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Barnstorm Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (November 13, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • ASIN: B000ER8TFC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Here We Go
2. Midnight Visitor
3. One and One
4. Giant Bohemoth
5. Mother Says
6. Birdcall Morning
7. Home
8. I'll Tell the World
9. Turn to Stone
10. Comin' Down

Editorial Reviews

This 1972 record is often thought of as Joe Walsh's solo debut, though the band-bassist Kenny Passarrelli and drummer Joe Vitale-was first-rate. Includes such FM radio classics as Turn to Stone; Mother Says; Birdcall Morning; Here We Go; Midnight Visitor , and more.

Customer Reviews

There is just something about the older recording styles that I really enjoy.
M. S. Arledge
I've the Mobile CD, the Japanese one and this - and to my ears, the HIP-O SELECT version is even better than the Mobile and Japanese issues!
Mark Barry
BARNSTORM, Joe Walsh's first album following his departure from the James Gang, is a wonderful album.
The Footpath Cowboy

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Diringer on December 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I try not to be the kind of fan who automatically gives an artist 5 stars, but 'Barnstorm' earns every star it gets. For those into classic rock, this is a must-own that you can't easily get. The stars aren't for breaking new ground, but they're for the best use of classic/folk-based rock I have ever heard. If you're sick of your "local classic rock station" playing the same damn things over and over, "Barnstorm" is a breath of fresh air.

This album does everything many later classic rock albums overdid or underdid. It has its share of hooks but doesn't rely on them and let the rest of the musicianship suffer. There are some truly beautiful mixtures of electric and acoustic textures I haven't heard anywhere else; "Here We Go" starts slow and soft with acoustic guitars, but picks up power and rocks to the end, and the incendiary "Turn to Stone" is punctuated with acoustic transitions between verses. There's not a weak track out of the bunch--from the 'Lord of the Rings'-inspired "Midnight Visitor" (which manages not to become wrapped up in itself like Led Zeppelin's Tolkien-influenced works did), to the well-textured instrumental "Giant Behemoth" featuring drummer Joe Vitale on flute, a morse-code message and a passage Walsh would quote later on "Songs for a Dying Planet" (the album, not the song), and a cover done so well as to be his own--though, to be fair, I've never heard the original--of the Magicians' "I'll Tell the World." Walsh even pays homage to Neil Young with "Coming Down." Lyrics are strong, and although he never had the sweetest voice (kinda like the aforementioned Neil Young), he still makes the songs shine, in addition to some of his best guitar work, both catchy and sublimely beautiful.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Revised: Originally Hip-O used the wrong mastertapes for this album and that CD version had A LOT of distracting tape hiss and had an edit between "One and One" and "Giant Bohemoth"--this edition has been corrected with a new remaster so those in stock SHOULD be the right one but there are a earlier editions out there.

Atmospheric and fascinating Joe Walsh's Barnstorm (aptly named)brought forth this terrific album after Walsh left the James Gang. Everything from the inspired opener "Here We Go" to the unusual "Birdcall Morning"works. From the instrumental "Giant Bohemoth" which slides right into the stunning "Mother Says" the album doesn't miss a beat. Although a tad loud and compressed when compared to the nearly flawless Mo-Fi transfer, "Barnstorm" sounds good in the remaster from Gavin Lurssen.

The biggest song here "Turn to Stone" would show up again in a slightly inferior version on "So What?" but the original primordial monster is here. Featuring crunchy a guitar lick and a stunning guitar solo Walsh never got this experimental again. The album closes out with the acoustic guitar/haronica driven "Comin' Down" which provides a tranquil close to a magical album.

Like the Mo-Fi release the magical sound qualty of the original recording has been retained (but honestly the Mo-Fi is still the best sounding version of this on CD). This is, in fact, the best the album has ever sounded outside of the Mofi. Walsh never got better as a songwriter than here (although he came close with another couple of strong albums such as "The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get"). This classic album only lacks bonus tracks and outtakes which would have made this classy package complete and liner notes on the making of the album (we get a replica of the original artwork gatefold sleeve in the CD booklet with the credits but nothing more).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on December 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The period 1972-1975 generated five classic albums from the multi-instrumentalist pair, Joe Walsh and Joe Vitale: BARNSTORM, THE SMOKER YOU DRINK, SO WHAT, YOU CAN'T ARGUE, and the glorious Vitale solo album, ROLLER COASTER WEEKEND. It's beyond me why the first and last albums in that list are unavailable in the US. (In fact, it's one of life's tragedies that ROLLER COASTER WEEKEND has never been released on CD anywhere in the world.) But I digress ...
It's as though Joe Walsh was visited by the muse once or twice around 1972/73, given a lego-set of melodies, riffs and solos, and told to get on with assembling them into some songs. Many themes keep returning on the four Walsh solo albums: 'Turn to Stone' for instance shows up on three of them. A guitar solo from 'Here We Go' on BARNSTORM gets woven into a totally different song on YOU CAN'T ARGUE. 'Giant Behemoth' gets recast and becomes 'County Fair' on SO WHAT. With each album, it's as if he pulls his lego-set apart and starts rebuilding again.
What I love about this album is the breadth of it all. Like Steve Miller, Joe could play both guitars, piano and synthesizer, but he was better than Steve at each of them. Joe Vitale was no slouch either on piano, flute and synth, and, though now much overlooked, he was certainly one of the top 10 rock drummers of the time. Bassist Kenny Passarelli went on to a financially more lucrative career with the Elton John band (e.g. ROCK OF THE WESTIES).
This album was recorded in an era when the band and their session guests wrote and played everything -- the producer didn't, as he might today, overlay his selection of drum machine rhythms, library samples and synths. Producer Bill Szymczyk creates a warm ambience, but the mix is cloudy. I've heard much clearer albums, even from 1972.
I still believe that THE SMOKER YOU GET is Walsh's masterpiece, but it's extraordinary that this, its precursor, is so hard to buy.
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