Album: Fly Like an Eagle
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One of the more interesting things about Steve Miller’s big mid-1970s singles is how sparse they are. Except for the organ on the spacey white soul prog “Fly Like an Eagle” and the synths on “Swingtown,” they’re all just guitar, bass, and drums. And most of the time, Miller doesn’t even bother overdubbing a second guitar.
That the sparsest of all, 1976’s “Rock ‘n’ Me”, was a hit at all is a bit of anomaly for the times, given that in late 1976, the lusher productions of disco were beginning to top the charts, so it was competing with the likes of Rod Stewart’s “Tonight’s The Night,” Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now” and The Bee Gees “You Should Be Dancing” and Elton John’s and Kiki Dees “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.” Whatever you might think of the merits of those songs, they were full-blown productions.