Brave New World (Steve Miller Band album)
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|Brave New World|
|Studio album by|
|Released||June 16, 1969 (US)|
October 10, 1969 (UK)
|Studio||Sound Recorders, Hollywood, California and Olympic Studios, London|
|Genre||Psychedelic rock, blues rock, hard rock|
|Producer||Glyn Johns and Steve Miller|
|Steve Miller Band chronology|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
Brave New World is the third album by American rock band 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 track "My Dark Hour" featured Paul McCartney (credited as "Paul Ramon") on backing vocals, drums, guitar and bass guitar, and he performed additional backing vocals on "Celebration Song". "My Dark Hour" was recorded in a late-night session on May 9, 1969 after an acrimonious argument between McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr over signing a contract appointing Allen Klein as The Beatles' financial manager. Lennon, Harrison and Starr walked out, while McCartney remained at Olympic Studios. Miller was the only member of the band to attend the session, and the song emerged from him and McCartney jamming.
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.
In 2012, Edsel Records released a remastered version of the album.
|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|
|7.||"Space Cowboy"||Miller, Sidran||4:55|
|8.||"LT's Midnight Dream"||Lonnie Turner||2:33|
|9.||"My Dark Hour"||Miller||3:07|
- Steve Miller – guitar, lead vocals (1, 2, 4–7, 9), harmonica
- Glyn Johns – guitar, backing vocals, percussion
- Lonnie Turner – bass guitar (all but 9), backing vocals, guitar
- Ben Sidran – keyboards
- Tim Davis – drums (all but 9), lead vocals (3, 8)
- Additional personnel
- Nicky Hopkins – piano (5)
- Paul McCartney (as "Paul Ramon") – backing vocals (2), bass guitar, drums (9), guitar (9)
- 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 (United States)
|1969||The Billboard 200||22|
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