Elemental Music, together with Universal Music Spain proudly
presents a new CD reissue of the long unavailable Steve Miller Band’s masterpiece Recall the Beginning… A Journey from Eden.
This 1972 album, originally released by Capitol Records, was Miller’s seventh and last as a cult artist before the commercial breakthrough of 1973’s The Joker. “Dedicated to Mahalia Jackson and Junior Parker, it is split into two distinct sections.
Side one dips into ‘50s doo wop (‘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’) predating Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes’ similar style by about five years. Side two, on the other hand, 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. 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.” (Hal Horowitz, AllMusic)