The Joker
TheJoker.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 19, 1973
StudioCapitol (Hollywood)
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: 11 February 1974 (US) [1]

The Joker is the eighth studio album by Steve Miller Band. The album was recorded at Capitol Studios[2] 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. 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.[3]

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".[4]

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[5]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[6]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[7]

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."[5]

Track listing

Side 1
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"Steve Miller5:41
4."Your Cash Ain't Nothin' but Trash"Chuck Calhoun3:21
Side 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Joker"Steve Miller, Eddie Curtis, Ahmet Ertegun4:26
2."The Lovin' Cup"Steve Miller2:10
3."Come On in My Kitchen" (Live at the Tower Theater, Philadelphia)Robert Johnson4:06
4."Evil (Live at the Aquarius Theatre, Boston, Massachusetts)"Steve Miller4:35
5."Something to Believe In"Steve Miller4:41

Personnel

Additional personnel

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[8] 5× Platinum 5,000,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References

  1. ^ "Steve Miller singles".
  2. ^ Nichols, Paul (26 December 2014). "The Joker". prsformusic.com. PRS for Music. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Top albums from Tuesday January 8, 1974". ultimate70s.com. Retrieved 2020-02-01.
  4. ^ "Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Album Covers". Rolling Stone. Rateyourmusic.com. November 14, 1991. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "The Joker - Steve Miller Band". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  8. ^ "American single certifications – Steve Miller Band – The Joker". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 17, 2022.