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  • Audio CD (June 1 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002UU0
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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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

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this album from the Rock singer, songwriter and guitarist. First album Children Of The Future was produced by Glyn Johns at Olympic Studios in London, and released in April 1968. The five-man line-up featured Steve Miller on guitar and vocals, Boz Scaggs on guitar and vocals, Lonnie Turner on bass, Tim Davis on drums and Jim Peterman on keyboards. The original side one of the album features a suite of linked psychedelic songs, while side two starts with two Boz Scaggs originals before culminating in a selection of blues cover versions. The bonus track is the non-album single side 'Sittin' In Circles'. The booklet of this Special Digipak Edition contains all the lyrics, a brand new booklet note by San Francisco journalist Joel Selvin, based on 2012 interviews with Steve Miller himself, and photos from Steve's own collection. Edsel.

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No doubt about it, it is Steve Miller's mid-1970s music that remains the most popular & well-known, thanks to it being replayed over & over on classic rock radio stations. So naturally, it's hard to believe that before he became a purveyor of almost-perfect AM radio pop, Miller was a psychedelic blues-rocker with just as much credibility as pioneers of the form like Cream & Vanilla Fudge. Nevertheless, Miller's long road to pop music legend began with 1968's CHILDREN OF THE FUTURE.
While it's almost certain that a great deal of the psychedelic music created in the late 1960s was by people who were high on hallucinogens more often than not, Steve Miller doesn't strike me as a person who was into that stuff. So it's even more of a wonder if music like that on CHILDREN OF THE FUTURE was created with almost no LSD or the like involved. It is high quality acid rock that was just as worthy of the best of its kind, even if commercially it was ignored by most of the marketplace.
The trippiest stuff is most certainly found on the first half of the album with songs like the folk-rocking title track (the harmonies are to die for), the epic soundscape "In My First Mind" (could have been from Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd) & "The Beauty Of Time Is That It's Snowing" (basically a continuation of the sound of "In My First Mind" with instrumental improvisation). One doesn't need to have been around in the Summer of Love to get the feeling of free love & peace that surrounded the making of music like this. "Pushed Me To It" & "You've Got The Power" (later used as the base for an epic jam in concert) are less-than-a-minute long sound bites that should be heard as part of the seamless suite that makes up the first half.
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Long before Steve Miller hit it big with commercial albums like "The Joker", "Fly Like An Eagle" and "Book Of Dreams", he put out 6 incredible albums, starting with this gem. His singing, songwriting and guitar playing were better than anything after "Journey From Eden". His overall sound was more musical (not the commercial formula that followed). Put on those 6 albums and you notice the naturallity of each piece, actually, you almost don't notice it because you are consumed by it. Put on "Fly Like An Eagle" and you are looking for drum intros, layered vocals, and programmed synths. To this day, I have never made love to a better song than "In My First Mind". You just get completely lost in that moment and then this really cool nightclubby blues guitar fades in and fades out as if washed by the sea and never to be heard from again. You know when a band does something so great that you want more, but you don't get anymore...tantalizing! "Baby's Calling Me Home" is just beautiful. "Key To The Highway" is so lazy that your needle might have stayed on the record for hours if the automatic arm return failed. But blues can either make you dance like mad or lull you into a tranquil calm. The fact that a reviewer for a prominent magazine back in 1968, compared this album to "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band", should have sent frenzied teenagers scurrying to records stores to see what all the fuss was about. But that did not happen, and NO, this is by no means, up to "Sgt. Pepper", not much is, unless it is another Beatle masterpiece. I challenge anyone reading this to slip this CD into your player, grab a cold beverage (wine would work fine...back then I had other ways to get my mind right), dim the lights and slowly start kissing your lover while "In My First Mind" plays. You will probably like to start at the begining of the disk, so by the time "In My First Mind " comes around, you will be where you need to be. Then, just relax and enjoy.
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Format: Audio CD
Children Of The Future joined engineer/producer Glyn Johns with the SMB, a partnership that would last for their next four albums. From one of the best debut albums of all-time, side two is one of the best album sides of all-time. It begins with Boz Scaggs' two fine contributions to the LP. "Baby's Callin' Me Home" is a mellow tune with Ben Sidran's filling in with jazzy harpsichord figures. It remained one of Boz' staples in his live shows for years. A raw, blending segue follows into the rockin' "Steppin Stone", with one of Steve Miller's great guitar solos and a seamless transition into "Roll With It", which features Beach Boy harmonies and another great solo from Steve. Then you hear footsteps and a door slam in the intro of "Junior Saw It Happen". It contains drummer Tim Davis' vocal and yet one more short, concise solo from Steve. "Fanny Mae" has been called a tip of the hat to the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and that sounds right with the late Davis on vocals again and Steve on harmonica. Side two ends by tucking you into bed with the slowest, most subdued version of "Key to the Highway" I have ever heard. I became a big SMB fan based on my initial exposure to this LP, only releasing my addiction when the Joker emerged. It might be considered strange that when SMB finally unlocked the key to commercial success, I dismissed Miller as a has-been. Alas, the public at large and I have disagreed on many counts. Nevertheless, IMHO this album is a masterpiece, merging blues with psychedelia. It remains a classic and still holds up with great guitar work, excellent vocals, interesting compositions and stellar production value.
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