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Steve Miller to Record a Big Band Album

Postby maccastheman » Fri Jun 16, 2006 3:36 pm

June 16, 2006, 11:05 AM ET

Gary Graff, Detroit
With a 30th anniversary edition of Steve Miller's "Fly Like an Eagle" due out this month, can the same treatment for its follow-up, "Book of Dreams," be far behind? Probably not, says Miller.

"[The label] has mentioned it," the artist tells Billboard.com with a laugh. "We'll see how this one goes. I think it makes sense. It's a good time to do it right now while we're doing all this archival work and finding this stuff and it's fresh in our minds. But we just finished this one, so let me enjoy it for a summer before I start thinking about the next one."

The "Fly Like an Eagle" anniversary edition, due June 27 via Capitol, features three rare outtakes from the original album sessions, plus a DVD containing an interview with Miller and a concert taped in September 2005 in Mountain View, Calif., with guests Joe Satriani and George Thorogood. Miller says his archives also include recordings he made with blues greats Cannonball Adderly and James Cotton, as well as scores of live shows.

"There's so much of it that you have to wonder what do you do with all that stuff?" he says. "We're looking at all of it and trying to figure that out."

Meanwhile, Miller is preparing for his next recording project, a collaboration with the University of Southern California Jazz Band that will take place at the end of the month in Capitol Records' Studio A in Los Angeles. Miller performed with the ensemble in April and plans big band arrangements of some of his hits ("Living in the U.S.A.," "Fly Like an Eagle," "The Joker," "Nature Boy") as well as covers of songs by Stevie Wonder, T-Bone Walker and Bobby Blue Bland. He hopes to release it later this year or in the first half of 2007.

"These kids really surprised me," Miller says. "They've had classical training, jazz training, but they all play by ear, too. They can do blues. They can do jazz. They can do Nine Inch Nails -- anything they want to. Anything they hear, they can play it. Their ideas are fresh, their playing is energetic and they're control was amazing. I'm really looking forward to recording with them."



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Postby maccastheman » Fri Jun 16, 2006 3:45 pm

Don't know what to think of this. It seems to be the thing for some aging rock stars to do now.

Back during the height of the swing revival, Phil Collins released a big band album, and now everybody is recording standards. (Rod Stewart, Boz Scaggs, etc.)

The funny thing is that I liked the last "original" album recorded by Boz Scaggs. (Dig in 2001) After that didn't do so well, he recorded an album of standards.


When Rod Stewart's original albums stopped hitting the charts, he recorded his standards albums.

What I think would be great would be an album of all original songs by Miller produced with a jazzier sound.

It's funny what the public buys these days - "I don't want to listen to any of your new music, but I love your oldies, and, by the way, if you record an album of really old songs I'll buy that, too."

I'm glad Macca hasn't jumped on the standards bandwagon. That music has it's place and there are people that do a great job of it, but it's just sad to see an artist jump to that as a last resort. (Just to stay commercially competitive - of course I would expect it out of Rod Stewart)

Maybe Miller's will surprise me and be really original and worth checking out. I just wish he would release an album of new songs. :? I think the last one of those he released was in 1993. :!:

Maybe some guys reach a point where they can't write songs any more? Thankfully Macca isn't anywhere near there...
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Postby 2 of 3 » Fri Jun 16, 2006 5:42 pm

I'm glad Macca hasn't jumped on the standards bandwagon.


Did you not hear any of his last 3 tours? :wink:






Oh, you mean standards he didn't write himself?...ok, now I get it. :)
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Postby maccastheman » Fri Jun 16, 2006 6:49 pm

2 of 3 wrote:
I'm glad Macca hasn't jumped on the standards bandwagon.


Did you not hear any of his last 3 tours? :wink:






Oh, you mean standards he didn't write himself?...ok, now I get it. :)


Ha! Good one. Yes, the live show needs some work. :? At least he still plays good. And for an oldies show, it's gotta be the best. I just don't know why we can't get more than 3 or 4 new songs in the set list. Heck, and by new I mean post 1980. :x
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