The Popdose Guide to the Steve Miller Band, Part 2


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As stated at the end of last weeks part one of our Steve Miller Band Guide, 1972 and 1973 represented a transitional period for Steve Miller. His upcoming eighth album would be the last under his groundbreaking contract with Capitol Records, and disappointing sales for his last two releases made it fairly clear that he was in danger of being dropped. In addition, Miller was in a bad car accident that kept him off his feet for several months and left him lots of time to think about his future.

Determined to make his next album the one that would finally put his music before the masses, Miller made a critical decision: He would make all of his future songs positive and fun, abandoning the social criticism sprinkled throughout his first seven albums. I had one at bat, he said. I wanted to make sure it was good one. Positive songs, he also realized, were more enjoyable for him to compose and play.

When The Joker was released in 1973, the public got to hear a somewhat new, if not improved, Steve Miller. The bluesy numbers were still there, such as “The Lovin' Cup" and “Come on in My Kitchen."

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