Steve Miller Band – Children of the Future

ARTIST: Steve Miller Band                       Children_of_the_Future_(Steve_Miller_Band_album_-_cover_art)

TITLE:  Children of the Future

YEAR RELEASED: 1968

CHART ACTION: #134

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Roll with It

LINEUP: Steve Miller, Boz Scaggs, Lonnie Turner, Jim Peterman, Tim Davis

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Debut album mixed the blues and San Francisco psychedelia, and really was all over the place in quality and execution.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Steve Miller migrated out to San Francisco, founded a band that included his old buddy Boz Scaggs, and started to wow some of the hipsters on the scene – so much so that Capitol Records gave them a huge suitcase of money to sign.

Psychedelia being all the rage, Miller and crew augmented his neo-blues songs with psychedelic effects and sounds (like the Mellotron that’s prominent on “In My First Mind” and the whatever-it-is on “The Beauty of Time Is That It’s Snowing (Psychedlic BB)”.

Side one was a suite, and while side two linked together it wasn’t as thematic (or weird) as the first side. Scaggs’ “Baby’s Calling Me Home” and the wonderful B-side (why B-side?) “Roll with It” and ending with a mournful “Key to the Highway”, the second side was probably more in line with expectations.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Despite the psychedelic leanings, many of these songs were written while Miller was a janitor in a studio.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, one release with the non-album A-side to their debut single.

GRADE: B-:  The ending of the first side tests my patience. It’s 12 minutes of psychedelic noodling that goes on way too long.

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