Ultimate Hits features 40 songs from Miller’s long career, starting with a recording of 5-year-old Miller talking to his godfather, electric guitar pioneer Les Paul. The two discs then wind through some of Miller’s best and most popular tracks — including his first No. 1, “The Joker”; “Fly Like an Eagle”; and “Abracadabra,” another No. 1 single — while making room for some never-heard cuts.
Among those new recordings are live versions of favorites like “Living in the USA,” demos (including an early version of “Take the Money and Run”) and a previously unreleased take on the R&B classic “In the Midnight Hour.”
You can see a track listing for the set below, and listen to a previously unheard live version of “Space Cowboy” above.
Miller curated Ultimate Hits, selecting the songs and overseeing the career-spanning project. “Selecting material to include in these two collections and revisiting the creation of these recordings, I’m reminded of how I learned to make multi-track recordings from Les Paul and play lead guitar from T Bone Walker,” he says in a press release announcing the collection. “I’ve been blessed to work with so many wonderful musicians and engineers and friends over the years. Mostly I want to thank you our fans who come out to our shows and listen to our records. I hope you enjoy this as much I did putting this together for you.”