The Joker (album)

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The Joker
TheJoker.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 19, 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)
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 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 #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]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[3]

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."[2]

Singles[edit]

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).

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sugar Babe"Steve Miller4:35
2."Mary Lou"Obie Jessie, Sam Ling2:24
3."Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma"Miller5:41
4."Your Cash Ain't Nothin' but Trash"Chuck Calhoun3:21
5."The Joker"Miller, Eddie Curtis, Ahmet Ertegun4:26
6."The Lovin' Cup"Miller2:10
7."Come On in My Kitchen" (Live at the Tower Theater, Philadelphia)Robert Johnson4:06
8."Evil"Miller4:35
9."Something to Believe In"Miller4:41

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. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Joker - Steve Miller Band". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  3. ^ 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.