Monday, April 6, 2015

"Cool Magic" by Steve Miller Band

Song#:  1219
Date:  10/16/1982
Debut:  78
Peak:  57
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Miller's comeback single, the #1 title track to his album "Abracadabra," was still in the Top 10 when this second single debuted. Unfortunately, the song didn't have the same magic and it petered out before even reaching the Top 50. The song couldn't even muster a showing on the Mainstream Rock chart where "Abracadabra" reached #4.

ReduxReview:  When you have a major hit like "Abracadabra," the follow-up had better be terrific. This one is not. It's not a bad song at all with its retro-rock chorus (channeling ELO), but it really is not single-worthy. Miller was more of an AOR artist, so it is not surprising that there wasn't another slam dunk single on the album. But you'd think there would be something a bit better in the queue, especially since Miller was focusing on more pop-oriented tunes for the album.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  Blues harmonica player Norton Buffalo (real name Philip Jackson) performed with the Steve Miller Band for 32 years. Along the way he did work for other artists, including The Doobie Brothers and Bonnie Raitt, and recorded his own albums. His 1991 duet album with guitarist Roy Rogers titled "R&B" contained the tune "Song for Jessica," which grabbed a Grammy nod for Best Country Instrumental Performance.


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