Abracadabra (Steve Miller Band album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 15, 1982
StudioCapitol Studios, Hollywood, California
ProducerSteve Miller, Gary Mallaber
Steve Miller Band chronology
Circle of Love
Steve Miller Band Live!
Singles from Abracadabra
  1. "Keeps Me Wondering Why (UK only) b-w Get on Home"
    Released: 1982
  2. "Abracadabra b-w Give It Up or Baby Wanna Dance or Never Say No depending on country;"
    Released: 1982
  3. "Give It Up b-w Rock'n Me & Wish Upon a Star"
    Released: 1982
  4. "Goodbye Love b-w Cool Magic"
    Released: 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]

Abracadabra is the twelfth studio album by American rock band Steve Miller Band. The album was released on June 15, 1982, by Capitol Records.

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

Track listing[edit]

1."Keeps Me Wondering Why"Gary Mallaber, Kenny Lee Lewis3:43
2."Abracadabra"Steve Miller5:08
3."Something Special"Mallaber, Lonnie Turner, Greg Douglass3:35
4."Give It Up"Miller3:35
5."Never Say No"Mallaber, John Massaro, Lewis3:37
6."Things I Told You"Mallaber, Massaro3:15
7."Young Girl's Heart"Mallaber, Massaro3:33
8."Goodbye Love"Mallaber, Douglass, Turner2:53
9."Cool Magic"Mallaber, Lewis4:23
10."While I'm Waiting"Mallaber, Massaro3:26


Additional personnel
  • 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


Chart (1982) Peak
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


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


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  2. ^ Steve Pond (1982-07-22). "Steve Miller Band: Abracadabra". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  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". Music Canada. Canadian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original (ASPX) on March 23, 2012. Retrieved July 10, 2011.
  13. ^ "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original (ASPX) on 2013-01-11.
  14. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database" (PHP). Recording Industry Association of America.