Brave New World (Steve Miller Band album)

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Brave New World
Steve Miller Band - Brave New World.jpg
Studio album by Steve Miller Band
Released 16 June 1969 (US)
10 October 1969 (UK)
Recorded 1969, Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California and Olympic Studios, London
Genre Psychedelic rock, blues rock, hard rock[1]
Length 29:52
Label Capitol
Producer Glyn Johns and Steve Miller
Steve Miller Band chronology
Brave New World
Your Saving Grace
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone (favorable)[2]

Brave New World is the third album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1969. It is the band's first album following the departure of founding members Boz Scaggs and Jim Peterman, with Ben Sidran replacing Peterman on keyboards.

The tracks "Celebration Song" and "My Dark Hour" featured Paul McCartney (credited as "Phil Ramon") on backing vocals, drums and bass guitar.[3] "My Dark Hour" was recorded in a late-night session on 9 May 1969 after McCartney had had an acrimonious argument with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr over signing a contract appointing Allen Klein as The Beatles' financial manager. Miller was the only member of the band to attend the session, and the song emerged from him and McCartney jamming.[4]

The primary guitar riff on "My Dark Hour" was also used on the title track to Steve Miller's 1976 album Fly Like an Eagle.

"Space Cowboy" uses the same primary guitar riff as the Beatles' song "Lady Madonna," owing perhaps to McCartney's involvement on "My Dark Hour" and allied permission. It was released as downloadable content for the video game Rock Band on January 20, 2009.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Brave New World" (Steve Miller) – 3:27
  2. "Celebration Song" (Miller, Ben Sidran) – 2:33
  3. "Can't You Hear Your Daddy's Heartbeat" (Tim Davis) – 2:30
  4. "Got Love 'Cause You Need It" (Miller, Sidran) – 2:28
  5. "Kow Kow" (Miller) – 4:28
  6. "Seasons" (Miller, Sidran) – 3:50
  7. "Space Cowboy" (Miller, Sidran) – 4:55
  8. "LT's Midnight Dream" (Lonnie Turner) – 2:33
  9. "My Dark Hour" (Miller) – 3:07


Additional personnel


  • Glyn Johns and Steve Miller
  • Recording Engineer – Glyn Johns
  • Recorded at Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California. "My Dark Hour" recorded at Olympic Studios, London, May, 1969.
  • Photography – Ivan Nagy
  • Design - Lockhart


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1969 The Billboard 200 22


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  2. ^ Morthland, John (26 July 1969). "Records". Rolling Stone (San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc.) (38): 37. Archived from the original on 2 Oct 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1977). "1969 – "But If Paul's Alive, How Did He Die?". All Together Now – The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975 (Second ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 78. ISBN 0-345-25680-8. 
  4. ^ a b The Beatles Bible, "Paul McCartney performs on Steve Miller’s My Dark Hour"
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