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Children Of The Future [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Steve Miller Band Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Sep 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Edsel
  • ASIN: B0084BCUOQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1. Children of the Future
2. Pushed Me to It
3. You've Got the Power
4. In My First Mind
5. The Beauty of Time Is That It's Snowing (Psychedelic B.B.)
6. Baby's Callin' Me Home
7. Steppin' Stone
8. Roll With It
9. Junior Saw It Happen
10. Fanny Mae
11. Key to the Highway
12. Sittin' in Circles

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1. Children Of The Future
2. Pushed Me To It
3. You ve Got The Power
4. In My First Mind
5. The Beauty Of Time Is That It s Snowing (Psychedelic B.B.)
6. Baby s Callin Me Home
7. Steppin Stone
8. Roll With It
9. Junior Saw It Happen
10. Fanny Mae
11. Key To The Highway
Bonus track:
12. Sittin In Circles

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Edsel is proud to announce its reissue programme of the legendary first five albums by the Steve Miller Band, originally released between 1968 and 1970, and now issued in digipaks. After the success of his European tour in 2010, Steve Miller is returning for another ten date European tour in October 2012, including a prestigious concert at London s Roundhouse.

First album Children Of The Future was produced by Glyn Johns at Olympic Studios in London, and released in April 1968. The five-man line-up featured Steve Miller on guitar and vocals, Boz Scaggs on guitar and vocals, Lonnie Turner on bass, Tim Davis on drums and Jim Peterman on keyboards.

The original side one of the album features a suite of linked psychedelic songs, while side two starts with two Boz Scaggs originals before culminating in a selection of blues cover versions. The bonus track is the non-album single side Sittin In Circles .

The booklet of this Special Digipak Edition contains all the lyrics, a brand new booklet note by San Francisco journalist Joel Selvin, based on 2012 interviews with Steve Miller himself, and photos from Steve s own collection.

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When a legend began 22 April 2006
By Ghostgrey51 TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I still have the vinyl, purchased in 1968. My younger daughter gave me the CD for Christmas 2004. Once a month I carefully place the CD on my player and marvel that despite 35+ years the music is as fresh as when I breathlessly parted with diligently shepherded pocket money.

This was the Steve Miller Band's first album and was a successful merging of the psychedelic tracks with the more earthy blues numbers born out of Miller's musical apprenticeship. The tracks 'Children of the Future', 'My First Mind'(a majestic piece) & 'The Beauty of Time is That It's Snowing' are definitely in the first category, these are musical treats and spared a lot of the self-indulgent meanderings of some contemporaries (I love the way 'seashore & seagull' segment of 'The Beauty of Time' merges into a reprise of 'Children of The Future')

Now tracks 6 to 11 (or Side Two as it was called in my Day!) are just no-nonsense blues and rock tracks, standards such as 'Fanny Mae' mixed in with Miller and Boz Scagg's own toe-tappin' and head-noddin' offerings; I defy any one to sit still through 'Roll With' or 'Steppin' Stone'

Looking from a UK perspective most of Miller's early work is on import; I suppose downloading and I-pods will make them more accessible, but if you still yearn for the joy of owning an album of classic Psychedelic Era-West Coast music, then buy people, buy! It will be worth the wait, I assure you. (As Miller exhorts on 'Fanny Mae'...'Sock it to me Chicgaco Style Baby!')
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars UPGRADED AND SMOKIN'! 21 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This has been one of my favourite albums since it was first released a hundred or so years ago.
Great to have it remastered and sounding great!
It's made my go and buy several more SMB CDs.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost gem deserving better reissue 10 Aug 2011
By droflim
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Children of the Future [Import] Steve Miller Band Audio CD (29 May 1998)" is how this is sold on Amazon but there is nothing on the sleeve to give you any information - the "inside" is blank, all you get is the track list and a "p&c" date of 1989 (for some reason). If this is how Capitol (EMI) treat customers is it surprising they get ripped off?
Great record though and fine sound quality (remastered? who knows?). This was not on my UK radar in 1967 even though recorded in London (not that the sleeve tells you) - you'd be lucky to find "far out" stuff in the regional shops then. Still 44 years later my first listen impresses as it would have done then. Some debut. Original sides 1 and 2 both segued, and both different. Would I have bought the follow up "Sailor" when it came out - you bet, but it's not as good as this. In retrospect though it has all the hallmarks of his later AOR albums; to my knowledge his only later oddball was Macho City on "Circle of Love" in 1981. A lost gem this - and one deserving of some better presentation. If not, ideal for a first 5CD box set - where is it?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Progressive for its time 18 Dec 2012
By Neilt
Format:Audio CD
I like a lot of Steve Miller material. This debut album starts well with the first track but I need to play this album a few more times to get into it.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply trippy; you won't believe this is the same band! 6 Feb 2003
By 33-year old wallflower - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
No doubt about it, it is Steve Miller's mid-1970s music that remains the most popular & well-known, thanks to it being replayed over & over on classic rock radio stations. So naturally, it's hard to believe that before he became a purveyor of almost-perfect AM radio pop, Miller was a psychedelic blues-rocker with just as much credibility as pioneers of the form like Cream & Vanilla Fudge. Nevertheless, Miller's long road to pop music legend began with 1968's CHILDREN OF THE FUTURE.
While it's almost certain that a great deal of the psychedelic music created in the late 1960s was by people who were high on hallucinogens more often than not, Steve Miller doesn't strike me as a person who was into that stuff. So it's even more of a wonder if music like that on CHILDREN OF THE FUTURE was created with almost no LSD or the like involved. It is high quality acid rock that was just as worthy of the best of its kind, even if commercially it was ignored by most of the marketplace.
The trippiest stuff is most certainly found on the first half of the album with songs like the folk-rocking title track (the harmonies are to die for), the epic soundscape "In My First Mind" (could have been from Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd) & "The Beauty Of Time Is That It's Snowing" (basically a continuation of the sound of "In My First Mind" with instrumental improvisation). One doesn't need to have been around in the Summer of Love to get the feeling of free love & peace that surrounded the making of music like this. "Pushed Me To It" & "You've Got The Power" (later used as the base for an epic jam in concert) are less-than-a-minute long sound bites that should be heard as part of the seamless suite that makes up the first half.
The second half of FUTURE is more raw & down-to-earth with songs that feature Steve & his band (he's had more revolving members than a banana republic) having some fun. Early member Boz Scaggs contributes two songs that are quite different from the polished soul-pop that would make up his solo work. "Baby's Callin' Me Home" is a precious piece of folk-pop that literally typifies the San Francisco scene; "Steppin' Stone" is a louder slice of blues-rock that shows Boz can sing Black almost like no other White singer. He would go solo after the next album, but these two songs show Boz was just as equal to his childhood friend Steve Miller in talent & songcraft.
Steve's "Roll With It" is definitely the most traditional entry of his on the album with a laid-back excursion into country rock about a year before it was "officially" invented by Gram Parsons & the Flying Burrito Brothers. The album then closes out with three covers, one obscure & two semi-famous. The obscure one is "Junior Saw It Happen", originally recorded by forgotten '60s rockers The Disciples, and is a jumpy little number given a barnburning performance by the band (almost like hearing the Blues Brothers a decade earlier). Buster Brown's early-rock standard "Fanny Mae" is given a similar treatment, while Big Bill Broonzy's "Key To The Highway" is much more sedate, the country blues pedigree of it being articulated perfectly. "Highway" is certainly a good way to wind down after a half-hour of unabashedly trippy psychedelia.
While the low sales of this album may have belied the commercial dominance of his 1970s work, CHILDREN OF THE FUTURE showed that Steve Miller was an equal contender in the psychedelic rock sweepstakes who was unfortunately looked over by the music-buying public. Perhaps it was too trippy or bluesy for AM radio (FM was still coming into its own at the time), but CHILDREN OF THE FUTURE is an album that should be right up there Cream's DISRAELI GEARS or Vanilla Fudge's self-titled debut as a classic of the very heady & experimental decade of 1960s pop music.
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Significant, albeit unrecognized bit of American psychedelia/proto prog 31 Oct 2005
By Jeffrey J.Park - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Children of the Future (1968) is divided into two "halves" including: (1) the (nearly) 18-minute "Children of the Future" suite; and (2) six songs.

The Children of the Future suite is presented as a five-part song cycle/multi-movement suite hybrid (with the opening theme restated at the end) and is a superb example of proto-progressive rock. Although I enjoyed the entire piece (including the first five minutes of psychedelic pop), as a huge prog rock fan I was especially delighted with the spacey Hammond organ and mellotron playing on the haunting, achingly beautiful, and classically-influenced fourth part, "In my First Mind" (7'38") (as a side note, the fourth part was co-written by Steve Miller and keyboardist Jim Peterman, who obviously contributed the proto-prog aspects). The mellotron with the string setting is featured prominently throughout "In my First Mind" (to an even greater extent than the Moody Blues), and anticipates similar use of the instrument by British proggers King Crimson on their 1969 debut. This is but one example (of maybe five or less) where an American band actually used the mellotron. The fifth and final part of the piece, "The Beauty of Time is that it's Snowing" displays use of the avant-garde "found sound" technique that other experimental bands were exploring at the time. For example, atop a soft organ drone there is the sound of calling gulls, a subway, a conversation, a human voice shouting, a door sliding shut, a "radio" playing blues music, and the howling wind. In summation, Parts 4 and 5 collectively span 13 minutes and are simply excellent.

The second "half" of the CD is situated 180 degrees away from the experimental material of Children of the Future and features six, simpler songs. The songs range from the pastoral, psychedelic, and slightly jazzy blues of Boz Scaggs "Baby's Calling me Home" (which features just a harpsichord and acoustic guitar), to the heavy, "Cream-like" blues rock of "Stepping Stone", to the traditional (straight) blues pieces "Fanny Mae" and "Key to the Highway", which feature the harmonica as a solo instrument.

This recording is a great example of how late 1960's proto-progressive rock bands mixed disparate styles into what was (at the time) heralded as the new music that would "change the world". Ultimately this "third stream" style morphed into the prog rock of the 1970's. Chances are that if you liked this recording, you may also like two recordings by the English proto-prog band Procul Harum: "Shine on Brightly" (1968), which also features a lengthy multi-movement suite, and "A Salty Dog" (1969), which has a similar mixture of blues and psychedelic pieces.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Edsel "remasters" not necessarily "improved" 29 Sep 2012
By DJ MR Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I just purchased all five Edsel 2012 remasters of Steve Miller's early LPs from a local retailer. If you already own the capitol editions, issued in the 90s, I would not recommend investing in these newer versions. I compared all five Edsel CDs, including Children Of The Future, to the earlier Capitol CDs and also to the original US LPs. Overall the sound seems fine with clear detail and pristine presentation. Unfortunately the EQ for the new discs seems overtly bright and the high end dominates the listening experience. The earlier capitol versions have a much more natural sound. Also, played side by side, the Capitol versions more closely represent the sound of the original LPs (to my ears). That being said, the new Edsel issues are not terrible, just not worth replacing the ones you may already own. These new versions may be fine for the less picky ear or someone just getting acquainted with the music. If you are more tuned in to this kind of detail or you already know the material well, I'd go with the Capitol CDs from the 90s or original LPs. I always look for this kind of review if I'm contemplating the purchase of a reissue. If you are interested in what the music or songs sound like, or the skill and style of the players on the recording , I'm thinkin others here have or will described that very well.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun album...bad CD! 29 July 2007
By Barry P. S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Recently I was going through some old LPs I had sitting around and listened to this on a skipping vinyl copy and thought,"What a fun little psychedelic album. I'll have to buy it on CD."

So,at a local store I saw this album on CD and grabbed a copy.

Well,first off let me just say that there was no expense wasted on the booklet,....I mean NO money was used to print this! Ha! The cover is cut off ,meaning the artwork that used to read "Children of the Future" when you opened the album cover up completely now just says "The Future" because the back cover was ruined for the CD issue(small gripe ,right?).Next open the booklet and what's there.....NOTHING! No words no artwork ....a big NOTHING!

SECOND,take the CD out and listen. Since I'd just listened to the LP I was shocked when I played this....the bass guitar was EQ'ed right out of the sound! This was an LP not too unlike the sound of a CREAM LP....with bass in-your-face. Now the album is crystal fragile with ,like another reviewer put it,"no presence",....and what is a psychedelic album without presence? Ruined,that's what it is. So,another tin-eared mastering job kills what used to be a fun experiment in sound for Steve Miller and his Band.

This IS a good album,but you can't tell by listening to this ham-fisted re-issue. I have to go and buy a used LP of it somewhere,....and wait for some well mastered CD of this album to come out in the future.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Average Steve Miller 18 Dec 2001
By 60sfan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the first Steve Miller Band recording, when they were known in the Bay Area as The Steve Miller Blues Band. It's what was then known as a "concept" album, i.e., there are no clear cuts between songs--it segues from one selection to the next. If you can get past this rather dated affectation, the music is very good. It bubbles along, one song up, the next slow blues. It has been unfairly ignored for lack of a Top 40 cut, but that made it all the more endearing in its day because it was played almost entirely on what were then referred to as "underground" FM radio stations, most notably KSAN and KMPX in San Francisco. The lineup included Steve Miller, Boz Skaggs, Lonnie Turner, Jim Peterman and Tim Davis, all fine musicians who were more bluesmen than rockers at that point in their recording careers. If you like your blues with a psychedelic twist, you'll enjoy this one.
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