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Ordinary Average Guy

Joe WalshAudio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Ordinary Average Guy 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Gamma Goochee (Album Version) 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. You Might Need Somebody (Album Version) 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Where I Grew Up (Prelude to School Days) (Album Version) 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. School Days (Album Version) 5:17$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (April 23, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: April 23, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027KI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,271 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Typical, But Good July 14, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This may not be your "typical" Joe Walsh, if you are more familiar with his earlier solo efforts or his work with the Eagles. However, I think his own personality really shows in this album.
Many of the songs highlight his emotions of mid-life transition, so it is equally impactful for those of us going through those same feelings. When an artist puts his emotions into the music, that is what really draws me in. Putting intellect into it is helpful, but not as crucial for me. This album has a good mix of both.
Make sure to listen to "You Might Need Somebody" and "All of a Sudden". The album became popular with "Ordinary Average Guy" and some for "Gamma Goochee" and "Two Sides to Every Story". My all-time favorite Joe Walsh song is "Pretty Maids in a Row" (from "Hotel California" with the Eagles), but this album has a good mix of his own moods and the Eagles.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Joe Walsh - Ordinary Average Album June 17, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I have a lot of Joe's 70's and 80's albums on vinyl, but not a lot on CD. "Average Guy" was a bit of a comeback for Walsh. After having significant success as both a solo artist and as a member of The Eagles and James Gang, Walsh's star had fallen in the late 80's to the point where his albums rarely received any airplay and his sales fell flat. So it was a bit of a surprise when this one came out and suddenly the title track was all over AOR radio. Unfortunately the album itself is one of Joe's weakest in my opinion. This is one of those rare albums where I think the single is actually the best song on the album. The song "Ordinary Average Guy" pretty much features everything his fans love about him and deserved to be the hit that it was. The opening track "Two Sides To Every Story" is another winner, but after these two things slide down hill pretty quick. "Gamma Goochee" and "Alphabetical Order" are downright terrible. I guess he was going for a laugh on these, but it does not work. Really of the rest of the tracks the only ones I like are "All Of A Sudden" and "Where I Grew Up". I'll give this album a weak 3 stars, but Walsh has done much better.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Album October 21, 2005
Format:Audio CD
When this album came out in 1991, I didn't think much of it. As with most Joe Walsh albums, it had its moments, but in the end it somehow fell flat. Through the years it was largely lost amid my CD collection.

Well, it's amazing what time can do to your perspective. I just loaded the CD into my iPod, and gave each of the tunes a spin as I was doing so. Not only has this album aged well, most of the songs on the album were immediately recognizable to me. That's quite a feat for an album that I initially considered a disappointment, and it probably says more about the album than any review could.

If you like Joe Walsh (and by that I mean that you like the artist, and not just the big hits), then you will like this album. I cherry pick favorite songs from weak albums when I put certain artists on my iPod. This album was loaded onto my iPod in its entirety.
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1.0 out of 5 stars * 1/2 His all-time low. July 11, 2013
By ScottE
Format:Audio CD
10th studio album "Ordinary Average Guy", (1991), is just a lot of crap from Joe, it's his all-time low, his high points on this disc were, the title track is the popular story related tune and "School Days", is a pretty good number too.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Typically uneven Walsh album. July 11, 1999
Format:Audio CD
As with most of Joe Walsh's stuff, this CD has some good songs among the mediocre-to-bad ones. "Two Sides to Every Story" and "Ordinary Average Guy" start things off well. "The Gamma Goochie" is silly, but fun and the drumming on "Look at Us Now" is fanastic. It also ends strong with the last two tracks. The rest of 'em though, are middle of the road crap, which he always sticks on his CDs. I always thought this guy had a lot of talent as a guitarist and songwriter, and in his solo career spanning the years he has several songs that are good-to-great, it's just that he has never been able to come up with that one great CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album. January 31, 2001
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
Funny, I only feel compelled to write reviews of albums I love or hate...and I guess I love this one.
With Joe Walsh, you kind of have to let an album listen to you... give it time, listen to it again...suddenly it all makes sense.
"Ordinary Average Guy" is a stroke of genius, a classic the ranks with "Life's Been Good."
No Walsh collector should be without this album.
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