The Joker (album)

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The Joker
Studio album by Steve Miller Band
Released October 1973
Genre Rock, blues
Length 35:57
Label Capitol
Producer Steve Miller
Steve Miller Band chronology
Recall the Beginning...A Journey from Eden
The Joker
Fly Like an Eagle
Singles from The Joker
  1. "The Joker"
    Released: October 1973
  2. "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash"
    Released: 1974
  3. "Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma Ma"
    Released: 1974
  4. "Evil"
    Released: 1975

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]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]

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."

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


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]

  • Released on Capitol Quadraphonic 8-track tape.
  • The Quadraphonic 8-track tape of this album features an extended (4:11) unedited version of "The Joker" and also features studio talk before "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash". The studio talk information is also present on the standard vinyl release.[citation needed]
  • Near the end of the song "Lovin' Cup", someone can be heard saying "Last....Last verse". This is very noticeable on the Quadraphonic 8-track tape. According to an email from, it was Lonnie Turner the bassist.[citation needed]


Additional personnel


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