The Joker (10/20/73) #1 US, #1 UK. Sales: 1 million. Airplay: 1 million
Take the Money and Run (5/8/76) #11 US
Rock ‘N’ Me (8/14/76) #1 US, #11 UK
Fly Like an Eagle (12/18/76) #2 US, #38 AC. Sales: 1 million
Jet Airliner (4/30/77) #8 US
Jungle Love (8/6/77) #23 US
Swingtown (10/15/77) #17 US
Notes:Young Hearts – Complete Greatest Hits was a single-disc career retrospective released in 2003. It covered most of the material on Greatest Hits 1974-1978 as well as significant material that preceded (“Living in the U.S.A.,” “Space Cowboy,” “My Dark Hour,” “Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma”) and followed (“Abracadabra,” “Who Do You Love,” “I Want to Make the World Turn Around,” “Wide River,” and “Cry, Cry, Cry”) that collection.
Greatest Hits 1974-1978
Steve Miller Band
“Greatest Hits 1974-1978 collects the majority of Steve Miller’s biggest hits – The Joker, Take the Money and Run, Rock ‘N’ Me, Fly Like an Eagle, Jet Airliner, Jungle Love, Swingtown – and seven album tracks that received a fair amount of airplay on album rock radio. The collection only covers a total of three albums – The Joker, Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams” (Erlewine), with only the title cut representing the first album.
Consquently, the collection is flawed because of its narrow focus. It would have been improved by trimming some of the recent album tracks in favor of reaching back into Miller’s late-‘60s and early-‘70s repertoire to include other familiar radio favorites like “Living in the U.S.A.” and “Space Cowboy” and lesser known, but minor hits “Going to the Country” and “Your Cash Ain’t Nothin’ But Trash.” Of course, the collection also captures a band who still had more hits to come, most notably the #1 “Abracadabra.” As such, while Greatest Hits 1974-1978 may be the higher acclaimed album, the 2003 Young Hearts – Complete Greatest Hits is a far better choice for sampling the work of Steve Miller.