Listen to Steve Miller Band’s Live Reggae Version of ‘The Joker’ From 1977

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Steve Miller has again dug deep into his archives and found a never-before-heard-or-seen, full-length concert recording from 1977. Steve Miller Band Live! Breaking Ground: August 3, 1977, featuring such classic rock staples as “The Joker” and “Rock’n Me,” arrived via Sailor/Capitol/UMe on May 14, 2021. Listen to these performances and several other tracks including “Jet Airliner” below.

Of the performance, the guitarist, multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter, bandleader, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and Songwriters Hall of Fame member says, “This show at the Cap Center in Landover, Maryland, captures the band right at the peak after The Joker, and in the middle of Fly Like an Eagle and Book of Dreams, a stream of hit [album]s… We decided to call it Breaking Ground because that’s exactly what we were doing.”

Watch the official trailer including live footage from the performance

Steve Miller Band Live! Breaking Ground: August 3, 1977 includes original liner notes by music journalist David Fricke who says – “Breaking Ground captures the Steve Miller Band on stage in one of their biggest years, 1977. They were at a perfect crossroads of psychedelic zeal and progressive, popcraft while staying true to Miller’s first love, the blues.”

Listen to the reggae-styled performance of “The Joker”

The recording captures Miller’s legendary 1977 lineup at the beginning of the band’s turn from playing ballrooms and theaters to arenas and football stadiums. The band members:
Steve Miller – Guitar, Harmonica and Lead Vocals
Norton Buffalo – Harmonica and Background Vocals
Lonnie Turner – Bass
Gary Mallaber – Drums
David Denny – Guitar and Background Vocals
Greg Douglass – Guitar
Byron Allred – Keyboards

Listen to “Jet Airliner” and “Rock’n Me” from the recording

The album was recorded on multi-track tape and newly mixed and mastered by Miller and his veteran audio engineer Kent Hertz.

See the complete track listing below the links.

Related: Our concert review of the Steve Miller Band in 2019

The accompanying live concert video featuring the full performance will be available to stream on the Coda Collection on Amazon Prime Video.

When Miller tours, tickets are available here and here.

Listen to “Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma” from the album

Steve Miller Band Live! Breaking Ground: August 3, 1977 Track Listing
Living In the U.S.A.
Space Cowboy
Shu Ba Da Du Ma Ma Ma Ma
Come On in My Kitchen
Wild Mountain Honey
The Window/Winter Time
The Stake
Mercury Blues
Take the Money and Run
Jet Airliner
Space Intro
Fly Like an Eagle
Rock’n Me
The Joker
So Long Blues

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