|Fly Like an Eagle|
|Studio album by|
|Released||May 20, 1976citation needed][|
|Studio||CBS Studios, San Francisco, California|
|Genre||Rock, psychedelic rock, space rock, blues|
|Steve Miller Band chronology|
|Singles from Fly Like an Eagle|
Fly Like an Eagle is the ninth studio album by American rock band Steve Miller Band, released in May 1976 by Capitol Records in the United States, Canada and Japan and Mercury Records in Europe.
The album was a success, spawning three singles: the title track, "Take the Money and Run" and "Rock'n Me", and eventually receiving quadruple platinum certification from the RIAA.
Fly Like an Eagle was voted number 400 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000). In 2012, the album was ranked number 445 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time."
The album remains a staple of rock and its singles remain in constant rotation on classic rock radio stations in the United States and worldwide.
|Christgau's Record Guide||B+|
|The Village Voice||B−|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
Stephen Thomas Erlewine in a retrospective review for AllMusic felt that "the focus brings about his strongest set of songs (both originals and covers), plus a detailed atmospheric production where everything fits." However, he said that "it still can sound fairly dated", but concluded the review by saying that "its best moments [...] are classics of the idiom." Rolling Stone voted it 1976's Best Album. Jay Cridlin of the Tampa Bay Times described "Dance, Dance, Dance" as "the best John Denver song John Denver never recorded".
|1.||"Space Intro"||Steve Miller||1:15|
|2.||"Fly Like an Eagle"||Miller||4:42|
|3.||"Wild Mountain Honey"||Steve McCarty||4:51|
|4.||"Serenade"||Miller, Chris McCarty||3:13|
|5.||"Dance, Dance, Dance"||Miller, Joseph Cooper, Brenda Cooper||2:18|
|6.||"Mercury Blues"||K.C. Douglas, Bob Geddins||3:30|
|7.||"Take the Money and Run"||Miller||2:50|
|9.||"You Send Me" (*)||Sam Cooke||2:42|
|12.||"The Window"||Miller, Joseph Cooper||4:19|
* Contains a brief sample from Cheech & Chong's comedy routine "Championship Wrestling" (from Cheech & Chong's Wedding Album, 1974), inserted after the first verse. The sample includes the words "...c'mon, don't be nervous!"
A Quadraphonic mix of the album was available on the Quadraphonic 8-Track cartridge format (in which Track 1 - "Space Intro" is edited into "Fly Like an Eagle" as one track, and Track 6 - "Take the Money and Run" intro repeats twice).
On the U.K. original vinyl release "Space Intro" does not appear on track listing. A 40-second track called "Space Odyssey" segues into "Wild Mountain Honey".
In 2006 the album was re-released to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. The CD is digitally remastered and includes three bonus tracks and a bonus DVD features a concert performance at Mountain View, California's Shoreline Amphitheater in 2005 with over two hours of music in 5.1 Surround Sound (Note this surround mix is not based on the QUAD mix as track 1 and 6 are not different from the standard releases). Guest musicians include George Thorogood and Joe Satriani. The DVD also features a lengthy interview with Steve Miller, archive footage, never-before-seen photographs, and early demo recordings.
Live at Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 17, 2005
|Canadian Top Albums||4|
|Netherlands Top 100 Albums||7|
|UK Albums Chart||11|
|US Billboard 200||3|
|New Zealand Top 40 Albums||16|
|US R&B Albums||19|
|Canada (Music Canada)||2× Platinum||200,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||4× Platinum||4,000,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.