Ultimate Hits

Ultimate Hits

by Steve Miller BandSteve Miller Band


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Ultimate Hits may be something of a misnomer for the title of this 2017 compilation. In either its single CD or double-disc incarnation, Ultimate Hits contains the biggest songs from the Steve Miller Band, but they're surrounded by cuts that can't be classified as hits or even singles. This is especially true of the flagship double-disc, which opens up with an old recording of Steve Miller meeting Les Paul as a child -- a snippet that first surfaced on 1994's triple-disc box set Steve Miller Band -- followed by a live cut where Miller recounts the story for the crowd. Such sequencing suggests that Miller is more concerned with telling a narrative than presenting the nonstop party that the title Ultimate Hits suggests, and the first disc proves that to be true, offering an early airing of "The Joker" as a concession before unleashing a lot of latter-day live performances, including the only airing of the classic "Living in the U.S.A." Hits start to roll out toward the end of the first disc and carry through until halfway through the second, when the record shifts into second gear to close out the set. Several singles are absent -- "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash," "Macho City," "Wide River," "Ya Ya," "Circle of Love," "Cool Magic" among them -- which underscores that this Ultimate Hits is more of a career overview than a clearinghouse of familiar tunes. Listeners looking for just the hits should turn to 2003's Young Hearts: Complete Greatest Hits -- and, if they're all right with missing "Abracadabra," the 1978 LP Greatest Hits 1974-78 is the perfect distillation of Miller's prime -- because even in its single-disc incarnation, Ultimate Hits is too idiosyncratic for a casual fan. Instead, it's for the listener who is a serious Steve Miller Band fan but doesn't want to dig into the albums.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2017
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0602557618433
catalogNumber: 002674802
Rank: 13744

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Miller Band   Primary Artist
Kenny G   Saxophone
Norton Buffalo   Harmonica,Group Member
Sonny Charles   Background Vocals
Byron Allred   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
David Denny   Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Bob Glaub   Bass
Gerald Johnson   Bass,Group Member
Kenny Lee Lewis   Bass
John McFee   Dobro
Steve Miller   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Sitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Group Member
Lonnie Turner   Bass,Group Member
Greg Douglass   Guitar,Group Member
Gary Mallaber   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Kenny Johnson   Drums
Dickie Thompson   Group Member
John King   Drums,Group Member
Joseph Wooten   Keyboards
Charles Calamise   Bass
Curley Cooke   Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Joachim Young   Hammond B3
Jacob Petersen   Guitar
Gordy Knudtson   Drums

Technical Credits

Byron Allred   Composer
Eddie Curtis   Composer
David Denny   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Steve Miller   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Ben Sidran   Composer
Lonnie Turner   Composer
Greg Douglass   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Jason Cooper   Composer
Xilonen Oreshnick   Photo Coordination
Chris McCarty   Composer
Michael Bryan   Imaging
Paul Pena   Composer
Brenda Cooper   Composer

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