STEVE MILLER BAND • RECALL THE BEGINNING...A JOURNEY FROM EDEN • RARE TRANSLUCENT PURPLE VINYL • U.K. IMPORT
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Recall the Beginning...A Journey from Eden is the seventh studio album by The Steve Miller Band. The album was released in March 1972, by Capitol Records.
After the resounding critical drubbing for 1971's Rock Love, Steve Miller's worst-received release at that time, he rebounded a year later with this eclectic and much stronger set. It was his last as a cult artist before the commercial breakthrough of 1973's The Joker. The album, dedicated to Mahalia Jackson and Junior Parker, is split into two distinct sections. Side one dips into '50s doo wop with Enter Maurice acoustic folk-blues (High On You Mama), upbeat down-home pop (The Sun Is Going Down), and good-time R&B blues-rocking with horns (Somebody Somewhere Help Me) that pre-dates Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes' similar style by about five years. But side two is where Miller really hits his stride, with beautiful, somewhat psychedelic folk-rockers that add his blues and rock roots to the string-enhanced acoustic ballad Nothing Lasts, the haunting Love's Riddle and the shimmering closing title track, certainly one of his most endearing compositions (and the only selection to make the cut from this collection for his first career recap released later that year, 1972's Anthology). Nick De Caro's string arrangements are beautifully and expertly integrated into these songs and previous Steve Miller Band member Ben Sidran's production is sympathetic and spacious, as is veteran Bruce Botnick's (The Doors) engineering.