Steve Miller Band
Greatest Hits 1974-1978


4.5
superb

Review

by The Door Mouse USER (29 Reviews)
June 9th, 2006 | 15 replies


Release Date: 1978 | Tracklist


This album was put together to show Steve Miller's brilliance. It has the best tracks from 1974 to 1978 including songs albums: The Joker, Fly Like and Eagle and Book of Dreams.

The band:
Steve Miller- Guitars and vocals
David Denny- Guitars
Gary Mallaber- Drums
Lonnie Turner- Bass guitar
Byron Allred- Keyboard
Greg Douglass- Slide guitar

Swingtown- This song gradually gets louder at the beginning starting with the drums repeatedly doing the hi-hat which goes through out the whole song. The verse comes in and then the chorus it repeats itself and goes to the keyboard and guitar solo. The song fades away then its over. 4/5

Jungle Love- This is a good song. It starts with a keyboard immediately slowing down and then a very catchy verse. This leads right into the chorus, which too is very catchy. The guitar is extremely exposed and rhythmic. The thing I dislike in this song is that there isn't a guitar solo. 5/5

Take the Money and Run- This to is a hit. It starts with a really good drum fill, in fact the drums are good through out the whole song. This is more of a story with music instead of a song. That's a reason to like this it. The solo is kind of like a chord progression. The song ends with the chorus. 5/5

Rock n' Me- This is a very recognizable song. The whole thing is a chord sequence. The verse leads into the chorus and repeats until the end. The things I don't like are that there isn't a solo and he uses one verse twice. 4/5

Serenade- This song is less upbeat then the other ones. It does the basics, verse into chorus a couple of times and then ends with the 'Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh' it's a good but not great song. 4/5

True Find Love- If you haven't even heard this song, right from the bat you could tell it is Steve Miller. It does the same routine as the others, verse then chorus but this song is different because it has a guitar solo even though this solo is the same thing as the rest of the song but its still a solo and that counts as something. 4/5

The Stake- This song starts out with a bluesy riff and never stops milking the blues. The keyboard stands out in this song. The drums are really bluesy also. The progression is verse, chorus a couple of times and then there is a nice guitar solo and a little while later another one comes in. I like the second solo better than the first. It's a very well written song. Hats off to them. 5/5

The Joker- This song is very recognizable and arguably their most famous song. The guitar solo is very relaxed and I love the bass line. This is just a song you can slow dance to. Everything is good with this song and I have nothing bad to say about it. 5/5

Fly Like an Eagle- This is also a famous song. Most of you younger people know it as the Space Jam song. It's very funky and laidback, cool and lax. They use good keyboard. It does its routine a couple of times then fades away. 4/5

Threshold- This song is a series of crescendos and decrescendos by the keyboard very mesmerizing but really no point in it. 3/5

Jet Airliner- The song is a little bluesy and a little folkish and a mix of everything. The song is about flying in a jet (pretty obvious when you look at the title). The music is really good and the lyrics are double-tracked. There is no solo though. 4/5

Dance, Dance, Dance- This song is very country based but still keeping the Steve Miller sound. I don't like it because of the country sound, but that's just me. If you like country I guess you would like it. It does have a pretty solo so I guess this song isn't that bad. 3.5/5

Winter Time- This song starts out with a gust of wind and then the harmonica and beautiful acoustic guitar kicks in. The bass and guitar are in perfect harmony. It switches to a very good guitar solo then back to the verse and then to the chorus. 4.5/5

Wild Mountain Honey- This starts out with bongos and gorgeous wind chimes that continue throughout the whole song and the then keyboard comes in. This is a really good song to meditate and really relax to. This song is very pretty throughout the whole thing. 4/5

Pros:
Steve Miller's genius
Great walking bass lines
The background to the songs

Cons:
Some songs are lacking solo

This album has the best songs and I don't think whoever made this just threw it together. I do think they put a lot of thought into it.



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metallicaman8
June 9th 2006


4677 Comments


Meh review. I'm not gonna neg it nor will I pos' it.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2006


16089 Comments


This is surely better than anything I could write methinks.
Add more info though,

metallicaman8
June 9th 2006


4677 Comments


Surely you must be kidding^? Your reviews are far superior to this.

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 9th 2006


4405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

He's being a dumbass, he knows his are better. I like Steve Miller quite a bit, actually. Very fly.

The Door Mouse
June 9th 2006


2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Ok guys be 100% honest with me, should i stop reviewing cuz my aproval rating is frekin 25% and i thought this was going to be a killer review

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2006


16089 Comments


Add more information to your frekin reviews dude, thats your biggest problem, they're just skimpy.

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 9th 2006


4405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh dude don't worry. You'll get better. You haven't been reviewing long at all.

tom79
June 9th 2006


3384 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hey, Steve Miller Band! sweet, nice to see them get some recognition. This is a solid compilation of the band in their prime.

And the review was decent.This Message Edited On 08.14.06

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Jom
Staff Reviewer
June 9th 2006


2712 Comments


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AeroZeppelin1
June 10th 2006


142 Comments


good songs, decent review, great album overall

wakeupdead
July 31st 2007


2208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cons:
Some songs are lacking solo
lots of songs are great, but have no solo.

The Door Mouse
July 31st 2007


2092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Eh, this is a shit review, I'm thinking about deleting all of the shit reviews.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 26th 2010


17231 Comments


i dont want to get caught up in any of that funky shit going down in the city

hardrockfanatic
March 9th 2012


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I like Steve Miller but I guess classic rock radio has killed all the hits for me. To me his more obscure stuff is far superior. This isn't a bad album to own if you just know the standards.

WatchItExplode
March 9th 2012


3314 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is essential listening.



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