Young Hearts: Complete Greatest Hits

Young Hearts: Complete Greatest Hits

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by Steve Miller Band
     
 
At his best, Steve Miller offered great rock & roll thrills -- sleek, insidiously catchy, relentlessly propulsive, effervescent pop gems, songs that were possessed with their own cheerful momentum that proved irresistible and surprisingly enduring. At his best, he made rock & roll that evoked its time but transcended it since its song and studiocraft were precisely

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At his best, Steve Miller offered great rock & roll thrills -- sleek, insidiously catchy, relentlessly propulsive, effervescent pop gems, songs that were possessed with their own cheerful momentum that proved irresistible and surprisingly enduring. At his best, he made rock & roll that evoked its time but transcended it since its song and studiocraft were precisely executed, and never running longer than needed; like all perfect pop or rock singles, they sound too short since you'd want them to last forever. Unfortunately, Miller at his very best is ten, maybe 12 (and if you're kind, maybe 14) songs, much shorter than the generous Complete Greatest Hits, which clocks in at 22 tracks. Strangely enough, that title is a bit disingenuous, since this does not contain all of Miller's charting singles, which, strangely enough, clock in at 20 tracks, if all the Billboard charts are used as a guideline. Of those 20 singles, a whole bunch are missing: "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' but Trash," "Going to the Country," "Heart Like a Wheel," "Circle of Love," "Give It Up," "Shangri-La," "Bongo Bongo," "Nobody but You Baby," and "Cool Magic." That's nine songs, nearly half of his charting singles. Then again, charting singles don't really tell the story of Miller and his band, since they were more popular on album-oriented radio than they were on the charts, which is why songs like "Space Cowboy," "Wild Mountain Honey," and "Dance Dance Dance" are better known than "Bongo Bongo." Nevertheless, if the compilers of this compilation were going to take its title seriously, these songs would be present (even if Miller seems to have disowned 1981's Circle of Love, since it's out of print and none of its singles are here), along with the cuts that remain staples of AOR to this day. Instead, it's a bit of a hodgepodge, containing all but three tracks from the classic Greatest Hits 1974-1978, plus the three other songs every listener wants: "Abracadabra," "Livin' in the U.S.A.," and "Space Cowboy." If those three tracks were substituted for those missing from Greatest Hits 1974-1978, this wouldn't be just the great Miller album; it would be one of the great rock guilty pleasures, the kind of records everybody would own but all serious rock geeks would be ashamed to have, even if they play it far more than Trout Mask Replica. But this collection meanders, adding a bunch of latter-day songs that are largely unknown. Some of them are good -- 1993's "Wide River," if given a better production, could be mistaken for the Steve Miller Band at its peak -- but by and large, they slow this record down more than necessary. What makes this recommended -- and, make no mistake, it is -- is that it contains that core 12 to 14 songs that would make for one of the great rock albums. What keeps it from essential is the eight to ten songs that surround them, particularly since this starts off so strong, and then peters out, saving "Dance Dance Dance" for a last hurrah. Even so, this is the only place to go for all of Miller's hits (not counting the 1999 Australia collection, which has a similar feel but a slightly sharper track selection and a little leaner 20-track running time). But keep this in mind: if you want a party, you want Greatest Hits 1974-1978, since the feel and the groove is the same, and it clocks in at 14 tracks and 47 minutes -- perfect length for repeated plays. At the end of the exhaustive Complete Greatest Hits you're pretty much exhausted -- glad you have the key songs in your collection, wishing that the disc itself was as sleek and irresistible as the best tunes here.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2003
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724359050928
catalogNumber:
90509

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Miller Band   Primary Artist
Paul McCartney   Musician
Boz Scaggs   Musician
Kenny G   Musician
Norton Buffalo   Musician
Tim Davis   Musician
Byron Allred   Musician
David Denny   Musician
Gerald Johnson   Musician
Gordon Knudtson   Musician
John McFee   Musician
Steve Miller   Guitar,Vocals
Jim Peterman   Musician
Ben Sidran   Musician
Dicky Thompson   Musician
Lonnie Turner   Musician
Greg Douglass   Musician
Gary Mallaber   Musician
John King   Musician
Bill Peterson   Musician
Juaquim Young   Musician

Technical Credits

Paul McCartney   Composer
Tim Davis   Composer
Byron Allred   Composer
David Cole   Engineer
Eddie Curtis   Composer
David Denny   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Mike Fusaro   Engineer
Jim Gaines   Engineer
Steve Miller   Composer
Ben Sidran   Composer
Lonnie Turner   Composer
Jim Welch   Art Direction
Steve Wise   Engineer
Greg Douglass   Composer
Joel Selvin   Liner Notes
Rick Fisher   Engineer
Jason Cooper   Composer
Chris McCarty   Composer
Steve McCarty   Composer
Glenn Johns   Engineer
Paul "Earthquake" Pena   Composer

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Young Hearts: Complete Greatest Hits 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
PLEASE SAY IT AIN'T TRUE. THAT THE LATEST COMPLINATION BY STEVE MILLER ISN'T TRUE. WHOEVER HEARD OF NOT PUTTING THE TRACK "FLY LIKE AN EAGLE" ON HIS UPCOMOING "GREATEST HITS" C.D.??? PLEASE RECONSIDER. THAT TRACK KICKS MAXIMUM BUTT!!! ESPECIALLY THE LONG VERSION. I HAVEN'T HEARD THE LONG VERSION IN YEARS! ALL I HAVE IS THE SHORT ONE. I STILL THINK STEVE IS A GUITAR GOD SENT DOWN FROM HEAVEN EVEN AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!!! KEEP ON ROCKIN' AND ROLLIN' STEVE AND PLEASE COME BACK TO THE GREEK THEATRE IN LOS ANGELES SOON. SURELY MISS YOU PLAYIN' LIVE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally, a best-of Steve Miller Band album that spans his career! If you've lived on 'Greatest Hits 1974 - 1978' for years, now you have an improved, expanded collection complete with most of the Greatest Hits album (MIA is 'Winter Time' and 'True Fine Love', but a Steve Miller Band fan should own both the 'Fly Like an Eagle' and 'Book of Dreams' albums anyway) and the big hits from the pre-Joker album ('Space Cowboy', 'My Dark Hour', Living in the USA') and of course, 'Abracadabra' all sit alongside 'Fly Like an Eagle', 'Take the Money and Run', 'Jet Airliner', 'Jungle Love' and 'The Joker' just fine. Good remastering job too -- if you wanted more than just the classic Greatest Hits but didn't want his uneven but comprehensive box set, go for 'Young Hearts'.