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Charted: May 29, 1976

Rating: 4.125 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: classic rock

Quotable: “an album rock landmark of the mid-‘70s” – Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Space Intro
  2. Fly Like an Eagle
  3. Wild Mountain Honey
  4. Serenade
  5. Dance, Dance, Dance
  6. Mercury Blues
  7. Take the Money and Run
  8. Rock ‘N’ Me
  9. You Send Me
  10. Blue Odyssey
  11. Sweet Maree
  12. The Window

Total Running Time: 38:09


sales in U.S. only 4 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 4 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 3
peak on U.K. album chart 11

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • 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

Notes: A 30th anniversary edition of the album added original demos of “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Take the Money and Run,” and “Rock ‘N’ Me” as well as “a bonus DVD containing the album in 5.1 sound, a documentary of the making of the album, and a live performance from the Shoreline Ampitheatre on September 17, 2005” (Erlewine).


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Fly Like an Eagle
Steve Miller Band
“Steve Miller had started to essay his classic sound with The Joker, but 1976’s Fly Like an Eagle is where he took flight, creating his definitive slice of space blues. The key is focus, even on an album as stylishly, self-consciously trippy as this, since the focus brings about his strongest set of songs (both originals and covers), plus a detailed atmospheric production where everything fits” (Erlewine).

“It still can sound fairly dated – those whooshing keyboards and cavernous echoes are certainly of their time – but its essence hasn’t aged, as Fly Like an Eagle drifts like a cool breeze, while Take the Money and Run and Rock ‘N’ Me are fiendishly hooky, friendly rockers” (Erlewine).

“The rest of the album may not be quite up to those standards, but there aren’t any duds, either, as Wild Mountain Honey and Mercury Blues give this a comfortable backdrop, thanks to Miller’s offhand, lazy charm. Though it may not quite transcend its time, it certainly is an album rock landmark of the mid-‘70s and its best moments (namely, the aforementioned singles) are classics of the idiom” (Erlewine).

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Last updated November 17, 2008.