Steve Miller Shares Previously Unreleased Song

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Guitarist/singer-songwriter/bandleader and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller has opened up his archive of recordings for the first time to present a 3-CD + 1-DVD boxed set. Welcome to the Vault, coming on October 11 via Sailor/Capitol/UMe, covers Miller’s six-decade career in 52 audio tracks, pairing a number of greatest hits and classics with 38 previously unreleased recordings, including demos, rehearsals, outtakes, vintage concert performances and five newly uncovered original Steve Miller Band songs recorded in the 1960s and 1970s. On August 15, Miller released a new song, “Say Wow!,” recorded in 1973.

Listen to “Say Wow!”

The accompanying DVD collects 21 live performances, among them rare TV appearances and concert videos.

[Also arriving Oct. 11 is Selections From the Vault, a 13-track edition on a single CD.]

Listen to the cover of “Love Is Strange” from Welcome to the Vault

Welcome to the Vault is accompanied by a 100-page hardbound book of photos, memorabilia and artifacts from Miller’s personal collection, as well as an exclusive 9,000-word essay by journalist David Fricke.

Scroll down for link to pre-order Welcome to the Vault.

Watch the trailer for Welcome to the Vault

Welcome to the Vault opens in 1969 with the Steve Miller Band covering Little Walter’s “Blues With a Feeling” at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, a previously unreleased 10-minute track. It includes “Super Shuffle,” recorded live at 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival followed by such previously unreleased tracks as an early version of “Going to Mexico” (originally found on 1970’s Number 5) as well as solo acoustic takes on Brave New World’s “Kow Kow Calculator” and “Seasons,” recorded on the road in 1973.

The sessions for 1976’s Fly Like an Eagle and 1977’s Book of Dreams are captured via alternate takes including “Fly Like an Eagle” as a 12-minute work-in-progress suite. Welcome to the Vault further includes a number of alternate version of Steve Miller Band tracks, mostly recorded prior to their commercial releases, and a recent big band reinterpretation of “Take the Money and Run” featuring fellow Texas guitar hero Jimmie Vaughan, recorded live at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, where Miller is involved as a performer, educator and curator focusing on blues music.

Listen to an alternate version of “Rock’N Me”

Covers of blues songs by Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson and Otis Rush are included, as well as country and R&B tracks such as Roy Acuff’s “Freight Train Blues” and Mickey and Sylvia’s classic “Love Is Strange.” A 1990 version of Jimmy Reed’s “I Wanna Be Loved” features guitar innovator Les Paul, recorded during his famed Monday night residency at New York City’s Fat Tuesday’s.

Welcome to the Vault closes with a pair of landmark tracks also released here for the first time that include Texas blues guitar legend T-Bone Walker performing his 1952 hit, “Lollie Lou,” on a tape made the year before in the Miller Family living room by Steve’s father George, a passionate jazz and blues fan and home recording enthusiast. The collection finishes more than 60 years later with Miller himself performing “Lollie Lou” at “T-Bone Walker: A Bridge from Blues to Jazz,” the December 2016 tribute concert curated by Miller at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Related: Our interview with Steve Miller

The Welcome to the Vault DVD features 21 incredible live performances, including rare footage from 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival, a Dutch TV filmed performance of the Fillmore West from 1970, a 43-minute September 1973 concert at New York’s Palace Theater broadcast on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert (unseen since the ‘70s), an ABC In Concert performance with James Cotton (1974), a performance of “Abracadabra” from Michigan’s Pine Knob from that album tour in 1982, and selections from Austin City Limits (2011), as well as Miller’s intimate 1990 performance with Les Paul at New York City’s Fat Tuesday’s.

Watch the Steve Miller Band at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival

The Steve Miller Band are teaming up with Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives for a U.S. tour which began in June. Miller calls it “An Amazing Evening of Original American Music—Classic Rock Meets Classic Country.” The trek concludes on August 31. See the remaining dates below.

Steve Miller Band 2019 Tour Dates (Buy tickets here and here)

AUGUST
16 – Billings, MT – Cove Creek Outdoor Pavilion
17 – Missoula, MT – Big Sky Brewery
19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden
21 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
22 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
24 – Stateline, NV – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
27 – Salem, OR – Oregon State Fair
28 – Airway Heights, WA – Northern Quest Resort & Casino
30 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle
31 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau Ste. Michelle

OCTOBER
2, 4 & 5 – Las Vegas, NV – Wynn Encore Ballroom

Welcome to the Vault Track Listing

CD 1:
1. Blues with a Feeling (Live) (1969) *
2. Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around – Alternate Version (1969) *
3. Super Shuffle (Live) (1967) **
4. It Hurts Me Too (Feat. Steve Miller Band) (Live) (1967)
5. Industrial Military Complex Hex – Alternate Version (1970) *
6. Living in the USA (1968)
7. Kow Kow Calculator – Alternate Version (1973) *
8. Going to Mexico – Alternate Version (1966) *
9. Quicksilver Girl – Alternate Version (1968) *
10. Jackson-Kent Blues – Alternate Version (1970) *
11. Crossroads (Live) (1973) *
12. Hesitation Blues (1972) **
13. Seasons – Alternate Version (1973) *
14. Say Wow! (1973) **
15. Never Kill Another Man – Alternate Version (Live) (1971) *

CD 2:
1. The Gangster is Back (Live) (1971)
2. Space Cowboy – Instrumental Version (1969) *
3. Space Cowboy – Alternate Version (Live) (1973) *
4. The Joker (1973)
5. The Lovin’ Cup (1973)
6. Killing Floor (1975) *
7. Evil (Live) (1973)
8. Echoplex Blues (1973) **
9. Rock’n Me – Alternate Version 1 (1976) *
10. Rock’n Me – Alternate Version 2 (1976) *
11. Tain’t it the Truth (1976) *
12. Freight Train Blues (1976) *
13. True Fine Love – Alternate Version (1975) *
14. The Stake – Alternate Version (1976) *
15. My Babe – Alternate Version (1982) *
16. That’s the Way It’s Got to Be (1974) **
17. Double Trouble (1992) *
18. Love is Strange (1974) *
19. All Your Love (I Miss Loving) – Alternate Version (1992) *

CD 3:
1. I Wanna Be Loved (Live) (1990) *
2. Fly Like an Eagle – Alternate Version (1974) *
3. Space Intro (1976)
4. Fly Like an Eagle (1976)
5. The Window – Alternate Version (1974) *
6. Mercury Blues – Alternate Version (1975) *
7. Jet Airliner – Alternate Version (1976) *
8. Take the Money and Run (1976)
9. Dance, Dance, Dance (1976)
10. Swingtown – Alternate Version (1976) *
11. Winter Time (1977)
12. Who Do You Love? (1984)
13. Abracadabra (1982)
14. Macho City – Short Version (1981)
15. Take the Money and Run – Alternate Version (Live) (2016) *
16. Bizzy’s Blue Tango* (2004)
17. Lollie Lou (T-Bone Walker) (Live) (1951) *
18. Lollie Lou (Steve Miller) (Live) (2016) *

* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED RECORDING
** PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED SONG

DVD:
Monterey International Pop Festival – 1967
– Mercury Blues
– Super Shuffle

The Fillmore West – Dutch TV Show El Dorado (Pik-In) – 1970
– Kow Kow Calculator
– Space Cowboy

Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert – 1973
– Star Spangled Banner
– Living in the USA
– Space Cowboy
– Mary Lou
– Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma
– The Gangster is Back
– The Joker
– Come on in My Kitchen
– Seasons
– Fly Like an Eagle
– Living in the USA (Reprise)

ABC In Concert with James Cotton – 1974
– Just a Little Bit

Pine Knob, Michigan – 1982
– Abracadabra

Steve Miller and Les Paul at Fat Tuesday’s – 1990
– I Wanna be Loved
– CC Rider

Live from Austin City Limits – 2011
– Fly Like an Eagle
– Living in the USA

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