Steve Miller - Born 2B Blue [Capitol Records R 100591] (1988)

Released: 1988
Country: US
Label: Capitol Records
Catalog: R 100591
Genre: Jazz, Blues, Pop

Item# SR-CAR100591
Ratings: C=NM-; LP=NM-

Note: club issue of Capitol C1-48303

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
02 Ya Ya
03 God Bless The Child
04 Filthy McNasty
05 Born To Be Blue
06 Mary Ann
07 Just A Little Bit
08 When Sunny Gets Blue
09 Willow Weep For Me
10 Red Top

Born 2B Blue
Steve Miller

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Album Review

Stephen Thomas Erlewine []

Disregard the fact that the ''space'' in Steve Miller's ''space blues'' was a large part of why he had his own distinctive musical identity, because if you're going into 1988's Born 2B Blue looking for a return to his trademark space blues, or even a revitalization of his roots, you'll be sorely disappointed. In fact, this isn't even a blues album -- it's a jazz album, pitched halfway between soul-jazz and smooth jazz. He's able to draft such heavy-hitters as Phil Woods and Milt Jackson for guest spots, and his taste in material is quite nice, balancing the overly familiar (''Willow Weep for Me,'' ''God Bless the Child'') with relatively obscure R&B cuts (''Ya Ya,'' ''Mary Ann'') and selections that demonstrate that he's a genuine fan, such as Horace Silver's ''Filthy McNasty.'' Now, does all this make Born 2B Blue a worthwhile genre exercise? Well, in a sense, it does, since Miller is passionate as he can be, turning in charmingly laid-back performances that may not be noteworthy, but are pleasant as can be. So, it winds up being something that's modestly impressive and enjoyable as it's playing, but no matter what its virtues are, it's more noteworthy for what it is than what it gives.