Big Blasts From The Past – MARVIN GAYE And STEVE MILLER BAND

21 May 2021

Back in time…

Artist: MARVIN GAYE
April 2, 1939 – April 1, 1984

Album: WHAT’S GOING ON – his 19th LP
Released: 21 May 1971 – 50 years ago today
Score: Platinum in the UK / Gold in the US

Rolling Stone (Vince Aletti): “Ambitious, personal albums may be
a glut on the market elsewhere, but at Motown they’re something new.
The album as a whole takes precedence, absorbing its own flaws. There
are very few performers who could carry a project like this off. I’ve always
admired Marvin Gaye, but I didn’t expect that he would be one of them.
Guess I seriously underestimated him. It won’t happen again.”
Score: 5/5.

Singles: What’s Going On / Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

– WHAT’S GOING ON –

– MERCY MERCY ME (The Ecology) –

Stream album…

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MARVIN GAYE: All Albums

Band: STEVE MILLER BAND
Active: 1966–present

Album: FLY LIKE AN EAGLE – 9th LP
Released: 20 May 1976 – 45 years ago
Score: #11 in the UK / #3 in the US

All Music (Stephen Thomas Erlewine) Steve Miller had started to
essay his classic sound with The Joker, but 1976’s ‘Fly Like an Eagle’
is where he took flight, creating his definitive slice of space blues.
The key is focus, even on an album as stylishly, self-consciously trippy
as this, since the focus brings about his strongest set of songs (both
originals and covers), plus a detailed atmospheric production where
everything fits.
Score: 4/5.

Singles: Rock ‘N Me / Take The Money And Run

ROCK ‘N ME –
(Striking live rendition)

– TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN –
(From the same concert)

Full album…

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STEVE MILLER BAND: All Albums

THE STEVE MILLER BAND – Classic Slam Dunk ‘ROCK ‘N ME’ Numero Uno In The USA 40 Years Ago Today…

When timeless in sound and vision it’s a…

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6 November 2017

STEVE MILLER and his BAND released masterpiece album FLY LIKE AN EAGLE back in 1976. The second single from the LP is to me and millions the track to go completely nuts to. ROCK ‘N ME is no less than a classic diamond that puts a giant smile on my face every, countless, time I hear it while yelling the lyrics out loud, word by word. Here’s what author Steve Miller revealed about what inspired him to write his top-notch rocker, back then: “elements of “Rock’n Me”, particularly the intro, was a tip of the hat to British group Free’s “All Right Now”. Yeah, it’s a tack on the wall for Paul (Kossoff). I did one concert in the 2 years that I was off the road. I went to London and played with Pink Floyd… it was a big, huge outdoor show so we needed a big rock and roll number that was really going to excite everybody. I just put it together and didn’t think much about it.” The banger hit the top spot of the US singles chart on 6 November 1976. Forty years ago today!…

Here’s a stunning and euphoric live rendition that gets the audience
and definitely, you too on your feet while going totally bonkers…

Well I’ve been lookin’ real hard and I’m tryin’ to find a job
But it just keeps gettin’ tougher every day
But I got to do my part ’cause I know in my heart
I got to please my sweet baby, yeah
Well, I ain’t superstitious, and I don’t get suspicious
But my woman is a friend of mine
And I know that it’s true that all the things that I do
Will come back to me in my sweet time

So keep on rock’n me baby
Keep on a rock’n me baby (x3)

I went from Phoenix, Arizona all the way to Tacoma
Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A.
Northern California where the girls are warm
So I could be with my sweet baby, yeah

Keep on a rock’n me baby ( x5)

Don’t get suspicious, now don’t be suspicious
Babe, you know you are a friend of mine
And you know that it’s true that all the things that I do
Are gonna come back to you in your sweet time
I went from Phoenix, Arizona all the way to Tacoma
Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A.
Northern California where the girls are warm
So I could hear my sweet baby say

Keep on a rock’n me baby (x7)

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The top album – released 20 May 1976…