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“A Million Miles Away” is a perfect rock ‘n’ roll song.
From the opening snare drum whack to the final guitar fanfare, there is absolutely nothing about “A Million Miles Away” that isn’t utterly, totally and completely in my wheelhouse. Like its two obvious precursors, “Eight Miles High” and “I Can See For Miles,” it mixes soaring guitars, rumbling drums and glorious harmonies into a song that rewards repeated listens with new revelations.
And it was ever thus: I remember playing the original single — on Shaky City Records, prior to their Geffen deal — at a pre-on-air KFSR, and being utterly blown away from the start. (BTW, the Plimsouls wikipedia page states that it was re-recorded for Geffen, but the one version I found on YouTube the purported to be from the original single sounded basically the same; so maybe it was re-mixed. Why fuck with perfection?)