Fly Like an Eagle is the ninth studio album by American rock group Steve Miller Band. The album was released in May 1976 (see 1976 in music) by Capitol Records in North America and Mercury Records in Europe. A Quadraphonic mix of the album was available on the Quadraphonic 8-Track cartridge format (in which Track 1 - "Space Intro" is edited into "Fly Like an Eagle" as one track, and Track 6 - "Take the Money and Run" intro repeats twice).
In 2006 the album was re-released to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. The CD is digitally remastered and includes three bonus tracks and a bonus DVD features a concert performance at Mountain View, California's Shoreline Amphitheater in 2005 with over two hours of music in 5.1 Surround Sound (Note this surround mix is not based on the QUAD mix as track 1 and 6 are not different from the standard releases). Guest musicians include George Thorogood and Joe Satriani. The DVD also features a lengthy interview with Steve Miller, archive footage, never-before-seen photographs, and early demo recordings.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic rated Fly Like an Eagle four-and-a-half stars. He stated that "the focus brings about his strongest set of songs (both originals and covers), plus a detailed atmospheric production where everything fits." However, he said that "it still can sound fairly dated", but concluded the review by saying that "its best moments [...] are classics of the idiom." Rolling Stone voted it 1976's Best Album.
(*) Contains a brief sample from Cheech & Chong's comedy routine "Championship Wrestling" (from Cheech & Chong's Wedding Album, 1974) inserted after the first verse. The sample includes the words "... c'mon, don't be nervous!"
A remastered 30th Anniversary Edition version of Fly Like an Eagle was released in 2006 that included 3 previously unreleased demo tracks: "Fly Like an Eagle '73", "Take the Joker and Run", and "Rock'n Me '76 Slow". A bonus DVD included the documentary "30 Years Rock'n", a live performance recorded in 2005, and the Fly Like an Eagle album mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound.