Brave New World (Steve Miller Band album)

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Brave New World
Steve Miller Band - Brave New World.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 16, 1969 (US)
October 10, 1969 (UK)
StudioSound Recorders, Hollywood, California and Olympic Studios, London
GenrePsychedelic rock, blues rock, hard rock[1]
ProducerGlyn Johns and Steve Miller
Steve Miller Band chronology
Brave New World
Your Saving Grace
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone(favorable)[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[3]

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".[4] "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.[5]

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.

It was voted number 676 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000).[6]

In 2012, Edsel Records released a remastered version of the album.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Brave New World"Steve Miller3:27
2."Celebration Song"Miller, Ben Sidran2:33
3."Can't You Hear Your Daddy's Heartbeat"Tim Davis2:30
4."Got Love 'Cause You Need It"Miller, Sidran2:28
5."Kow Kow"Miller4:28
Side two
6."Seasons"Miller, Sidran3:50
7."Space Cowboy"Miller, Sidran4:55
8."LT's Midnight Dream"Lonnie Turner2:33
9."My Dark Hour"Miller3:07
Total length:29:52


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


AlbumBillboard (United States)

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 October 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2015.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0857125958.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b The Beatles Bible, "Paul McCartney performs on Steve Miller’s My Dark Hour"
  6. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (2006). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 219. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
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