The Joker (album)

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The Joker
Studio album by Steve Miller Band
ReleasedOctober 1973
GenreRock, blues
Length35:57
LabelCapitol
ProducerSteve Miller
Steve Miller Band chronology
Recall the Beginning... A Journey from Eden
(1972)
The Joker
(1973)
Fly Like An Eagle
(1976)
 
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The Joker
Studio album by Steve Miller Band
ReleasedOctober 1973
GenreRock, blues
Length35:57
LabelCapitol
ProducerSteve Miller
Steve Miller Band chronology
Recall the Beginning... A Journey from Eden
(1972)
The Joker
(1973)
Fly Like An Eagle
(1976)

The Joker is the eighth album by Steve Miller Band, released in 1973. The album marked a period of significant change for the group as the band abandoned their psychedelic oriented music for a more melodic, smooth rock/blues sound. Perhaps not coincidentally, it was also their first solid commercial success due to the strong radio-play of the title track. The title track took 19 days to record. The album reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified Platinum in the United States.

The artwork of the album is also considered amongst the greatest; for example Rolling Stone would later rank it as one of the "Top 100 Album Covers Of All Time".[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars [2]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic rated The Joker three out of five stars, stating that "those spacy jams [are] driven by chops and [reveal] new worlds" and calling it "all bright and fun, occasionally truly silly". He also stated that it "isn't mind-expanding", but concluded by saying that it "nevertheless maintains its good-time vibe so well that it's hard not to smile along...provided you're on the same wavelength as Miller, of course."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sugar Babe" (Steve Miller) – 4:35
  2. "Mary Lou" (Obie Jessie, Sam Ling) – 2:24
  3. "Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma" (Miller) – 5:41
  4. "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' but Trash" (Chuck Calhoun) – 3:21
  5. "The Joker" (Miller, Eddie Curtis, Ahmet Ertegün) – 4:26
  6. "Lovin' Cup" (Miller) – 2:10
  7. "Come On in My Kitchen" (live at the Tower Theater, Philadelphia) (Robert Johnson) – 4:06
  8. "Evil" (live) (Miller) – 4:35
  9. "Something to Believe In" (Miller) – 4:41

Singles[edit]

Four tracks from the album were released as singles: "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' but Trash" (1974), "The Joker" (1974), "Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma" (1974) and "Evil" (1975).

8-track tape[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Album Covers". Rolling Stone. Rateyourmusic.com. November 14, 1991. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The Joker - Steve Miller Band at AllMusic