ma ma ma ma - DVD
10. I Love The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love-DVD
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30th Anniversary Special Limited Edition CD/DVD of The Steve Miller Band's landmark album. The CD is digitally remastered and includes 3 bonus tracks. The DVD features a terrific concert performance at San Francisco's Shoreline Amphitheater in 2005 with over two hours of music in 5.1 Surround Sound. Guest musicians include George Thorogood and Joe Satriani. The DVD also features a lengthy interview with Steve Miller, archive footage, never-before-seen photographs, and early demo recordings revealing the genesis of rock classics like Take the Money And Run, Rock 'n Me, and Fly Like an Eagle. In one special segment Steve Miller plugs in his Stratocaster to demonstrate how licks learned directly from the likes of T-Bone Walker, Les Paul and Chuck Berry influenced his own music and became some of modern rock's most recognizable riffs.

This is the album that, in one eagle-sized swoop, propelled Steve Miller from a well-regarded but hardly widely known psychedelic San Francisco-based bluesman to a chart-topping, hit-single-generating pop star. Capitol records, who helped sire that transition by keeping him on the label through years of lackluster sales, celebrates the 30th anniversary of the event with this classy expanded edition. Those with surround sound systems will enjoy a stunning 5.1 mix highlighting the space-rock tendencies that so effectively offset Fly Like an Eagle's crunchier singles. Also included in the CD/DVD set is a worthy and informative half-hour interview/documentary with Miller about the making of the project and his blues background, as well as a riveting two-hour live show from October 2005 that includes most (but not all) of the songs on the album. The concert allows Miller to explore his blues, jazz, and even world music tendencies with fiddler/harpist Carlos Reyes adding gypsy/Cajun overtones to "Dance, Dance, Dance" and "Abracadabra." George Thorogood brings his gruff presence to "Your Cast Ain't Nothing but Trash," and a relatively restrained but intense Joe Satriani joins on the last third, which includes a 20-minute version of the title track. Despite its dated synths and somewhat antiquated production, the album holds up remarkably well, primarily due to its excursions into Delta blues ("Sweet Maree"), folk-pop ("Wild Mountain Honey"), and soul (a lovely cover of Sam Cooke's "You Send Me"). Three nascent versions of songs such as "Take the Money and Run" (retrofitted to the chord changes of "The Joker") appear as bonus cuts. They show how perfectionist Miller's tinkering helped craft them into radio-friendly hits that sound as catchy today as in 1976. --Hal Horowitz

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The Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like An Eagle" album is a staple of classic rock radio today. "Rock N' Me", "Fly Like An Eagle", and "Take the Money and Run" were huge hits and have stood the test of time, still getting steady airplay on classic rock radio. It's also a pretty diverse album with the blues of "Sweet Maree" and "Mercury Blues", the country of "Dance, Dance, Dance", and a cover of the soul classic "You Send Me". There's also the heavy keyboard flourishes on "Wild Mountain Honey" and "Serenade", which is just as catchy as "Rock N' Me", and may be the best song on the album. So why not 5 stars? First, this album clearly needs to be remastered as the sound quality is not up to par with the excellent material. Second, if you want the most popular tracks, you can just pick up Greatest Hits 1974-78, as the 7 best and most popular songs are on there. The other tracks include "The Window", the closing track, which isn't up to par with the rest of the album and 2 keyboard intros which have not stood the test of time. If you're looking for the stunning blues guitar of his earlier albums, you're not going to find it here. If you just want the best songs, your best bet is to just pick up Greatest Hits 1974-78.
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1976 was an extraordinary year for big-selling American AOR albums: 'Fleetwood Mac' (containing 'Rhiannon'), 'Frampton Comes Alive', Boston's record-breaking debut ... and this. Although clocking in at a fraction over than 38 minutes, Miller could have released it as a double album. The band laid down 22 tracks during the '...Eagle' sessions; many of those remaining would be used for the 'Book of Dreams' follow-up, in some ways an even better album than this.
Although Miller performed the occasional concert in the UK, he was strangely anonymous to the British public. To many, he is simply the man behind 'The Joker' and 'Abracadabra'. Even most of those who had bought '...Eagle' and 'Book of Dreams' knew nothing about the man. Miller had the status of a 'guitar hero', and yet there are next to no guitar solos on most of his albums.
Only Miller could rhyme 'northern California' with 'girls are warm yeah'. No lyric sheet is enclosed, by the way! The music is utterly classic, but the lyrics lack a certain something: 'ask my baby what she wants to be, she says a monkey in a tree'. Miller was always playful, but he knew how to write high-quality three-minute songs which were perfect for FM radio.
The riff on 'Rock'N'Me' is very close to Free's 'All Right Now', and Miller says he nearly chucked it from the album. Thankfully he didn't -- it was the album's worldwide chart-topping single. But the track had been written specifically as a crowd-pleaser for a 1975 concert at Knebworth, for an audience who would be largely unfamiliar with 99% of his material apart 'The Joker'.
It's virtually impossible for me to pick out the best track from an LP I've known for 25 years. I love Miller's synthesiser doodles, particularly on 'Blue Odyssey'.
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I think one of the best tests of an album's quality is if the songs still sound fresh and interesting years after its release. Well, 27 years have elapsed since Steve Miller recorded Fly Like an Eagle and after all this time it's still a very enjoyable album to hear. I like every track on this album with the exception of Sweet Maree, which seems kind of aimless and doesn't really fit well with the rest of the tracks. I also must take issue with the reviewer who referred to Miller's cover version of Sam Cooke's You Send Me as "by the numbers". The tight harmony vocals on this track are superb and make it stand out as one of the best tracks on the album. My favorite tracks are You Send Me, The Window, Serenade, Dance Dance Dance, and Mercury Blues. In my personal opinion, this CD is one that any rock afficianado ought to own. It's a classic from a year that brought us a wealth of great music.
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By Brent Evans on July 27 2000
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Steve Miller's transition from aquarius bluesman to top 40 hitmaker reaches a highpoint.Continuing in the same vein as 1973's THE JOKER;Miller's outstanding fretwork and friendly voice are now joined by hit parade sensibility.Songs like SPACE INTRO/FLY LIKE AN EAGLE,TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN,DANCE DANCE DANCE,ROCK'N'ME,SERENADE,and WILD MOUNTAIN HONEY all have appeared on "best of" compilations(and rightfully so).Steve Miller also pays tribute to his roots on fresh sounding covers of YOU SEND ME and MERCURY BLUES.Miller's band follow him confidently through different musical styles:blues,r'n'b,space rock,hillbilly.Although I would not include many of Steve Miller's albums in my collection(THE JOKER,BOOK OF DREAMS,and ABRACADABRA being the others),I always put on FLY LIKE AN EAGLE when I'm feeling down to cheer me up.A perfect slice of mid 70's top forty.
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"Fly Like and Eagle," can almost stand as a Steve Miller greatest hits album on its own. The title track, "Rock'n'Me," and "Take the Money and Run," are three of Miller's best known songs, while "Serenade," "Dance, Dance, Dance" and "Wild Mountain Honey" also appear on his 1974-78 Greatest Hits album. This was Miller at his radio friendly best, hook laden songwriting, ace lead guitar work, warm vocals and lyrics that occasionally soar with the music. The best of these songs still hold up a quarter of a centry later. The only down notes are the by-the-numbers cover of Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" and the fact that the rest of the material is filler, but that's just quibbling.
Overall, this is (arguably) the best of Steve Miller's original studio albums.
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