Abracadabra (Steve Miller Band album)

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Abracadabra
Studio album by Steve Miller Band
Released June 15, 1982
Recorded 1981 at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California
Genre Rock
Length 37:08
Label Capitol
Producer Steve Miller, Gary Mallaber
Steve Miller Band chronology
Circle of Love
(1981)
Abracadabra
(1982)
Steve Miller Band Live!
(1983)
Singles from Abracadabra
  1. "Abracadabra b-w Give It Up or Baby Wanna Dance or Never Say No depending on country;"
    Released: 1982 (1982)
  2. "Give It Up b-w Rock'n Me & Wish Upon a Star"
    Released: 1982 (1982)
  3. "Goodbye Love b-w Cool Magic"
    Released: 1982 (1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [2]

Abracadabra is the twelfth studio album by American rock band Steve Miller Band, released in June 1982 by Capitol Records in North America and Mercury Records in Europe.

Abracadabra charted in nine countries, including Germany where the record reached #1 for a week.[3] Three singles were released from the album, the title track, "Cool Magic", and "Give It Up", respectively, with the title song charting the highest.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Keeps Me Wondering Why" (Gary Mallaber, Kenny Lee Lewis) – 3:43
  2. "Abracadabra" (Steve Miller) – 5:08
  3. "Something Special" (Mallaber, Lonnie Turner, Greg Douglass) – 3:35
  4. "Give It Up" (Miller) – 3:35
  5. "Never Say No" (Mallaber, John Massaro, Lewis) – 3:37
  6. "Things I Told You" (Mallaber, Massaro) – 3:15
  7. "Young Girl's Heart" (Mallaber, Massaro) – 3:33
  8. "Goodbye Love" (Mallaber, Douglass, Turner) – 2:53
  9. "Cool Magic" (Mallaber, Lewis) – 4:23
  10. "While I'm Waiting" (Mallaber, Massaro) – 3:26

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Greg Douglass – guitar on tracks 3 & 8
  • Lonnie Turner – bass guitar on tracks 3 & 8
  • Produced by Steve Miller and Gary Mallaber
  • Recorded and mixed by David N. Cole
  • Additional recording by Gary Mallaber
  • Executive Producer – John Palladino
  • Photography – David Alexander
  • Art – Tommy Steele
  • Design – Tommy Steele / Jeff Lancaster

Charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
Austrian Top 75 Albums[4] 8
Canadian Top Albums[5] 4
German Albums[3] 1
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[6] 11
New Zealand Top 50 Albums[7] 47
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[8] 10
Swedish Top 60 Albums[9] 3
UK Albums Chart[10] 10
US Billboard 200[11] 3
US R&B Albums[11] 40

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
Canada[12] CRIA Platinum
United Kingdom[13] BPI Silver
United States[14] RIAA Platinum

References[edit]

  1. ^ Abracadabra Steve Miller Band Allmusic.com, Stephen Thomas Erlewine
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Album – Steve Miller Band, Abracadabra" (ASP). Media Control Charts (in German). Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra (Album)" (ASP). Austrian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ "50 Albums" (PHP). RPM 37 (2). August 28, 1982. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra (Album)" (ASP). Dutch Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra (Album)" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Chart Archive: Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive – 17th July 1982". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Steve Miller: Charts & Awards – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Gold & Platinum Database Results" (ASPX). Music Canada. Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved July 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Certified Awards Search" (ASPX). British Phonographic Industry. 
  14. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database" (PHP). Recording Industry Association of America.