The Joker (album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||October 19, 1973|
|Steve Miller Band chronology|
|Singles from The Joker|
The Joker is the eighth studio album by Steve Miller Band. The album was released in October 1973, by Capitol Records. 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 No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified Platinum in the United States. It reached No. 1 on the Cash Box Albums Charts on January 8, 1974.
|Christgau's Record Guide||B–|
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic rated The Joker three out of five stars, 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."
Four tracks from the album were released as singles: "The Joker" (1973), "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' but Trash", (1974), "Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma" (1974), and "Evil" (1975).
|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|
|1.||"The Joker"||Miller, Eddie Curtis, Ahmet Ertegun||4:26|
|2.||"The Lovin' Cup"||Miller||2:10|
|3.||"Come On in My Kitchen" (Live at the Tower Theater, Philadelphia)||Robert Johnson||4:06|
|4.||"Evil (Live at the Aquarius Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts)"||Miller||4:35|
|5.||"Something to Believe In"||Miller||4:41|
- Steve Miller – guitar, vocals, harmonica
- Gerald Johnson – bass guitar (all but 8), vocals
- Dick Thompson – organ, clavinet
- John King – drums
- Lonnie Turner – bass guitar (8)
- "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow – pedal steel guitar (9)
- John Van Hamersveld and Norman Seeff – album cover design
- Norman Seeff – photography
- "Top albums from Tuesday January 8, 1974". ultimate70s.com. Retrieved 2020-02-01.
- "Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Album Covers". Rolling Stone. Rateyourmusic.com. November 14, 1991. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
- Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Joker - Steve Miller Band". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
- Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 8, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
- Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.