Capitol Records has announced a new pact with one of the most successful, acclaimed frontmen and guitarists in rock history. Steve Miller will bring his entire catalogue of recorded music back to the label where he spent a large part of his recording career, starting with the Steve Miller Band’s 1968 debut album Children of the Future.
Above photo: (L-R) Irving Azoff, Chairman, CEO, Azoff MSG Entertainment; Janice G. Miller, Sailor Music; Michele Anthony, EVP, Universal Music Group; Steve Miller; Bruce Resnikoff, President, CEO, Universal Music Enterprises; Susan Genco, Co-President, Azoff MSG Entertainment
The new deal gives Capitol/UMe access to Miller’s entire private vault and warehouse, featuring not only music but footage, photos, memorabilia, artwork, handwritten notes, journals and more. The recorded catalogue includes his 18 studio albums, boxed sets, live recordings and numerous compilation albums. Among these is the spectacularly successful 1978 retrospective Greatest Hits 1974-1978, which in March 2017 was certified 14 times platinum in the US alone.
The new pact calls for UMe to release Miller’s catalogue projects, while new material will be via Capitol. Miller is now directing the concept and curation for his Steve Miller Band catalogue releases, with details of the first project to be announced soon.
Steeped in a blues and jazz upbringing, the Milwaukee-born Miller would play with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and others as an emerging guitarist in Chicago. He became a key figure in the burgeoning San Francisco rock scene of the mid-1960s that led to the formation of the SMB and their first releases.
After a widely-admired series of chart albums, Miller and the band broke through to a top 40 audience with 1973’s No. 1 hit ‘The Joker,’ which helped the album of the same name go platinum. It began a remarkable sequence of huge-selling releases including Fly Like An Eagle, Book of Dreams and Abracadabra, the title track of which was another US chart-topper, as was ‘Rock’n Me.’
Miller and his band, whose most recent album was 2011’s Let Your Hair Down, continue to tour extensively, and are currently on a major North American itinerary with Peter Frampton. Now living in New York, he’s on the Board of Jazz at Lincoln Centre and on the Board for the Metropolitan Museum’s Musical Instruments collection.