20 Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the Sixties That You've Never Heard

We praised them 45 years ago — and you should listen to them today!

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Steve Miller Band, 'Children of the Future'
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Steve Miller Band, 'Children of the Future'

Fans of "Jet Airliner," "Take the Money and Run," and "Fly Like an Eagle" wouldn't recognize this incarnation of the Steve Miller Band. Five years before "The Joker" topped the Billboard Hot 100 and the group became one of the Seventies' biggest hits machines, the Steve Miller Band was just another psychedelic band in San Francisco during the Summer of Love. On their debut album, Miller featured guitarist Boz Scaggs and keyboardist Jim Peterman. By 1969, those two were out of the group and Steve Miller Band adopted a much more pop-rock sound. Still, Children of the Future showcased how infectious psychedelic rock could be in the hands of a real songwriter.

What We Said Then: "Steve Miller Band has, for a number of different reasons, done a superb job on their first album. It ranks with Moby Grape's first album in terms of economy and with Sgt. Pepper in terms of taste... One would not characterize the record as being "far out" or revolutionary, but rather as being excellent." By Jann Wenner, June 22nd, 1968

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