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Smoker You Drink the Player You Get

Joe WalshAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002PC9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In between his stints with the James Gang and Eagles came this 1973 LP, Joe's most successful solo outing. This amazingly eclectic rock gem has his smash Rocky Mountain Way ; his hit Meadows , plus Bookends; Wolf; Dreams , and more!

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83 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get (1973) February 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I rarely do this, but the review that states this album has 'stinkers' on it, hasn't bought the same album I have. I'm not sure what album they have, but it's not the one I have. The album I have is a pretty wonderful collection of songs, played by great musicians, and made with the decision that Joe Walsh does not have to play a guitar solo for every song he writes. And to me that's refreshing. I'm glad he thought so too.

I've always thought that The Eagles needed Joe Walsh more than he needed them. Songs like 'Life In The Fast Lane' Walsh could have written on his own, in his sleep, while making Pot Noodles. The best thing that comes from his association with The Eagles is his work with Don Felder, and on 'You Bought It, You Name It', this 'team' comes up with one of the best Joe Walsh tunes of his career. But that's on another album. I'm just stating the simple fact that Joe Walsh is an immensely talented musician, who's experimentation with everything, not just guitar, makes him quite a talented man indeed. And this album is full of experimenation. So there are no stinkers.

Second point is this. In 1973, a Grammy went to the engineering work done by Geoff Emerick on Paul McCartney's Band On The Run. It's pretty obvious that the Grammy's are decidedly 'fixed', because I swear Alan Parson's engineering on Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' puts BOTR to shame. And many albums I've heard from that year put BOTR to shame. Steely Dan's 'Countdown To Ecstasy', 10cc's debut album, Frank Zappa's 'Overnite Sensation', ELO's 'Eldorado', George Harrison's 'Living in the Material Word' to name only a few on a large list. The Grammy went to the wrong person for the wrong album.

And I have to say, and I own ''The Smoker . . . .
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Oh Yeah! AAGHH! AAGHH!" January 17, 2010
Format:Audio CD
As a war-weary veteran of some 300+ reviews across 2 years of Amazon and Blog postings, like many music fans purchasing remastered CDs, I grow tired of record companies and their blurbs about 'meticulous transfers' and 'painstaking restoration'... So it was with a certain amount of gonad-holding trepidation that I approached the latest Audiophile reissue of one of my favourite Joe Walsh albums.

But I'm so glad that I did - because this is truly one of the most BEAUTIFUL and ACCOMPLISHED transfers of music that I've ever heard. I'm properly blown away, I really am.

But to the details first...

Original Produced by Joe Walsh and BILL SZYMCZYK, the musicians were:
JOE WALSH - Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals, Keyboard and Synthesiser
JOE VITALE - Drums, Flute, Vocals, Keyboards & Synthesiser
ROCKE GRACE - Keyboards and Vocals
KENNY PASSARELLI - Bass and Vocals
JOE LALA - Percussion

His second solo vinyl album "The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get." was originally released September 1973 in the USA on Dunhill/ABC DSX-50140 and on Probe SPBA 6275 in the UK in October 1973. This 24 KT + Gold CD (HDCD encoded) on Audio Fidelity AFZ 059 is a December 2009 straightforward reissue of that Seventies rock classic (36:10 minutes). Engineer and disc-cutter KEVIN GRAY (over 150 credits to his name) has remastered the original first generation tapes using AF's "analogue to digital converter" system. Without any further 'sonic manipulation', the disc is then cut in 'real time' to get the very best sound achievable.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is an outstanding album, definitely in my all-time Top 20, and still waiting to be remastered. (The follow-up "So What" is pretty good, too.)
One tragedy it highlights is that drummer/flautist Joe Vitale's wonderful solo album "Roller Coaster Weekend" has never been transferred to CD, to my knowledge. Until that happens -- and it's going to take a campaign by fans to achieve that -- then this magnificent album is our best reminder of what Walsh and Vitale achieved together.
Who knows what Joe could have achieved if he hadn't joined the Eagles? He certainly gave them a power injection, but his solo career never again hit the heights that this rocky mountain album reached.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Audio Fidelity Disappointment January 19, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I really like this album. It's one of my all-time favorites. And me, being the obsessive-compulsive audiophile that I am, I'm always looking for a better sounding version. My family regularly makes fun of me for this when they see me buying a CD: "What's that?" they'll gleefully inquire. "The sixth copy of an album you already have?!" (followed by cackles and nudging each other with their elbows)...Whatever.

Well, anyway, I waited for a reliable review of this until I could wait no more, and I took the plunge anyway. As you probably suspect, this is the umpteenth version I've owned, but for the sake of keeping it simple, I'll only reference it to two previous CD releases: The original MCA release and the gold MCA Ultimate MasterDisc that came out in '94 and is now out-of-print.

While many in the Ultimate MasterDisc series were stinkers (Pronounced...Lynyrd Skynyrd), TSYDTPYG was a VAST improvement over the original CD, and I haven't found anything better up to this point. So this was the version Audio Fidelity had to beat.

This Audio Fidelity version is a big improvement in all aspects over the muffled original issue that is still sold today, and I recommend it to anyone wanting to upgrade from their original, but the Ultimate MasterDisc The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get is still the champ. It has a more atmospheric high-res sound to it, lending it a much wider and somewhat deeper soundstage, and 3D imaging. This Audio Fidelity disc is claustrophobic and 2D, compared to it, and it has a veil that isn't present on the earlier gold disc. On the plus side: The mastering volume was kept low, compared to many of today's over-driven remasters, and I detected no clipping or overloading.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 25 days ago by mark jeffries
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Walsh is so damn good!!
Great, JW kicks ass again
Published 26 days ago by Randy Phelps
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Joe Walsh is fantastic
Published 1 month ago by S. Wight
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Joe's Best
The best release by Joe in my opinion. Maybe it was the time in my life or the music, or both but I finally wore out the cassette and upgraded to the CD, yep I'm a little behind... Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. DeBerry
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good c,d.
Published 1 month ago by Joseph P. Raiche
5.0 out of 5 stars The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get
Joe Walsh at his finest! I have always loved this album and it's a real pleasure to have it back in my collection.
Published 3 months ago by GEORGE BABCOCK JR.
1.0 out of 5 stars Dont buy this cd!!!
I only like one song on this cd and that is rocky mountain way.Save your money and go to the library they have it there for free!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Cathy Williamson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Music
Downloaded the album version but one of the tracks was screwed up, so returned the purchase and will look for individual songs instead.
Published 7 months ago by DebaSaurus
5.0 out of 5 stars joe's a prottagy this album an ace
god bless joe walsh one of the most gifted singers righters guitar players I've ever listened too greatly orcistrated album
Published 7 months ago by mitch snow
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Walsh rocks!
So happy I got this CD. It brings back great memories & his music never gets old. I still have the LP too!
Published 8 months ago by Norine
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