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  • Audio CD (January 12, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1968
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000DRBJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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1. Song For Our Ancestors
2. Dear Mary
3. My Friend
4. Living In The U.S.A.
5. Quicksilver Girl
6. Lucky Man
7. Gangster Of Love
8. You're So Fine
9. Overdrive
10. Dime-a-dance Romance

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Oh yeah, try listening on headphones and it just gets better!
Mark from Minnesota
This is especially fortunate in a solid substantive recording like this, entirely lacking the pop that often characterized Miller's future work.
Jinkyu
Perhaps with the great music being made by them on albums like SAILOR, Capitol Records were too impressed to dismiss them from the label.
33-year old wallflower

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By 33-year old wallflower on February 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There's no doubting that Capitol Records' most successful act during the 1960s was the Beatles. So naturally when the new Fab Four record was ready for release, Capitol put all their energy behind it & pretty much giving their other acts not nearly as much attention. One of the bands that suffered from that record company back-burner status was the Steve Miller Band. After a fantastic debut earlier in 1968 with CHILDREN OF THE FUTURE, the band returned to the studio to follow it up. The psychedelic flights of fancy that marked FUTURE would still be in place, but the burgeoning pop sense that would make Steve one of the most successful artists of the 1970s was becoming more prevalent. Not to mention, one of his band members was already contemplating going solo. All that had an effect (beneficial in the end) on what became SAILOR.
Whereas FUTURE had no hit single to speak of, SAILOR finally had one, even if it was a relatively minor one. "Living In The U.S.A." was of course a live standard in the early, pre-stardom days & just edged into the Hot 100 on its first release, doing similar business when it was re-issued shortly after "The Joker" made Steve a superstar. It's a fantastically upbeat blues romp with excellent harp work by none other than Steve himself. The fact that the band had originally been called The Steve Miller BLUES Band is quite obvious here. I believe except for maybe "Space Cowboy", "Living In The U.S.A." is one of the few early songs that still gets an extensive airing in concert.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jinkyu on April 14, 2002
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Sailor is sort of a darkhorse album, maybe because it is one of the Steve Miller Band's earliest, but it is their best. Everyone knows "Living In The U.S.A." is on Anthology, but what is the studio album?--not sure. Yet Sailor is loaded, with this classic and so much else, definitely no wasted cuts. It contains some pretty, mellow songs, with a little psychedelia, and a number of excellent rockers, steeped in blues. All are marked by instrumental definition and fluidity, except for Boz Scaggs' raucous, fuzz-box-infused "Dime-a-dance Romance." While blending perfectly in the songs, the instruments also have distinctness and clarity, no distortion. Sure, this was the '60s (tho late), but Sailor is made up largely of potent, bluesy rock and roll, not easygoing folk rock. Still, you know what it is you're hearing, even in synthesizer enhancements, and you hear it clearly. This is especially fortunate in a solid substantive recording like this, entirely lacking the pop that often characterized Miller's future work.
The first two tracks are soft, atmospheric numbers, both exquisitely textured. The instrumental opener, "Song For Our Ancestors," with nice background organ, is fittingly punctuated by ship foghorns and melodic, vibrating guitar lines. In "Dear Mary," a pretty ballad, the band creates a sort of isolation, psychedelic in atmosphere, with soft soprano vocals and instrumentation that is mellow and distant. Sound effects of raining come in midstream, and there is even a sort of baroque or Elizabethan horn solo.
The big one, "Living in the U.S.A.," is the best song in an album full of good company.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Sailor, Miller's second album in 1968, bends from his trippy first album "Children of the Future." Still with the same band, his focus seems to be more on the 3 1/2 minute song as opposed to the suites he composed before. What he did retain was his love of sound effects to create a musical landscape. This album puts you somewhere, down by some bay on a gray, overcast morning. Seagulls, boats and foghorns open up the album with the track "Song for our Ancestors." An interesting journey with tremolo guitars and pulsating Hammond B-3 organ. "Quicksilver Girl" and "Dear Mary" are his most psychadelic on the album, giving way to the undeniable heaviness of tracks like "Livin in the USA" and "You're so Fine" "Livin in the USA" was the track that, many years ago, kicked the door open for me with the music of the SMB. I was so jacked up with the organ "cha-chucks" that accompany Miller's harmonica. Jim Peterman's B-3 playing has so much much thickness to it, it just rockets the song along. Scaggs and Miller also turn in great rhythm playing on this and every tune on the album. This album is trippy, yet greasy in a great way. Great late night party music. Yahoo!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2003
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This is one great record- and (for what its worth, did you know that Steve Miller (band) is NOT is the Rock and Roll of Fame? I don't think he's been nominated!
The Steve Miller Band had 5 top notch records up to 1970-This record in particular demonstrates all the great qualities of the band.
I got this record in 1970- simply because I heard the opener on late night FM radio and was captivated by the foggy San Francisco Bay imagery the song conveyed-An appropriate opener for a LP entitled 'Sailor'.
The album migrates from the spacey opener to some pretty tough blues rock number "My Friend" and the FM radio rocker "Living in the USA". Boz Scaggs contributes the album closers, two pieces of great blues rock. "Dime A Dance Romance" is great rocker.
"Quicksilver Girl" is one of Steve Miller's best songs and an overlooked gem.
I also like the organ and drumming on this record, a feature prominent on all of Miller's 60s records.
I would like to see his other 60s CDs given the remastered treatment this release and "Number 5" appears to have received.
ALL of these releases are worth purcahsing as they are ALL solid rock albums.
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