"Fly Like an Eagle" (Capitol; 1976)

Reviewed by Snidermann

The Steve Miller Band is one of the main reasons I like rock'n'roll today. "Fly Like an Eagle" is one of those albums that I've owned on virtually every type of media (i.e., vinyl, cassette, CD and now the 30th Anniversary Special Limited Edition with a bonus DVD).

I know each tune on this album intimately and each time I listen I relive the musical experience as though it were still 1976. Stevie “Guitar” Miller is a masterful musician who changed the way I look at music. 

Since the tender age of 10, I knew that The Steve Miller Band was something special. Although I have heard many live recordings, I have never seen the band perform live. Now, with the DVD included in this 30th Anniversary Edition, I was finally able to see my childhood idol perform. The DVD, recorded live in 2006 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco, features Miller and the band performing all of the favorites and it's great. Miller also had some friends play with him at this show including Joe Satriani and George Thorogood (sporting a Steve Miller t-shirt). The video quality is starchy in some places and I actually noticed a backup singer miss a lyric but then again, I really, really know the song so I was probably the only one to notice. 

All in all I cannot be more jazzed to have this incredible recording in my collection. Even if you own the original, this 30th Anniversary Edition is worth picking up, even if just for the DVD. The CD has been re-mastered and includes 5.1 sound as well as three bonus tracks.

Steve Miller’s music will live forever.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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