I've always liked Steve Miller's mid-70's output and thought I should investigate his early years. After all, most artists seem to put out their best work in their early years. However, this album is a very coherent explanation for why the band only became so successful after the release of the Joker - put simply, the stuff from before then is not very good. This compilation ignores chronology to put The Joker (released 1973) as track 1 and it is a great way to start an album. Then we go back to songs from '68-70. None of the tracks is dreadful; some is good and there are flashes of originality (and some terrific guitar playing) but the vital ingredient that lifts the albums Fly Like an Eagle and Book of Dreams is conspicuous by its absence. So, if you've got all the post-73 albums you've got the best already. It might be worth buying this album to get a taste of the pre-commercial-success years, but I suspect you won't play it nearly as much as the later work.