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|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 recorded at Capitol Studios and released by Capitol Records in October 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. It was also their first solid commercial success due to the strong radio-play of the title track. The album reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart 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."
Record World said of the single "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash" "A dynamic rocker, it ain't nothin' but the best!"
|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"||Steve Miller||5:41|
|4.||"Your Cash Ain't Nothin' but Trash"||Chuck Calhoun||3:21|
|1.||"The Joker"||Steve Miller, Eddie Curtis, Ahmet Ertegun||4:26|
|2.||"The Lovin' Cup"||Steve 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)||Steve Miller||4:35|
|5.||"Something to Believe In"||Steve Miller||4:41|
|Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)||38|
|Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)||1|
|US Billboard 200||2|
|United States (RIAA)||5× Platinum||5,000,000‡|
‡ Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.