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Steve Miller Band
"Living In The 20th Century"

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Year of Release: 1986

track listing
  • Nobody But You Baby
  • I Want To Make
    The World
    Turn Around
  • Slinky
  • Living In
    The 20th Century
  • Maelstrom
  • I Wanna Be Loved
    (But By Only You)
  • My Babe
  • Big Boss Man
  • Caress Me Baby
  • Ain't That Lovin'
    You Baby
  • Behind The Barn

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    "Living In The 20th Century"

    Steve Miller makes his official debut on the WSVNRadio website, with his 1986 release, Living In The 20th Century. A great songwriter and musician, Steve Miller's music includes the great works of the keyboards and synthesizers. Compared to the greatness of another keyboardist/songwriter, Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra, both bands achieved the best years in the 1970s, and even Miller continued recording in the 1980s, his albums from those two decades have been outstanding, and some overlooked.

    Two songs from this release did get some considerable radio airplay, such as the rocker "Nobody But You Baby" and "I Want To Make The World Turn Around," where this song pointed Miller in a different direction, with it's new age jazz sound, and possibly the best song from this release. Even the instrumental "Slinky" can easily fit the new age jazz formats.

    The title track brings back the typical Miller rock style, yet the accoustic guitar "Malestrom" shows the softer side of Miller, and is a very inspirational instrumental. "I Wanna Be Loved (But By Only You)" returns the blues/rock style Miller was famous for, in his early years. Likewise, the standard blues classic "My Babe" has the great early blues sound, with harmonica.

    The remaining songs continues the blues: "Big Bos Man" has a medium tempo, where "Caress Me Baby" is a great slow, 3-chord blues boogie. The bouncy "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby" will have the listener hitting the repeat button on their cd players for more than one listen. "Behind The Barn" is another good blues song, having the medium blues tempo.

    Steve Miller started playing the blues early in his career, and the last 6 songs showcases his love for the blues. Adjusting to the latest trends in music at the time showcases the first 5 songs, where some songs follow the standard traditional Steve Miller style, and new age jazz. All in all, it's another enjoyable Steve Miller album, where any fan of his music will appreciate it.

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