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Fly Like an Eagle is the ninth studio album by American rock group Steve Miller Band. The album was released in May 1976 (see 1976 in music) by Capitol Records in North America and Mercury Records in Europe. A Quadraphonic mix of the album was available on the Quadraphonic 8-Track cartridge format.

The album was a success, spawning three singles, the title track, "Take the Money and Run" and "Rock'n Me", and eventually receiving quadruple platinum certification from the RIAA.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 450 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. On an updated list in 2012, the magazine listed the album at number 445.

In 2006 the album was re-released to celebrate its 30th Anniversary. The CD is digitally remastered and includes three bonus tracks and a bonus DVD features a concert performance at Mountain View, California's Shoreline Amphitheater in 2005 with over two hours of music in 5.1 Surround Sound. Guest musicians include George Thorogood and Joe Satriani. The DVD also features a lengthy interview with Steve Miller, archive footage, never-before-seen photographs, and early demo recordings.

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Reception[edit]Edit

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic rated Fly Like an Eagle four-and-a-half stars. He stated that "the focus brings about his strongest set of songs (both originals and covers), plus a detailed atmospheric production where everything fits." However, he said that "it still can sound fairly dated", but concluded the review by saying that "its best moments [...] are classics of the idiom." Rolling Stone voted it 1976's Best Album.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [2]

Track listing[edit]Edit

Side one
  1. "Space Intro" (Steve Miller) – 1:15
  2. "Fly Like an Eagle" (Miller) – 4:42
  3. "Wild Mountain Honey" (Steve McCarty) – 4:51
  4. "Serenade" (Miller, Chris McCarty) – 3:13
  5. "Dance, Dance, Dance" (Miller, Joseph Cooper, Brenda Cooper) – 2:18
  6. "Mercury Blues" (K. C. Douglas) – 3:30
Side two
  1. "Take the Money and Run" (Miller) – 2:50
  2. "Rock'n Me" (Miller) – 3:05
  3. "You Send Me" (Sam Cooke) * – 2:42
  4. "Blue Odyssey" (Miller) – 1:00
  5. "Sweet Maree" (Miller) – 4:16
  6. "The Window" (Miller, Jason Cooper) – 4:19

(*) Contains a brief sample from Cheech & Chong's comedy routine "Championship Wrestling" (from Cheech & Chong's Wedding Album, 1974) inserted after the first verse. The sample includes the words "... c'mon, don't be nervous!"

Personnel[edit]Edit

Additional personnel

30th Anniversary Edition[edit]Edit

A remastered 30th Anniversary Edition version of Fly Like an Eagle was released in 2006 that included 3 previously unreleased demo tracks: "Fly Like an Eagle '73", "Take the Joker and Run", and "Rock'n Me '76 Slow". A bonus DVD included the documentary "30 Years Rock'n", a live performance recorded in 2005, and the Fly Like an Eagle album mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound.


Live at Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 17, 2005
  1. Swingtown
  2. Fine True Love
  3. Abracadabra
  4. Dance Dance Dance
  5. Wild Mountain Honey
  6. Nature Boy
  7. Mercury Blues
  8. The Stake
  9. Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma
  10. I Love the Life I Live, I Live the Life I Love (featuring George Thorogood)
  11. Got Love If You Want It (featuring George Thorogood)
  12. Gangster of Love (featuring George Thorogood)
  13. All Your Love (I Miss Loving) (featuring Joe Satriani)
  14. I'm Tore Down (featuring Joe Satriani)
  15. Slow Blues (featuring Joe Satriani)
  16. Crossroads (featuring Joe Satriani)
  17. Fly Like an Eagle (featuring Joe Satriani)
  18. Take the Money and Run
  19. Rock'n Me
  20. Jungle Love
  21. The Joker
  22. Encore: Serenade (featuring Joe Satriani)

Charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1976) Peak

position

Canadian Top Albums[3] 4
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[4] 7
UK Albums Chart[5] 11
US Billboard200[6] 3
Chart (1977) Peak

position

New Zealand Top 40 Albums[7] 16
US R&B Albums[6] 19

Certifications[edit]Edit

Country Provider Certification

(sales thresholds)

Canada[8] CRIA 2x Multi-Platinum
United Kingdom[9] BPI Gold
United States[10] RIAA 4x Multi-Platinum
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