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5.0 out of 5 stars "...It's Here That I Want To Stay..." - Book Of Dreams by STEVE MILLER BAND (2011 CD Remaster), 22 Feb 2011
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Book of Dreams (Audio CD)
Released in February 2011, Edsel EDSS 1051 is a straightforward mid-price reissue of Steve Miller's 10th studio album and breaks down as follows (38:05 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 12 are the LP "Book Of Dreams" released May 1977 in the USA on Capitol Records SO-11630 and in the UK on Mercury 9286 453 (it peaked at number 2 on the US charts and at number 12 in the UK).

Six of the album's 12 tracks were issued across three 7" singles in both the USA and the UK - this CD will allow you to sequence them all as follows:

1. "Jet Airliner" b/w "Babes In The Wood"
April 1977 USA 7" on Capitol 4424 - April 1977 UK 7" on Mercury 6078 811

2. "Jungle Love" b/w "Wish Upon A Star"
August 1977 USA 7" on Capitol 4466 - September 1977 UK 7" on Mercury 6078 812

3. "Swingtown" b/w "Winter Time"
November 1977 USA 7" on Capitol 4496 - January 1978 UK 7" on Mercury 6078 813

This new UK reissue comes in a very fetching 3-way foldout card digipak featuring expanded artwork on both the front and rear - all of it in the same colour scheme as the original vinyl album. Inside the tri-gatefold - each member of the band is pictured and named for the first time - and there's a new 16-page booklet with comprehensive liner notes by JOEL SELVIN of the San Francisco Chronicle. Even the CD bears the now famous flying-horse logo that's become synonymous with the band (aping the labels of the original American album). There's several snaps of rare foreign picture sleeves for the 3 singles, photos of the group and Steve in the studio and playing live, the Capitol Picture Disc of the entire album is pictured and Lyrics are provided for the first time too. The packaging is very tasty indeed. But the real fireworks lie in the sound...

I've had the 1998 Eagle reissue for years just to have the album on CD - but this new 2011 sonic upgrade is truly superlative. Remastered by BARRY GRINT at Alchemy in London, the sound quality is massively improved on every track - and not just trebled up to the nines for effect. This is not a 'loud' CD for 'loudness' sake - it has power and muscle and great 'presence'.

Right from the synth intro on the instrumental opener "Threshold" through to the guitar and bass of "Jet Airliner" (a cover of a Paul Pena song - lyrics above) - the remaster is light, clear and wonderfully produced. There isn't hiss nor is there a feeling of over-compression - the instruments have air around them and sound 'live'. But Track 3 - the swirling and lovely "Winter Time" really ups the game - you can suddenly hear Norton Buffalo's harmonica playing more clearly and Lonnie Turner's bass - so sweet. "Swingtown" slides into existence with that fantastically tight drumming and when the guitar chords finally kick in - it's fabulous. The whistling synth intro of "Jungle Love" almost blows your out your speaker cones (but in a good way) while the acoustic guitar harmonics of "Sacrifice" give way to a great Les Dudek electric guitar solo complimented by Byron Allred's slinky keyboard touches swirling all around the entire song. The synchronized-guitars of "The Stake" are just huge now - irresistibly great rock written by band guitarist David Denny - while the 3rd instrumental and album finisher "Babes In The Wood" is a lovely and understated way to finish the record.

So there you have it - a great Seventies Radio-friendly Rock album given a properly cool makeover, good packaging, top sound - and at less than six quid - sporting a pittance of a price tag. Tremendous stuff...and recommended.

PS: Edsel of the UK have also issued single-CD card digipak remasters of the following albums (February 2011) which match the look of the above issue - they are "Fly Like An Eagle" (October 2010 CD+DVD set - see separate review), "Abracadabra", "Circle Of Love", "Live", "Italian X-Rays" and "Wide River"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting an old friend, 10 Mar 2013
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Haven't heard the album right the way through since owning a Vinyl copy 20 years ago - and its as great as I had dimly remembered. Solid all the way through with 'Winter Time' a stand-out track as well as the hits such as Swingtown & Jet Airliner. Get the Special Edition if you can - it includes a good booklet and is a high quality pack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Miller CD, 20 Jun 2012
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Peter B (Sussex, England) - See all my reviews
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Well I guess it depends if you like Steve Miller or not. I do, so I was pleased with this purchase. Also the CD worked out cheaper than the mp3 download.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 70's style, 26 Dec 2011
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What can you say about an album that stayed in the charts for many weeks and was played everywhere but still retains some degree of magic today.?
I can remember on the radio this blasting out in that summer of 77.
What a lot of people may not know is that this was actually the second album of a double set which was actually recorded one whole year before.Fly like an Eagle had come out to glorious reviews the year before .It sold approx some 6 million within that year 76.
The record company Mercury had vetoed the idea of a double album because of many reasons, one main reason being the thought that the general public would not buy a double album.
History had proved wrong , especially in 76 both 'Frampton Comes Alive and Humble Pie's 'Fillmore' had both sold in massive quantities.
Ok that's the reason and from my point of view had always believed this to be a myth.
So here's what you do .Put both albums back to back and then record them as one.
With cds this is possible for the first time .Play F.L.A.E to the end of 'The Window' listen to the disappearance of the synth and then play the start of 'Threshold' B.O.D's ok..You will need to record both albums with a program that allows both cds to be put on a playlist eg i tunes.When the synth lines fly off after the end of 'The Window '.they magically return with the start of 'Threshold' on B.O.D's . So the outro of F.L.A.E becomes the into to B.O.D's...Never believed it before until I got both albums and put this into practice.And I have to say it is bloody wonderful and to finally hear both albums as they were meant to sound is an revelation. A concept piece of sorts in so much they just go well.For the music contained in the grooves well, what can you say ? still sounds fresh and exciting today after being both remastered with great depth and tone ...A must buy for anybody who loves this stuff.
Holds up better than any other from that time .This would put it in the same league as Fleetwood Mac and The Beagles lol. Go buy both of them and amaze your friends ....Rock on ..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 July 2014
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Mr. James S. Edmondson (u.k.) - See all my reviews
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classic album with 2 hour concert extra
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5.0 out of 5 stars recapturing youth, 22 Jan 2014
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J. Smith "Jackie Smith" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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Steve Miller Band can do no wrong in my books; a superb album, brilliant purchase. All in excellent condition, p&p great
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5.0 out of 5 stars book of dreams, 10 Jan 2014
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It was perfect replaced a vinyl from years back.made a perfect table gift. Thank you. Nothing else to comment on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, and very speedy delivery - excellent service, 9 Jan 2014
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Great album and excellent delivery, the way all Amazon products should be - within 24 hours. I bought 3 other CDs at the same time as this one, but from different sellers - 2 of them arrived today, about 10 days after I ordered them, and the 3rd is yet to appear.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD BUT....., 6 Jan 2013
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Mr. Alfred W. Barnard "Alf: Dundee" (Dundee, Scotland.) - See all my reviews
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Not as good as Fly Like an Eagle (5*) but still well worth having. Do not like the 'special' effects on one track - how it became a hit is a mystery!
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