After years of developing from psych beginnings to an increasingly mainstream rock outfit, the Steve Miller Band hit a creative and commercial zenith with the recordings that made up this and 'Book of Dreams'. Had they been a British band those albums might well have been released as a stunning double set, but in the US major labels have always wrought as much mileage as possible from the material at their disposal.
Some of the best stuff was saved for 'Book Of Dreams', but most of the hot tracks are here. 'Rock'n Me' was the first Miller single I ever heard, an infectious Strat driven boogie for which he admitted he lifted Paul Kossoff's 'All Right Now' riff. 'Take The Money And Run', a modern take on Bonnie and Clyde of dubious levity works on a similar level, as does the arresting, plaintive 'Serenade'. There are also two superb bluesy tracks, 'Mercury Blues' and 'Sweet Marie'.
Aside of this, some of the album is infused with a more space rock sound. The now celebrated title track combines this with Miller's rock sensibility to create a sublime, warm feel, as does 'Wild Mountain Honey'. The remaining tracks are an odd mixture. 'Dance Dance Dance' is a light slice of hillbilly and the cover of Sam Cooke's yucky 'You Send Me' is awful, but 'The Window' gives the album a good sign off. Overall, a terrific album.