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  • Audio CD (April 9, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1973
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000DRBI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sugar Babe
2. Mary Lou
3. Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma
4. Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash
5. The Joker
6. The Lovin' Cup
7. Come On In My Kitchen
8. Evil
9. Something To Believe In

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What can I say, Joker is a true collector's choice CD.
Sam-Wise
I bought this together with "Fly Like an Eagle" and "Book of Dreams" in order to fill in a huge gap in my music collection.
Paul M. Provencher
Overall this release is not very well unified as most of the songs have little relationship to each other.
C William

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
My love affair with the Steve Miller Band began in 1973 when this album was first released. I was a junior at UNL and as usual was spending way too much time hanging out at my favorite record store when "The Joker" came over the in-store stereo system. Needless to say, I left the store with a copy of the album and just recently upgraded to CD. While this is not as strong of a collection of songs as his follow-ups (Fly Like an Eagle, Book of Dreams), there is much to enjoy here besides the catchy single, "The Joker," which was his first Top 40 hit. Originals like "Sugar Babe" and the bluesy "The Lovin' Cup" are first-rate. Also, live versions of "Come On In My Kitchen" and "Evil" show the band in fine form. Casual fans might better be served by a greatest hits collection, but this is required listening for fans who want to dig into the artist's catalog a little deeper. RECOMMENDED
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I'll admit up front, "The Joker" was the first song by the SMB I ever heard on the radio. Little did I know (it took a while to grow on me) that Steve Miller would become one of my favorites in the music biz. Stripping his repertoire down to R&B, this was Miller's most "pop"-style album at the time-- but it was only a foreshadowing of things to come. My faves include "Sugar Babe" (why wasn't THIS a big hit?), "Mary Lou" (some girls are just BAD news!), "Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma" (Be-Bop reinvented for the 70's?), "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash" (a novelty tune that refers back to the previous "Gangster Of Love" and "Space Cowboy"--shades of Cab Calloway) and "The Joker" (which in a more musical way does the same while adding "Enter Maurice" and its twisted lyrics to the mix). FUN stuff! A great example of how persistence pays off-- it "only" took 8 albums before SMB really hit it BIG!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Whiteley on September 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I recorded The Joker off the radio back in the late '80s or early '90s. Anyway, I have loved the album ever since I made that copy off the radio. But, the cd version of the album I just got today has too much crackling in it for 1973. I have cds of music recorded in the '50s that sounds better than this cd version of The Joker. The album sleeve claims it was remastered, but that is difficult to believe! Yes, Capitol Records, give me Something To Believe In. I imagine over the next few years, there will be a proper remastering of the album. I mean, I am also finding I need to turn the volume up to a level that I normally don't reach when I listen to a new or properly remastered classic! If you have a cassette or vinyl version of The Joker, I'd wait until a new remaster is released. I love this album, so I am going to enjoy it as best I can, despite its shortcomings. I've heard Steve Miller Band music before The Joker, and I can definitely say The Joker is a great jump forward for Steve Miller and Co. Then, by the mid 1970s, Fly Like An Eagle and Book Of Dreams would make Steve Miller a superstar. But, The Joker is the album that really launched his recording career by leaps and bounds!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
From my understanding the word 'pompodous' is not a word whatsoever.But it sure sounds great in the classic 70's pop/rock hit the this album's title track has become.The album opens with another terrific,like-minded Steve Miller tune called "Sugar Babe" but that's as commercial as the album gets.Steve Miller may have entered his most commcercialy furtile phase by this time but his band are still pretty devoted to gravel raw blues,R&B and even a few tablespoons of funk "Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma",a pretty silly jam with a fabulous rhythm-it's one of Miller's few forways into out and out funk."Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash" tries at a similar approch with far more of a blues bent-same goes for "Mary Lou" with it's keyboard textures."The Lovin' Cup" tries at all out 12 bar blues most successfully while the album closes on the warm ballad "Something To Believe In".The two live fillers between the latter two songs are poorly recorded and I'm sure will drag this album's reviews down a bit.But still in his pre

'Fly Like An Eagle' days Steve Miller had a tight blues machine that,as showcased here could be played in a very soulful and funky way at the same time.Different but not to be ignored.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AP on June 19, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Steve Millers 1973 release, his 8th album.The Joker went platinum based on the one song, The Joker.
I have the CD, and I am glad I do, but being a long time Steve Miller fan this album takes a little lull. The album before this, Recall the beginning, A Journey from Eden, is far superior. And then the next album Fly Like an Eagle takes off with commercial success. I feel this is Steve's transition album between what was and what will become..
The stereo sound quality is normal for this era of recording and it is good. The package is standard plastic jewel case with good liner notes. The tracks 6 and 7 are live, 6 from Philly and 7 from Boston, the producers did not put a pause between the two tracks so sounds like same concert, nice.
$10.98 is good enough for this recording.
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