Greatest Hits 1974–78

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Greatest Hits 1974–78
SMB Greatest Hits-1974-78.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 1978
Recorded1973–1977
GenreRock
Length43:45
LabelCapitol (US) Mercury (Europe)
ProducerSteve Miller
Steve Miller Band chronology
Book of Dreams
(1977)
Greatest Hits 1974–78
(1978)
Circle of Love
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideA–[2]

Greatest Hits 1974–78 is a compilation album by the Steve Miller Band released in November 1978.

Content and comparison with other compilations[edit]

The album features the title track from 1973's The Joker plus 13 tracks taken from Fly Like an Eagle (1976) and Book of Dreams (1977). As a sign of the album-oriented rock times, all but one track came from their last two albums even though they had eleven studio albums at the time. On this 1978 album/CD release, the shorter 7-inch single versions of "Jet Airliner", "Swingtown", "The Joker", and "Fly Like an Eagle" are used, in lieu of the longer album versions.

A prior greatest hits album, 1972's Anthology, contained songs from the first five albums. The more comprehensive Young Hearts: Complete Greatest Hits in 2003 added early hits "Living in the U.S.A.", "My Dark Hour", "Space Cowboy", and "Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma" and later hits "Abracadabra", "Who Do You Love", "I Want to Make the World Turn Around", "Wide River", and "Cry Cry Cry", but dropped this album's "True Fine Love" and "Winter Time". On the 2003 compilation, the original album versions are used (although the track "Fly Like an Eagle" still fades out earlier than its album counterpart).

Track listing[edit]

Number in parentheses indicates the order of appearance on the 8-track version. Number in Brackets [] indicate the order on the original LP/Tape.

  1. (1)[1] "Swingtown" (Steve Miller, Chris McCarty) – 3:27
  2. (4)[2] "Jungle Love" (Lonnie Turner, Greg Douglass) – 3:10
  3. (5)[3] "Take the Money and Run" (Miller) – 2:50
  4. (6)[4] "Rock'n Me" (Miller) – 3:05
  5. (12)[5] "Serenade" (Miller, McCarty) – 3:10
  6. (2)[6] "True Fine Love" (Miller) – 2:37
  7. (3)[7] "The Stake" (David Denny) – 3:56
  8. (8)[8] "The Joker" (Eddie Curtis, Ahmet Ertegün, Miller) – 3:36
  9. (9)[9] "Fly Like an Eagle" (Miller) – 3:00
  10. (10)[10] "Threshold" (Byron Allred, Miller) – 1:05
  11. (11)[11] "Jet Airliner" (Paul Pena) – 3:33
  12. (7)[12] "Dance, Dance, Dance" (Brenda Cooper, Jason Cooper, Miller) – 2:16
  13. (13)[13] "Winter Time" (Miller) – 3:10
  14. (14)[14] "Wild Mountain Honey" (Steve McCarty) – 4:50

All selections published by Sailor Music, except "The Joker" by Sailor Music/Unichappel Music, Inc. and "Jet Airliner" by Sailor Music/No Thought Music.[3]

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Miller – synthesizer, guitar, keyboards, vocals, producer, compilation producer
  • David Denny – guitar, rhythm guitar
  • Greg Douglass – guitar, slide guitar
  • John McFee – Dobro
  • Bob Glaub – bass guitar
  • Gerald Johnson – bass guitar
  • Lonnie Turner – bass guitar
  • Byron Allred – synthesizer, piano, keyboards
  • Joachim Jymm Young – Hammond organ
  • Dickie Thompson – organ, clavinet
  • Norton Buffalo – harmonica on tracks 7 and 13
  • John King – drums
  • Gary Mallaber – percussion, drums

Production

  • Roberta Ballard – production manager
  • Mike Fusaro – engineer
  • Jim Gaines – engineer, mixing
  • Gene Hicks – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Steve Hoffman – remastering
  • Win Kutz – mixing assistant
  • Marcia McGovern – pre-production
  • John Palladino – executive producer
  • Jay Ranellucci – engineer, mixing

Artwork and design[4]

  • Kelley and Mouse – Cover illustration & design
  • Sam Shepard – cover lettering
  • David Stahl – photography
  • John Van Hamersveld – design

Sales and certifications[edit]

It has sold 14 million copies in the United States and is ranked 37th on the Recording Industry Association of America list of best selling albums. It also achieved Diamond certification in Canada (1,000,000 units) in 2003.[5] Two singles that reached No. 1 are "The Joker", which topped the charts on January 12, 1974 and "Rock'n Me" on July 6, 1976.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 8, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ Directly from the liner notes.
  4. ^ "All sizes | 10 - 1978 - Steve Miller Band - Greatest Hits 1974 - 78 - D- | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  5. ^ "Gold & Platinum Certification – August 2003". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on October 19, 2010. Retrieved August 21, 2010.