Steve Miller Band – Young Hearts: Complete

After Les Paul gave him a guitar lesson, the Gangster Of Love never looked back

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Stevie “Guitar” Miller gets downplayed when talk turns to great West Coast acts who got out of the ’60s, but this Wisconsin-via-Texas stylist is better than his biggest hits?”Abracadabra”, “Fly Like An Eagle”?might suggest. This package heads for all the usual sources, from the Children Of The Future album onward, and predictably ignores 1972’s remarkable Recall The Beginning?the psych-pop blues and spatial-effects electronica of that album still sound ahead of the game. Commercial or cute, light or heavy, Miller is more influential and durable than his detractors believe.

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