|Studio album by Steve Miller Band|
|Steve Miller Band chronology|
Rock Love is the sixth album by American rock band The Steve Miller Band, released in 1971. All of Miller's previous backing band had left following the recording of the previous album, save bassist Bobby Winkelman. They were replaced by members of Winkelman's previous group, the psychedelic rock band Frumious Bandersnatch for this record, including Ross Valory (a future member of Journey) on bass, and Jack King on drums. Bobby Winkelman was in the band (having moved back to rhythm guitar) during the live recordings on the album's first side, but is not credited on the album cover. David Denny, who later joined the band in 1976, is a guest guitarist (again, not credited) on "Blues Without Blame".
The album consists of three blues-rock tracks recorded live, including lengthy jam-style "Love Shock" which lasts nearly 12 minutes and includes an extensive drum solo, and four studio tracks. The first song starts with the words "I'm going to play you some blues 'cos I know you like that", but some critics disagreed, criticising the album's songs as "generic white-boy blueisms". Added to the recording's lack of production and poor overall sound quality, it is not surprising that, unlike Miller's previous five albums and the ones to follow, this album was a commercial failure.
Along with Recall the Beginning...A Journey from Eden it was one of the last two Steve Miller Band albums not to have been re-released on CD until 2008.
All tracks written by Steve Miller.
- Side 1 – Live
- "The Gangster Is Back" – 2:28 (Concert Intro 0:17)
- "Blues Without Blame" – 5:41
- "Love Shock" – 11:43
- Side 2 – Studio
- "Let Me Serve You" – 2:26
- "Rock Love" – 2:28
- "Harbor Lights" – 4:06
- "Deliverance" – 9:19
- Steve Miller – lead guitar, vocals
- Ross Valory – bass guitar
- Jack King – drums
- Bobby Winkelman – rhythm guitar (1–3) (not credited)
- Tracks 1–2 were recorded live in Hollywood, Florida.
- Track 3 was recorded live in Pasadena, California.
Album - Billboard (North America)
|1971||The Billboard 200||82|