Steve Miller Band – Book of Dreams

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  • With two Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner – exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Present and lively with full-bodied tonality and plenty of three-dimensional studio space, only the best originals have the potential to give you this kind of sound
  • Jet Airliner, Swingtown, Jungle Love and Sacrifice all sound the way they should – BIG and ROCKIN’
  • 4 stars: “It is here, on this 1977 blockbuster, that Steve Miller shored up his “Space Cowboy” moniker and cosmic person …a highlight of the ’70s classic rock era and one of Miller’s finest releases.”

The sound here is fuller and livelier, with more punch and weight down low. When you hear a copy that sounds like this, you don’t need a pair of golden ears to know it’s right.

What outstanding sides such as these have to offer is not hard to hear:

  • Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
  • Natural tonality in the midrange — with all the instruments having the correct timbre
  • Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional studio space
  • The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
  • The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1977

No doubt there’s more but we hope that should do for now. Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the qualities we discuss above, and playing the best pressings against a pile of other copies under rigorously controlled conditions is the only way to find a pressing that sounds as good as this one does.

It took us a long time and a lot of different copies of the album to find out that there were pressings that rose above the mediocre sound most of us record lovers have been putting up with for decades. The sound may have been fine for the radio, sure, but disappointing on a serious audiophile system.

What We’re Listening For on Book of Dreams

  • Extend the top and bottom and voila, you have The Real Thing — an honest to goodness Hot Stamper.
  • Energy for starters. What could be more important than the life of the music?
  • Then: presence and immediacy. The vocals aren’t “back there” somewhere, lost in the mix. They’re front and center where any recording engineer worth his salt would put them.
  • The Big Sound comes next — wall to wall, lots of depth, huge space, three-dimensionality, all that sort of thing.
  • Then transient information — fast, clear, sharp attacks, not the smear and thickness so common to these LPs.
  • Tight punchy bass — which ties in with good transient information, also the issue of frequency extension further down.
  • Next: transparency — the quality that allows you to hear deep into the soundfield, showing you the space and air around all the instruments.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Threshold
Jet Airliner
Winter Time
Swingtown
True Fine Love
Wish Upon a Star

Side Two

Jungle Love
Electro Lux Imbroglio
Sacrifice
The Stake
My Own Space
Babes in the Wood

AMG 4 Star Review

It is here, on this 1977 blockbuster, that Steve Miller shored up his “Space Cowboy” moniker and cosmic persona: from the winged horse on the album cover to a judicious smattering of synthesizers in the music, Book of Dreams bridged the gap between blues-rock and the indulgences of prog rock… Still, this is a highlight of the ’70s classic rock era and one of Miller’s finest releases.