Steve Miller has announced the October 11th release of his long-awaited box set, titled Welcome To The Vault. The three-CD, one-DVD collection, which spans the 1960's and '70s, is spread across 52 audio tracks featuring well known classics — with 38 previously unissued recordings — including five unreleased Miller compositions. Miller has combed his personal archive for rare photos and memorabilia, with the set also including a DVD with 21 performances spanning the past six decades.

According to the press release:

The Welcome To The Vault DVD features 21 incredible live performances, including rare footage from 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival, a Dutch TV filmed performance of the Fillmore West from 1970, a 43-minute September 1973 concert at New York’s Palace Theater broadcast on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert (unseen since the ’70s), an ABC In Concert performance with James Cotton (1974), a performance of “Abracadabra” from Michigan’s Pine Knob from that album tour in 1982, and selections from Austin City Limits (2011), as well as Miller’s intimate 1990 performance with Les Paul at New York City’s Fat Tuesday’s.

We caught up with Steve Miller while he was compiling the new box set, and he revealed that from what they had collected so far, the box set will make for a fascinating listen: “Some of the outtakes are different versions of songs. There was a period of time when I was working on a lot of songs at the same time for Fly Like An Eagle and Book Of Dreams and I had verses and lyrics and music and I was just interchanging a lot of it until I got everything right. And a lot of stuff from that period was interesting. I found outtakes that were really good. I found some really great live performances.”

The Steve Miller Band kicks off their summer dates tonight (June 13th) in Des Moines, Iowa at Wells Fargo Arena.