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  • Audio CD (November 30, 1987)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002U98
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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!

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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

Customer Reviews

This CD brings back great memories of the 70s and 80s.
Wounded Dove
I recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys rock music and it's definitely a must for any fan of this group -- you won't be disappointed!
Sharklady
A bunch of really good songs with not much in the way of "filler".
Darium Neubert

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186 of 197 people found the following review helpful By grady-lady on 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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72 of 81 people found the following review helpful By J. StJohn on 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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By lo on March 3, 2000
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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rock God on 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 amazon.com (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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Skylar on March 15, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The Steve Miller Band has been around for a long time and continues to release new music today, even so their Greatest Hits 1974-78 album remains the best-selling and most popular album. 1974-78 may only cover four years of the Steve Miller Band's incredible music but the music here is some of the best and most memorable they have recorded (also some of the most popular I may add). It's just a great feel-good-relax-take-it-easy kind of album which is wonderful and diverse; Steve Miller Band is an experience, let's put it that way. If feel that 1974-78 capture great music from a very special era, the 1970's, what you'll experience while hearing this is a feeling I hardly ever get with today's music (and trust me, I'm young!). This is an album I've listened to multiple times alone, with friend and even with my parents. It's great for a sunny day or a rainy day, just any day really because the music here is uplifting and seems fit for every type of day/mood. Let's just say it didn't sell over 13 million copies for nothing.

"Springtown" is a great mood-setter for this greatest hits album, starts it off really well. "Jungle Love" was always one of my fav Steve Miller songs, so catchy it's hard not to sing along to this one. "Serenade" is a very laid back song, simplistic with cool guitar work and a nice chorus. Who can forget the memorable intro to "The Joker"? The entire song has great lyrics and is fantastic. "True Fine Love" is one of my favorites, excellent song, and simple with nice lyrics as always. "Rock `N Me" has great guitars, is insanely catchy and never lets you go. "Fly Like An Eagle" is like a trip back in 1970's itself, it's almost magical, a highlight for sure. And those are only a few of the songs on 1974-78; the rest is just as good.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Smith on August 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a piece of history. It is something to be cherished and listened to on occasion. Nothing aggressive here, just good ol' fashioned rock and roll. Plenty of good vibes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason P. Pumphrey VINE VOICE on December 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This CD of Steve Miller's greatest hits from his mid seventies output is awesome!!! His signature tunes from his albums Fly Like An Eagle and Book Of Dreams are all here on one shiny little disc!!! The sound quality is top notch!!! A truly great collection!!! Two thumbs up!!! A+
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