Steve Miller Band – Sailor (1968/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 34:34 minutes | 829 MB | Genre: Rock
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Long before Steve Miller discovered the art of writing great short pop songs with infectious guitar licks, he led a dynamite band that featured Boz Scaggs. This incandescent album was their last together and for the vast majority of Miller followers it remains the pinnacle. Sandwiched in between the band’s love for the blues and R&B with “Gangster Of Love” and “You’re So Fine” are great rock tracks such as “Living In The USA” and “Dime-A-Dance Romance.” The desert-island choice, however, is the imaginative instrumental “Song For Our Ancestors.” Close your eyes while listening to it and, without needing artificial stimulants, you can actually hear ferry boats entering the harbor, as captured in audio verite for the track.
Second album Sailor was produced by Glyn Johns at Wally Heider s Studio in Los Angeles, and released in October 1968. But this was the end of the five-man line-up, as Boz Scaggs and Jim Peterman left soon after. The album includes the classic opening instrumental Song For Our Ancestors , perennial concert favourite Living In The U.S.A. and three Boz Scaggs songs.
Most definitely a part of the late-’60s West Coast psychedelic blues revolution that was becoming hipper than hip, Steve Miller was also always acutely aware of both the British psychedelic movement that was swirling in tandem and of where the future lay, and how that would evolve into something even more remarkable. The result of all those ideas, of course, came together on 1968’s magnificent Sailor LP. What was begun on Children of the Future is more fully realized on Sailor, most notably on the opening “Song for Our Ancestors,” which begins with a foghorn and only gets stranger from there. Indeed, the song precognizes Pink Floyd’s 1971 opus “Echoes” to such an extent that one wonders how much the latter enjoyed Miller’s own wild ride. Elsewhere, the beautiful, slow “Dear Mary” positively shimmers in a haze of declared love, while the heavy drumbeats and rock riffing guitar of “Living in the U.S.A.” are a powerful reminder that the Steve Miller Band, no matter what other paths they meandered down, could rock out with the best of them. And, of course, this is the LP that introduced many to the Johnny “Guitar” Watson classic “Gangster of Love,” a song that would become almost wholly Miller’s own, giving the fans an alter ego to caress long before “The Joker” arose to show his hand. Rounding out Miller’s love of the blues is an excellent rendering of Jimmy Reed’s “You’re So Fine.” At their blues-loving best, Sailor is a classic Miller recording and a must-have especially for the more contemporary fan, where it becomes an initiation into a past of mythic proportion.
01. Song For Our Ancestors
02. Dear Mary
03. My Friend
04. Living In The U.S.A.
05. Quicksilver Girl
06. Lucky Man
07. Gangster Of Love
08. You’re So Fine
10. Dime-A-Dance Romance
Steve Miller – guitar, lead vocals (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8), harmonica
Boz Scaggs – guitar, backing and lead (9, 10) vocals
Lonnie Turner – bass, backing vocals
Jim Peterman – keyboards, backing and lead (6) vocals
Tim Davis – drums, backing and lead (3) vocals