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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 2, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca
  • ASIN: B000002ON9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,500 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

A classic-rock classic, this 1975 LP saw Joe cranking out killer guitar solos and welcoming guests Dan Fogelberg, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Randy Meisner and J.D. Souther! The hit Turn to Stone joins County Fair; Falling Down; Time Out , and more.

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I'd say listening to this brought me back to my college days...but I'm 19 and I'm still in college.
Jeremy Diringer
Some of the songs didn't get radiotime but are just as good as good as the ones that did, have a listen and you will agree.
Tim McCullough
This being an older cd and not available at most retail stores the sound quality was and is excellent!
Kevin

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on April 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Before his aquilisation, Joe Walsh recorded an outstanding sequence of four albums in the first half of the 70s: 'Barnstorm', 'The Smoker You Get ...', 'So What' and the live 'You Can't Argue With a Sick Mind'. Any or all of these albums should be on the shelves of the discerning CD collector. And nearly all of them contain a different version of 'Turn to Stone'! Was it that Joe was always dissatisfied with every preceding version? Or was he running short of new material?
I know nothing of Joe's life story outside his records, but it seems that he hit a creative low after that brilliant four-album sequence. By which I simply mean that he didn't write many songs for the band he joined, namely the Eagles. Whether he rescued the Eagles or they rescued him depends on whom you believe.
With 'So What', Joe recorded a wonderful variety of songs, some of which give advance notice of his Eagle-eyed intent: Don Henley, Randy Meisner, JD Souther and Glenn Frey all put in appearances. Death is also stamped across the LP: 'Song For Emma' features maudlin lyrics such as 'You were with us for a while, then he took you, and it made your mama cry'. 'Pavanne' is taken from Ravel -- not his Pavanne for a Dead Child, but the Pavanne for the Belle of the Sleeping Wood. It took me ages to find a full orchestral version of the Mother Goose Suite from which this comes, and I have to say I still prefer Joe's version, despite the uncredited string section at the start of the track.
'All Night Laundry Mat Blues' is a filler, but fun.
But for me, the stand-out tracks are 'Welcome to the Club' and 'County Fair', which get closest to the tight band sound he had on the previous album, 'The Smoker You Get ...', which is his masterpiece.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Muscato on August 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I first heard "Welcome To The Club" being played by a bar band in '74; I had no idea where the song came from but I went back the next week just to hear the same crummy band play that same cool song. When I found out it was a Joe Walsh tune I ran out and bought the album simply for that song...what a bonus the rest of the album turned out to be. This is classic Joe, great rockers like "Turn To Stone"--a really frenzied guitar on the outro, "Time Out" and "Welcome....". Lush acoustic songs, "Falling Down" and "Help Me Through the Night" , the spacey "County Fair" and the obligatory goofball farce, "All Night Laundry Mat Blues." I don't think Walsh has ever done better; I bought this as an LP, a casette and a CD and still listen to it today. No Walsh fan should be without it.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Greenhaw on November 25, 2004
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Emma was killed in a car accident involving a drunk driver, while her mom was driving her to preschool...a gorgeous, moving piece about the beauties/incomprehensibilities in life. The heavenly choir and prayer-like lyrics had always haunted me, but I never knew the backstory, and then I heard Joe HIMSELF on a radio show recount the story...how he and his wife spent the following year seated on the floor in an embrace, crying for Emma...

it's a beautiful tribute capping a strong effort by J.W.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Diringer on December 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Most fans agree that Walsh's true peak was in the 70's, and this is an excellent snapshot of him in top form. Much like 'The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get', this album falls under the category of rock but is a collection of quite a few genres.
The album opener, "Welcome to the Club," shows his excellent musicianship; instead of trying to ignite the fretboard every single second and clog a song with so-called 'talent,' his skill lies in knowing when to let loose and when to lay back. After a crashing opening, the song gradually unfolds, with the standard wise-ass Walsh wit, and solos that fit perfectly, neither too flashy nor too dull, and uniformly great. Other highlights include the (mostly-)acoustic half-ballad "Help Me Through The Night" (I say half because most ballads don't end with someone blowing a raspberry at the end), the spacy "County Fair" with a well-crafted backward solo through the middle (where other artists used this to make a mediocre solo better, Walsh made it into an artform of its own), and "Time Out", the counterpart to the opening track, with great slide-work and an attention to detail most blues-based rockers didn't have (for instance, the layers of guitars during solos), as well as the classic smart-ass lyrics Joe's known for ("The maids were in the hallway, bangin' on the door/Askin' what the funny smell was,/Wake you up to tell you 'It's okay to sleep some more! By the way, is there any you can sell us?"). In fact, most of the album is a highlight--"Falling Down" and "Song for Emma" show Walsh's softer, sadder side--but with no less songwriting skill or style. And for those who like his oddball sense of humour, there's "All Night Laundromat Blues," which, he attests, was written in college at a laundromat, waiting for his clothes to dry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ol' nuff n' den sum on January 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Imagine Joe Walsh at a yard sale looking through the worn items for sale. Items that were once new and useful are now no longer needed or wanted and just in the way. There's a subtle sadness there, and Joe would surely notice it. He notices things things like that, and writes songs about the sorrow and irony of those inconspicuous realities. In the song County Fair Joe sings:

Found an old puzzle somebody had quit
Tried a few pieces and hoped that they fit
But they're going together so slowly
It may take me forever to know
If it's only a puzzle

Then in Falling Down:

Making no deposit, no return
Making the same mistakes, we never learn
All of the pain in those faces
Trying not to show concern
Spent and broken
Like a worn out subway token
...in the city
Rain doesn't have to hurry in the city
Falls sadly to the ground
...the only way to fall is down

So What (1975) is probably Joe Walsh's saddest album, but one of his best, too. Joe's young daughter, Emma, was tragically killed in a traffic accident while on the way to nursery school the year before. The emotional Emma's Song, which closes the album, was written and performed for her. It's a very personal tribute. Joe keeps his trademark sense of humor in tact, though. Dan Fogelberg joins in for the short, funny, and acoustic All Night Laundry Mat Blues, and in Time Out Joe sings:

The maids are in the hallway
Bangin' on the door
Askin' what the funny smell was
Wake you up and tell you
It's OK to sleep some more
By the way, is there any you can sell us?
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