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Greatest Hits 1974-78

Steve Miller BandAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002U98
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
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1. Swingtown
2. Jungle Love
3. Take The Money And Run
4. Rock 'N Me
5. Serenade
6. True Fine Love
7. The Stake
8. The Joker
9. Fly Like An Eagle
10. Threshold
11. Jet Airliner
12. Dance, Dance, Dance
13. Winter Time
14. Wild Mountain Honey

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The Joker; Fly Like an Eagle; Jet Airliner; Jungle Love; Take the Money and Run; Swingtown; Rock 'n Me, and so on. Great collection!

Greatest-hits collections often deprive the listener of the chance to experience an artist's true scope of talent. Not so with Steve Miller--his strength has always been more in crafting an occasional blast of FM-radio heaven rather than a dozen solid album tracks. Greatest Hits 1974-78 chronicles the best singles from Miller's most successful years, after he veered from Haight-Ashbury bluesy trippiness to more accessible blues-based pop-rock. There are the slippery grooves of "The Joker" and "Fly Like an Eagle," and there's the air-guitar-beckoning riff rock of "Take the Money and Run," "Jungle Love," "Rock n'Me," and "Jet Airliner." Don't expect groundbreaking art, expect references to the "pompatus of love" and instant gratification. Requisite listening at the classic-rock keg party. --Neal Weiss

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177 of 188 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Radio Edits January 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If I was Steve Miller, i would have been appalled with the way the record company edited down all of these great tracks. What the heck were you thinking Capitol? Every song is edited even the classics like "the joker" and "jet airliner". The best part of "jet airliner" is the awesome opening guiitar solo, well thanks to Capitol Records they edited most of it out.It sounds terrible.
Don't waste your money on this highly edited album.
If you want Steve Miller Band's greatest hits, I suggest you get
Steve Miller Band "young Hearts"-the complete Greatest hits.
Yes It might cost you a few bucks more BUT you get the full length versions of all songs and it is digitally remastered in stereo
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Rest of the album? June 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Sure, it may have their greatest hits, but they aren't the full versions, most of them are shortened, including Jet Airliner, fly like an eagle, the joker, and others. You're better off buying the original albums, Book of dreams, Fly like an eagle, and The Joker.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best recordings... March 3, 2000
By lo
Format:Audio CD
You love Steve Miller, your vinyl is wore out. Why not get the greatest hits on CD? They put the old radio cuts on this release. "Take the Money and Run" is shortened. And "Jet Airliner" is censored. Did the producers think we wouldn't notice?
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Greatest Hits collection June 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
During the five year period covered by this album (actually six, since "The Joker" was originally released in 1973) Steve Miller recorded as many great singles as any American rock artist. His career peak is captured perfectly by this album, which contains nearly every Steve Miller song you're likely to hear on classic rock radio. What is surprising is the diversity of sounds. You'll hear everything from guitar jams, keyboard solos, country stomps and even a little blues. This album lacks only 1982's "Abracadabra" and a couple of late 60's classics like "Living in the U.S.A." Overall, a fine collections for those who want the peaches from Steve Miller's tree.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not really his best June 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Greatest Hits" is good. No way is this the artist's best, though. I would definitely recommend each and every one of his albums before this. Yes, there's some edits here. Yes, "Jet Airliner" is censored. No, "Space Cowboy" and "Living in the USA" aren't found here. No, "Winter Time" was not a "hit". These factors make this a three star album. VERY casual fans will enjoy it, because most only purchase compilations. But if you want to dig deeper, but not buy every note (even though you should), get "Anthology". Don't even get the box set- its set list is way too confused, and the inclusion of several recordings made before Steve was a teenager does not serve the listener well. To the reviewer who said that Miller was the worst vocalist ever- I don't think so, and perhaps you should go back and ask yourself why this album is currently rated the number 800 selling album on (this comp is a quarter- century old, and Miller hasn't had a legitimate "hit" since the 80's ("Wide River" doesn't count).
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some people call me the space cowboy........ January 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you were a 70s child, you'll love this. But it's refreshing to know that today's youth seem to like it too. "The Joker" (where the lyrics in the title of this review came from, FYI) was one of the most laid back, witty, and enjoyable songs from that era that will bring fond memories to those who were there the first time around and smiles to just about everyone else (who can resist the "wolf whistle" on the guitar on this one). "Fly Like An Eagle" would have sounded mediocre in lesser hadns, but Steve Miller and co. make it worth repeated listening. "Take The Money and Run" is also a catchy story song about two losers who go on a robbing spree. You gotta love any tune clever enough to rhyme "facts is" and "taxes" in the lyrics. But enough of this, buy and enjoy for yourself.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The only 70's Steve Miller you'll ever need. December 23, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Steve Miller only had two albums - "Fly Like an Eagle" and "Book of Dreams" - plus one song (The Joker) that comprise this collection. Still though, it's worth it. Just like Creedence Clearwater before him, he was a singles artist, so a Greatest Hits is perfect. It's filled with classic mid '70s rock that you'd have to be crazy not to love.
1) Swingtown -- Not my favorite, but still a great long, slow good time rocker.
2) Jungle Love -- After the 'Space Invaders' intro, this becomes one of the harder rocking tracks, and a very fun, uptempo one at that.
3) Take The Money and Run -- A somewhat bluesy pop/rocker with a great story about 'Two young lovers' who go on a crime spree and 'Billy Mack', the Texas detective who does his best to capture them. It plays like a very interesting episode of "COPS."
4) Rock 'N Me -- Another blues tinged poppy rocker, this time about girls. A more typical rock & roll subject. Despite the overplaying of this one, it's a classic I'll never get sick of.
5) Serenade -- Not a great tune, but far from bad. This isn't as pop as some of the others. A slight throwback to his earlier pre-radio days, with it's spacey mid tempo beat.
6) True Fine Love -- The extremely underrated hit that got away! A breezy, happy, poppy 70's spirited rock tune about simply 'Finding me a true, fine love' and settling down. I'll just say that if you're mad before you hear this song, by the time it's over, you'll be a little less ticked.
7) The Stake -- The blues kick in even more here. Another one that could've fit on Steve's earlier albums. On it's own, it's okay, but I just like the previous song too much that it seems boring coming right after it.
8) The Joker -- SM's first hit, and still a rock radio staple.
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