Steve Miller Band – Fly Like An Eagle – Our White Hot Shootout Winner for 2017


Our White Hot Shootout Winner for 2017

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  • Amazing “Triple Triple” sound from start to finish with both sides earning our top A+++ grade
  • This album KILLS on a copy like this — lively, spacious, rich and clear. You won’t find better SMB sound on vinyl!
  • The title track and Take The Money and Run both sound amazing, as does everything else
  • “The key is focus, even on an album as stylishly, self-consciously trippy as this, since the focus brings about his strongest set of songs (both originals and covers), plus a detailed atmospheric production where everything fits.”

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On this killer copy you get plenty of richness and warmth, front and center immediacy, extension both up top and down low, and loads of energy. The synths have texture, the guitars are full-bodied and the bottom end is nice and meaty.

The top end of this album is a problem on most pressings — dry and somewhat brittle — but on a copy like this the highs are silky sweet and smooth. The soundfield is open and transparent with three-dimensional space that brings out the “trippy” qualities the band threw in all over this album.

We originally went into this shootout without high expectations, but we were BLOWN AWAY by the sound of the best copies. Not only did we find some that actually delivered the spacey goods, but the best of the best were actually Demo Disc quality! We never expected to hear this music sound so good.

Size

One of the qualities that we don’t talk about on the site nearly enough is the SIZE of the record’s presentation. Some copies of the album just sound small — they don’t extend all the way to the outside edges of the speakers, and they don’t seem to take up all the space from the floor to the ceiling. In addition, the sound can often be recessed, with a lack of presence and immediacy in the center.

Other copies — my notes for these copies often read “BIG and BOLD” — create a huge soundfield, with the music positively jumping out of the speakers. They’re not brighter, they’re not more aggressive, they’re not hyped-up in any way, they’re just bigger and clearer.

And most of the time those very special pressings just plain rock harder. When you hear a copy that does all that, it’s an entirely different listening experience.

AMG 4 1/2 Star Review

Steve Miller had started to essay his classic sound with The Joker, but 1976’s Fly Like an Eagle is where he took flight, creating his definitive slice of space blues.

The key is focus, even on an album as stylishly, self-consciously trippy as this, since the focus brings about his strongest set of songs (both originals and covers), plus a detailed atmospheric production where everything fits. It still can sound fairly dated — those whooshing keyboards and cavernous echoes are certainly of their time — but its essence hasn’t aged, as “Fly Like an Eagle” drifts like a cool breeze, while “Take the Money and Run” and “Rock ‘n Me” are fiendishly hooky, friendly rockers…

Though it may not quite transcend its time, it certainly is an album rock landmark of the mid-’70s and its best moments (namely, the aforementioned singles) are classics of the idiom.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Space Intro
Fly Like An Eagle
Wild Mountain Honey
Serenade
Dance, Dance, Dance
Mercury Blues

Side Two

Take The Money And Run
Rock’n Me
You Send Me
Blue Odyssey
Sweet Maree
The Window