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!