Rock Love
Studio album / live album by
ReleasedSeptember 1971
GenreRock
Length38:11
LabelCapitol
ProducerSteve Miller
Steve Miller Band chronology
Number 5
(1970)
Rock Love
(1971)
Recall the Beginning...A Journey from Eden
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic1/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC–[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music2/5 stars[3]

Rock Love is a half live / half (sixth) studio album by American rock band Steve Miller Band. The album was released in September 1971, and compiled by Capitol Records. 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". Unlike Miller's previous five albums, this album was a commercial failure.[1]

Track listing

All tracks written by Steve Miller.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."The Gangster Is Back (Live)"2:28
2."Blues Without Blame (Live)"5:41
3."Love Shock (Live)"11:43
Side two
No.TitleLength
4."Let Me Serve You"2:26
5."Rock Love"2:28
6."Harbor Lights"4:06
7."Deliverance"9:19

Personnel

Charts

Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1971 The Billboard 200 82

References

  1. ^ a b James Chrispell. "Rock Love - Steve Miller Band". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-07-28.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.