Sometimes I wonder why archivists bother releasing early recordings like these. First and foremost, it should be mentioned that Steve Miller has been around since the '60s as an impeccably talented blues guitarist. In fact, the blues are where he cut his teeth, and in Chicago of all places. It wasn't until 1966 that he moved to San Francisco and became part of the psychedilic rock movement. But it's not this era of his music that most people know and love the Steve Miller Band. In fact, a lot of casual fans of his music don't know of this era of the band at all. The Steve Miller Band most people know and love came about in 1973 with the release of 'The Joker', one of his best and most-beloved albums. The two albums he's best known for are 'Fly Like an Eagle' and 'Book of Dreams'--arguably his best albums ever recorded--and it's these three albums that have overshadowed his entire career. So why the sudden gust of Steve Miller (Blues) Band nostalgia? Is it their big 2014 tour with Journey? Who knows? Unless you're an absolutely die-hard fan of Steve's early work, don't even bother with this album. It's not a Capitol Records release, which sends up red flags that it's a bootleg recording. Put the CD into your stereo system, and the sound quality that will soon emit confirms your suspicions. Barely audible at a "normal" decible level, you REALLY need to crank the knob if you want to hear Steve's vocals. Then there's the hum, the ever-present hum of the Carousel Ballroom's PA system. My guess is our bootlegger held the microphone of his tape recorder right up to the speaker system and started recording. Somewhere in the midst of track 8 on the first disc is where that first side ran out, because the audio cuts out completely. I give this album 3 stars based solely on the solidity of the band's instrumental performance. The band was on fire that night, and the quality of their performance is the only thing that shines on this album. The jams that took place that night were pretty epic; the crime here is that a proper release was not done. Who knows exactly how long this recording has been sitting, but I'm sure the audio could have been cleaned up and remastered, the levels could have been balanced better, and that God-awful PA hum could have been removed completely. I know we can all learn to live with the hum, but it just murders the last two songs on disc 2. I'm just glad I came across this release through my local library and didn't actually pay my hard-earned dollars for this. By the way, who the heck are Keyhole Records, anyway...?
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
this is the 2 cd set live in 1968 with Boz Skaggs.
I would recommend this to a friend