ARTIST: Steve Miller Band
TITLE: Children of the Future
YEAR RELEASED: 1968
CHART ACTION: #134
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.