Steve Miller to release expanded editions of a few classics

Steve Miller started his recording career 50 years ago, and to mark the milestone, Capitol Records and Universal Music Enterprises will release expanded editions of some of his albums.

Miller has given the label access to his archive of music, footage, photos, memorabilia, artwork, handwritten notes, journals and more to include in the upcoming releases. Universal will put out his catalog projects, and new material will be released through Capitol. Miller, as always, will direct the concept and curation of the catalog releases, with the first one being announced soon.

Running through Miller’s distinctive catalog is a combination of virtuosity and song craft. His parents were jazz aficionados – not to mention close friends of Les Paul and Mary Ford – so, as a budding guitarist, Miller absorbed valuable lessons from that musical tradition. When the family moved to Texas, Miller deepened his education in the blues, eventually moving to Chicago, where he played with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy and Paul Butterfield.

Steve Miller was a mainstay of the San Francisco music scene that upended American culture in the late ’60s. The Steve Miller Band released two LPs on Capitol Records in 1968: Children of the Future, and Sailor which included “Living in the U.S.A.,” which became a staple on the new rock radio format. Next came, Brave New World, the band’s third album and included the hit “Space Cowboy,” and “My Dark Hour,” which Miller recorded in London with fellow label-mate, Paul McCartney, who is credited as Paul Ramon. He later repurposed that song’s catchy guitar riff for the title track to “Fly Like an Eagle.”

After the band’s next few albums, Your Saving Grace (1969), Rock Love (1971), Recall The Beginning (1972), Number 5 (1970), Miller made some changes to the band, went to Los Angeles and produced his own record in 19 days. That album was The Joker. The title track became a Number One worldwide smash hit. Miller had crafted a brand of pure pop that was polished, exciting and irresistible that dominated radio in a way that few artists have ever managed. His next two albums, Fly Like an Eagle (1976) and Book of Dreams (1977), both went multiplatinum, and the hits they generated are among the most recognizable songs in pop music history. Hit followed hit in what seemed like an endless flow: “Take The Money and Run,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner” and “Jungle Love,” and “Swingtown” to name a few. In 1978, Capitol released Greatest Hits 1974–78, which has sold more than 17 million copies worldwide. Miller’s had a worldwide hit with “Abracadabra,” the title track of his 1982 album and in 1986, a #1 Billboard’s Rock Album Tracks with “I Want To Make the World Turn Around.” To this day, his songs are instantly recognizable when they come on the radio their hooks are the very definition of indelible.

In recent years, Miller has immersed himself in the blues once again. And, as always, whether he was riding the top of the charts or exploring the blue highways of American music, he is playing and singing with conviction and precision, passion and eloquence. At this stage of his life, in 2017, Miller feels more fulfilled than ever. He recently moved to New York, where he is on the Board of Jazz at Lincoln Center and on the Board for the Metropolitan Museum’s Musical Instruments collection. And, of course, he continues to record and is currently on tour.

Check out Ultimate Classic Rock”s Top 10 Steve Miller Band tracks.