- Released: July 23, 1996
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Capitol
- 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
- 9.Something To Believe In
Steve Miller Band: Steve Miller (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Dickie Thompson (Clavinet, organ); Gerald Johnson (bass); John King (drums).
Additional personnel: Sneaky Pete Kleinow (pedal steel guitar); Lonnie Turner (bass).
Producer: Steve Miller.
Reissue producer: Akira Taguchi.
Engineers: Greg McCarthy, Jay Ranellucci.
Recorded at Capitol Records, Hollywood, California; Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and The Aquarius Theatre, Boston, Massachussetts.
Digitally remastered by JVC using XRCD (extended resolution compact disc).
Steve Miller Band (Guitar): Steve Miller ; Lonnie Turner (bass instrument); Jack King (drums); Dickie Thompson.
Personnel: Steve Miller (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Lonnie Turner (guitar); Dicky Thompson (Clavinet, organ, keyboards); Dickie Thompson (Clavinet, organ); John King (drums).
Additional personnel: Sneaky Pete Kleinow (pedal steel guitar); Gerald Johnson (bass instrument).
Audio Mixers: Jay Ranellucci; Gene Hicks.
Recording information: Aquarius Theatre, Boston, MA; Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Capitol Records; Tower Theatre Philly.
Photographer: Norman Seeff.
Unknown Contributor Role: Steve Miller .
Although Steve Miller had been slugging it out since the late 60's as a blues-rock guitarist, it wasn't until his 1973 release, THE JOKER, that he finally found his most marketable niche in radio friendly rock. Here Miller abandoned his edge and his rootsy sensibilities, and leaned toward a lighter, more melodic approach. This is typified in the title track, a shuffling groover with an infectiously hooky chorus that went on to become a monstrous smash, and something of a signature song for Miller.
While "The Joker" is the centerpiece of the album the be-bop ditty "Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma," the humorous "Your Cash Ain't Nothin' But Trash," and the underrated Miller composition "Sugar Babe" are also noteworthy. THE JOKER is most interesting as a look at Miller in transition: it contains many of the elements that would go on to make him a superstar over the course of his next two releases, 1976's FLY LIKE AN EAGLE and 77's BOOK OF DREAMS.