On this day in music history: May 13, 1977 – “Book Of Dreams”, the tenth album by The Steve Miller Band is released. Produced by Steve Miller, it is recorded at CBS Studios in San Francisco, CA from Late 1975 – Early 1976. Written and recorded at the same time as its predecessor “Fly Like An Eagle”, “Book Of Dreams” is assembled from the remaining tracks of those prolific sessions. Conceptually, it is a continuation of the previous album, even beginning with an instrumental interlude (“Threshold”) before seguing into “Jet Airliner” (#8 Pop), which is also the first single released. “Jet” is written by fellow San Francisco based musician Paul Pena in 1973 for his own album “New Train”. Pena’s album goes unreleased (not issued until 2000) after a conflict with Capitol Records (also Miller’s label), which leads to the album being shelved. Steve hears the song when his friend Ben Sidran who had produced Pena’s album, gives him a copy of the unreleased project. Miller slightly alters the main riff when he records it. The album features the uncensored version of the song that includes the lyric “that I don’t want to get caught up in any of that funky shit goin’ down in the city”. The single release features the lyric being altered to “funky kicks”, and the edited version is later featured on his “Greatest Hits 1974-78” album. It spins off two other singles including “Swingtown (#17 Pop) and "Jungle Love” (#23 Pop). Released one day short of a year after “Fly Like An Eagle”, “Dreams” is also enthusiastically received by critics and fans, and is another immediate smash. The album cover artwork and custom LP labels feature the now famed winged pegasus horse painted designed by San Francisco artists Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse. The winged horse becomes The Steve Miller Band’s official band logo, and one of the most recognized rock band trademarks. A year after the LP’s original release, it is also issued by Capitol Records as a limited edition picture disc. First released on CD in 1986, it is remastered and reissued in 1998. It is remastered and reissued again in Japan in 2017 as a limited edition SHM-CD, in a mini-LP replica sleeve. Out of print on vinyl for decades, it is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram LP in 2019, It’s released as part of the box set, “Steve Miller Band – Complete Albums Volume 2 (1977-2011)”. “Book Of Dreams” peaks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 3x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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