Tuesday, May 22, 2007

This is how it should be done.

Steve Miller has kicked out Fly Like an Eagle: 30th Anniversary.

Sigh. Why do they keep having to remind me it's 30 years old? (The latest remastered ELO had the same moniker.)

Oh well, other than that small quibble, this is the best re-release package I've ever had the joy of owning.

The remastering on the CD is what I've come to expect, but the 5.1 surround mix on the DVD is perhaps the best I've heard. It doesn't bastardize the original mix, or change the tunes (like the version of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours did). The bottom-end is luscious, and gosh it's fun to hear music that just seems made for a surround mix - even though it predates the technology by decades. (Sigh.)

Now, on top of that, it includes a 2 hour concert of Steve Miller and the original band he used on this and Book of Dreams. And it's great!

There's also a documentary I've haven't gotten around to yet, too.

So, for the price of a typical premium release (a CD the industry thinks will be a hit), you get 3 complete products.

If you're a fan of Steve, this is a must-have, for the concert alone.

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