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listen  2. Tend My Garden (Album Version)The James Gang 5:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  6. Mother Says (Single Version)Barnstorm 5:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. Meadows (Album Version)Joe Walsh 4:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen10. Help Me Thru The Night (Album Version)Joe Walsh 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Life's Been Good (Album Version)Joe Walsh 8:04Album Only
listen12. All Night Long (Urban Cowboy/Soundtrack Version)Joe Walsh 3:32Album Only
listen13. The Confessor (Album Version)Joe Walsh 7:02Album Only
listen14. A Life Of Illusion (Album Version)Joe Walsh 3:30Album Only
listen15. Ordinary Average Guy (Album Version)Joe Walsh 5:11Album Only

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: November 18, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002P7L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Joe Walsh's blues-edged guitar riffs helped define the 'take no prisoners' approach to the rowdy rock & roll party of the seventies. His vocals and guitar work were a call to arms to cut loose and get down. Prior to his well-received service with the Eagles, ,Walsh headed the James Gang, writing and singing their hits, "Walk Away," "The Bomber" and the Beatles-influenced "Midnight Man." All of these and more are contained in this best-of compilation. Along with a healthy portion of his work with the James Gang, this disc also features selections from his solo releases of the '80s, including the sardonic "Life's Been Good" and the rocking "All Night Long."

Good-natured rock & roll wise guy Joe Walsh not only made a name for himself as guitarist for The Eagles and The James Gang, but he also had a successful solo career. Known for his self-deprecating sense of humor ("Life's Been Good") and his dirty guitar boogie (the pulsating "Rocky Mountain Way"), Walsh drew a fan base from those who were fond of the harder edge he gave to The Eagles. He was easily one of the better guitarists of his generation, not so much for flashy licks but for his rhythmic sensibilities and awareness of restraint and economy. Yet Walsh continued to view himself as an "Ordinary Average Guy." His keen self-awareness and his understanding of the importance of rock in the overall scheme of things was further evidenced in "A Life of Illusion." Even the title of this collection, Greatest Hits: Little Did He Know shows Walsh, for all of his talent, never lost sight of the fact that it's only rock & roll. The album also contains the memorable "Funk#49," "Bolero," and "Midnight Man." --Steve Gdula

Customer Reviews

I enjoy listening to it when I'm on the road.
I'm an Eagles fan as well as Joe Walsh and this greatest hits CD is an excellent addition to my collection.
Jose M. De Torre III
Yes Joe, "life has been good" and we hope you keep making great music.
Floyd B.

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Docendo Discimus on May 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is the definitive Joe Walsh-collection. The double-disc "Look At What I Did" is simply too much for anyone but the very serious fan (and the very serious fan probably has Joe's studio albums and doesn't need a compilation album).
But this one gets it right. Fifteen songs culled from Walsh's solo career, as well as his James Gang-days (although a real James Gang-lover should probably go get their Greatest Hits in addition to this album).
And all the best and best-known songs are here: "Walk Away", "Turn To Stone", "Help Me Trough The Night", "All Night Long", "Life's Been Good" and ten more. No filler at all, and even though some fans could probably point to one or two tracks that definitely should have been here, this will satisfy almost everyone who doesn't want to invest in the original albums.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John J. Wood ( on April 30, 1999
Format: Audio CD
As a longtime fan of Joe Walsh's work, this is clearly the best sampler for those looking to explore the guitarist's catalogue. Yet, completists will want to pick this up because of the inclusion of the complete version of "The Bomber" -- with the previously-editied Bolero in the middle. Also of note, it includes Joe's last great song, "The Confessor" (whereas the rest of that album, The Confessor, was rather mediocre) and the studio version of "All Night Long." In terms of compilation, this is far preferable to the disappointing Look What I Did (which suffers from questionable song selections, particularly from the 80s-period on).
Personally, I would have chosen a couple of different tracks -- "County Fair" from So What, for example -- but all of Joe's 70s-period albums from Barnstorm up to But Seriously Folks are well worth picking up anyway.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jamie MacTavish on February 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This compact disc has almost all of the best tunes that Joe Walsh made during his period with the James Gang through his days with Barnstorm and his solo career, not including any of the music he made with the Eagles. I'm giving this compilation four stars instead of five due to one glaring omission: "In the City" from the Warriors soundtrack.

One reviewer claims falsely that "In the City" is an Eagles song. If you check out the soundtrack cd for the film "The Warriors" you can confirm that the song is credited to Joe Walsh, not the Eagles. The reviewer may be confused as the Eagles covered "In the City" on their "The Long Run" album (after Joe Walsh's solo version) - either that or he was smoking the same stuff as the Amazon editorial reviewer who claims that this compilation includes the song "Bolero" (see above).
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Nippert on June 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When people talk about guitar legends they usually talk about Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Santana, but rarely do they mention the guitar heroics of one of the best-Joe Walsh. Maybe it was his self styled "Ordinary Average Guy" image or some of his jokey lyrics that made critics overlook him in the pantheon of rock greats, but he was definately the people's choice. Joe Walsh is the coolest and this collection rocks the house right out of the gate with "Funk #49" and continues with more groovy tunes from his days with The James Gang through his classic solo hits like "All Night Long", "Life Of Illusion" and the immortal "Life's Been Good". He could get heavy too, like on "The Confessor" which was one of the more ominous sounding rock songs coming out of radios in 1984. Also, in the middle of "The Bomber" he does his own take on "Bolero" that is just as magnificent as Beck's {or Ravel's). Walsh's humor and guitar virtuosity are all well spotlighted here on his greatest performances. A must have for any Classic Rock fan!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Bocchinfuso on February 4, 2006
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Actually, "In The City" was first released by Joe solo - NOT the Eagles - on "The Warriors" Original Soundtrack. (So perhaps SOME reviewers might want to get THEIR facts straight before being so rude!) And I agree that its omission here really makes this release a 4 1/2 stars since this is the perfect vehicle for re-releasing the song. Otherwise, you have to buy the "Warriors" soundtrack in order to hear Joe's ORIGINAL version.

A few other notable omissions I would have liked to seen here - "At the Station," "Over and Over," for example - but it's still hard to quibble with the selection. This collection deserved 2 cd's. Maybe the next "Best of" release will get it exactly right. But until then, all of the songs that are included are all first rate. A great introduction to a truly underrated artist; and if you want more, check out the rest of Joe's catalouge. (Amazon has several of them CHEAP!) You'll be glad you did.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Würm on July 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Joe Walsh's adventurous songcrafting and soloing as well as some of his own character shine brightly on this disc. Not every song on here is a "hit," but each one is a classic. Yes, even "Ordinary Average Guy." At least I'm admitting that I like it.

The reason why most would want to buy this is because it has "Funk 49," "Walk Away," "Rocky Mountain Way," "Life's Been Good," and "A Life of Illusion," but there's a lot more in store here. For starters, try "The Bomber." Seven minutes of pure rock nirvana, all coming out of three instruments and Walsh's vocals opening and closing the song. This track alone is a reason to buy this disc. Then there's "Meadows," which aside from it's bizarre opening (sounds to me like someone else used the water while Walsh was in the shower!) is driven by a simple but beautiful riff that draws you in. "The Confessor" is probably the best piece Walsh created in the 80s aside from "Illusion" (Waslh recently joked on an XM radio show that he was in outer space during the 80s).

Not many cons to site, other than the fact that including "In the City" would've been fitting since he gained a bit of a following from the song when it was included in The Warriors, but we'll save that for an Eagles collection.

Classic rock freaks and guitarists should pick this up. No disappointments here.
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What is the title of the hidden track?
It is an excerpt from The James Gang song 'I Don't Have The Time' from the album, Yer' Album.
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