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Circle of Love [Import, Original recording remastered]

Steve Miller BandAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 31, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Eagle
  • ASIN: B00000B92A
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,495 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Heart Like A Wheel
2. Get On Home
3. Baby Wanna Dance
4. Circle Of Love
5. Macho City

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars UNBROKEN CIRCLE June 10, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This is a fine record, nothing wrong with it. The production values are high, the performances are solid. The sound is more "layered" than I typically prefer today, but I wouldn't say Steve overdid it. The opening track, "Heart Like a Wheel," is a jaunty, rockabilly romp with plenty of chipper guitar work and the smoothest of Miller lead and harmony vocal blends. I always did like Steve's voice. "Get on Home" is Miller's reworking of the traditional folk song "Cindy" and he manages to make it distinctive without losing the themes and references of the song; the "call-and-response" style of the chorus is especially likeable. "Baby Wanna Dance" sort of echoes the country tune "Dance Dance Dance" from 'Fly Like an Eagle' of five years before. The words are simple ("There've been some lonely, lonely nights/ I've seen some lonely, lonely sights") but the tune is catchy and, of course, it gets you moving. The title track is exceptionally beautiful. I once had an 8-track tape of this record and I always kept it in my brother's station wagon so that I could listen to "Circle of Love" with my dates. It never failed to set the mood properly. When I listened to it alone I grew appreciative of how the lead guitar glides over the chugging rhythm guitar as a perfect complement. As much as I loved (and still enjoy) Steve's earlier records ("Rock 'n Me" was one of my first 45s), this record has always had a special place in my heart, and much of its strength can be attributed to the title track. The final track (all of side 2 in the old days), "Macho City," is a 16 (or is it 18? Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of its time March 6, 2006
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This is another great performance by Steve Miller. Every song on the album is worth listening to:

Heart Like a Wheel - A great upbeat tune. Very catchy.

Get On Home - An excellent precursor to Born 2 Be Blue which wouldn't come out for another 7 years.

Baby Wanna Dance - Another very catch tune. This one gets me rocking and twisting in my chair at work when it plays in my headset.

Circle of Love - Though the title track is the weakest track on the album, it is a very listenable song and I enjoy laying back with the volume up loud in my headset at home and letting the music relax me. It's like a shot of good single-malt Scotch. It sort of just takes you away from it all for a few minutes.

Macho City - This is the track that seems to bother most people who comment here or elsewhere about the Circle of Love album. Most don't like it. I have liked it from the very first time I listened to it when I bought this album originally in vinyl when it first came out. You should listen to it. It is as on-the-mark in today's socio-political environment as it was when it first came out. I am typing this review while on the TV there are velcro people with x-ray sight making judgments about what's wrong and what's right, telling about macho man taking over this and taking over that. Like Steve Miller's Jackson-Kent Blues and Industrial Military Complex Hex, from the album Number 5, the much-maligned Macho City shows that Steve's music goes much deeper than The Joker.

This is an album, like all of Steve's albums, not to be missed.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vinylly mine November 8, 1999
Format:Audio CD
You might dismiss CIRCLE OF LOVE lyrics such as, "I gave her my heart, I was in love right from the start," as trite until the next day when you find these Steve Miller songs playing in your head! And the man can play - witness the guitar-pickin' on the title track. Then there's "Macho City," Steve's musical take on modern Manifest Destiny that will challenge those who think he's all happy-go-lucky. I recommend CICLE OF LOVE but as I write this it is available only as a rather pricey import. Also, this 1981 release may not seem like much bang for the bucks - five songs totaling less than 40 minutes. That's why I'm glad I got my copy of CIRCLE OF LOVE used, on vinyl, for two dollars.
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The Steve Miller Band released its eleventh studio album Circle of Love in October of 1981 in time for that year's Christmas sale.
By 1981, Steve Miller had not released an album of all new material since 1977's Book of Dreams followed by a Greatest Hits 1974-78 the following year. For 1979 and 1980, Steve laid low on his farm in the Washington countryside after the whirlwind of album/tour from 1975-78. Then in 1981, Steve (as always on guitars and vocals and producing) once again recruited drummer Gary Mallaber (his drummer since Fly Like an Eagle), keyboard player Byron Allred (keyboard player since the Fly Like an Eagle tour) and returning bass player Gerald Johnson (who last played on Steve's The Joker album) to record his first album of the 1980s. When it emerged at the end of 1981, would people like it or run for cover. I fall into the former whilst many did the latter. The album only had 5 songs (most of the songs written by Steve himself) and was just over 33 minutes long.
We kick the first half of the album off with "Heart Like a Wheel" which was the first single from the album and saw Steve Miller once again back in the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100. There was a video for this track which was an MTV staple. Next is "Get On Home" which was a New Wave sounding remake of an old tune called "Cindy". Next is a short, funky tune called "Baby Wanna Dance With Me" which was a Ramones-esque two minutes. We then end the first side with with the epic title track which is a 6 and a half minute minute acoustic ballad which turns into a stretch spotlight for Steve's various guitar styles (his superb slide, acoustic and regular lead playing are here) and has arguably Steve Miller's best guitar work ever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 80 s extended play +
Steve miller excelles on this 1980 work of art. The title track is worth the price alone.Vinyl does it justice yet again !
Published 3 months ago by Dan van schayk
5.0 out of 5 stars Very much worth it.
I have read about this album in the past.With only 6 tracks,is low (10 would've been nice).I also remember what was said about the last track,"Macho City",that it was... Read more
Published 10 months ago by GLJ66
5.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as "Abracadabra" album
This is also a nice album, contains the song " Heart Like A Wheel"
But not as good as their Abracadabra album.
Published 14 months ago by johnsteveyap
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve miller fan
I like his 80's stuff and his new thing. this one is a good one to have if you like his 80's stuff.
Published 15 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful album
This is one of my favorite Steve Miller albums - very upbeat and he brings out these wonderful emotions to enjoy life.
Published 18 months ago by michael Bang
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Miller's Circle
Five years after Steve Miller dropped his last album Book of Dreams he realesed this album. Obviously realizing that he could not simply proceed to make music in his previous... Read more
Published on December 12, 2009 by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't believe that this Steve Miller Band album/CD is out of print
I've had this CD for for nearly 20 years now. I've only learned just recently that it has been remotely unavailable on CD for many, many, years now. I never gave it a thought. Read more
Published on May 10, 2009 by Rykre
3.0 out of 5 stars Steve's Burnt Offering: 5/10 rating
The Space Cowboy tried to do what was right for the 1980's to his galactic ears, but comes up with a burnt offering for 1981's "Circle Of Love". Read more
Published on March 7, 2009 by Christopher A. Morgan
2.0 out of 5 stars Miller overreaches, comes up a bit short
Steve Miller took his signature blues rock and rockabilly of the 1970s and mixed in some trendy synth-pop and hip-hop of the early 1980s, creating an uneven album that has its high... Read more
Published on November 4, 2008 by Nick
2.0 out of 5 stars Huh?
What the hell was he thinking here? This is the worst Steve Miller album, especially after the success of Book of Dreams. Read more
Published on September 5, 2007 by A. J. Tubiola
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