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Songs for a Dying Planet

Joe WalshAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (August 11, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000287U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,978 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shut Up
2. Fairbanks Alaska
3. Coyote Love
4. I Know
5. Certain Situations
6. Vote For Me
7. Them From Baroque Weirdos
8. The Friend Song
9. It's All Right
10. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
11. Decades
12. Song For A Dying Planet

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No one would ever think... July 1, 2001
Format:Audio CD
...that Joe Walsh, with all his diversity, could come out with an album that has the ability not only to entertain, but to make you think, make you question, make you wonder. He touched on the problems with our society and the health of our planet in Ordinary Average Guy, but in Songs For A Dying Planet he reminds us that, if we're not mindful of the damage we're doing to Earth, that we won't have it to hand down to our children, and to their children after them.
While every song has meaning (aside from his remake of "Will you still love me") one of the last lines in one of the last songs really hits the target dead center:
"We are living on a dying planet, we're killing everything that's alive, and anyone who tries to deny it, wears a tie, and gets paid to lie"
Great album. Listen to it, not only with your ears, but with your head, and maybe even your heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tragic Message... January 3, 2010
Format:Audio CD
"Song For a Dying Planet" is not an artistic statement, a contrived metaphor to catch our interest. It's an honest accurate description of what Joe Walsh was seeing. The weight of that awareness must have been crushing, it's astonishing that Joe managed to write about anything else. So, to me, it's odd how careful Joe is to not be self indulgent on this album, writing only one, maybe two songs on the subject. He could have written 10 or 15, he certainly had plenty to say on the state of the world. I heard him on Howard Stern talking about it a decade ago, and he was seriously concerned. It's now 17 years since this disc's release and things are worse, more grim and hopeless. Even more people living destructive, wasteful, stupid lifestyles.

Is there a point to dwelling or obsessing on this subject? I don't know, and apparently neither does Joe, 'cause he hasn't written an album since. He's kept busy doing Eagles and James Gang tours, but that's all mindless time filler compared to what he'd done on his own. I saw him solo in Philly in 1996 and he was so good. He'd just gotten sober and wanted to have fun. He did, and so did we. But it seems he's retreated from his realization that we're all very quickly heading for some truly horrible "stuff". He is doing bizarre, maybe irrational things lately, appearing with "Trans-Siberian Orchestra" as recently as a couple weeks ago. What's wrong with that, you ask? Have you listened to Trans-Siberian Orchestra? It's like Jimi Hendrix playing with River Dance... strange.

Anyway, as far as this album goes, or any album, for that matter, it almost seems absurd to bother critiquing it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joe Walsh - His Most Overlooked Album June 18, 2008
Format:Audio CD
After several lackluster albums Walsh pulled a complete 360 and came out with one of his best albums of his career in my opinion with "Dying Planet". To me this is probably Joe's most underrated album. It pretty much tanked at the cash register and I don't think it even charted in the top 200. The single "Vote For Me" got a little bit of airplay on AOR stations, but quickly faded away. This is really sad as the album contains a bunch of great songs highlighted by what may be the best thing he has ever written called "Decades". "Decades" is a 12 minute long epic that takes a travel in time through the history of the U.S. in the last century. A few of the lyrics are slightly awkward, but for the most part this is a great little piece of work. The rest of the album also very good. "Shut Up", "Fairbanks Alaska", and "Vote For Me" feature Walsh's always sharp sense of humor. "Theme From Baroque Weirdoes" is a nice little instrumental. "I Know", "Certain Situations" "The Friend Song", and "It's All Right" are just good songs. The only two things that keep me from giving this a 5 star rating are the tracks "Coyote Love" which is pretty much awful and a throw away cover of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow". Even with these two clunkers I think this is one of Walsh's best and definitely his most underrated. Unfortunately this is the last studio album Walsh has released as of 2008. If you are a Walsh fan and don't have this one, you should pick it up.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tragic Message... January 3, 2010
Format:Audio CD
"Song For a Dying Planet" is not an artistic statement, a contrived metaphor to catch our interest. It's an honest accurate description of what Joe Walsh was seeing. The weight of that awareness must have been crushing, it's astonishing that Joe managed to write about anything else. So, to me, it's odd how careful Joe is to not be self indulgent on this album, writing only one, maybe two songs on the subject. He could have written 10 or 15, he certainly had plenty to say on the state of the world. I heard him on Howard Stern talking about it a decade ago, and he was seriously concerned. It's now 17 years since this disc's release and things are worse, more grim and hopeless. Even more people living destructive, wasteful, stupid lifestyles.

Is there a point to dwelling or obsessing on this subject? I don't know, and apparently neither does Joe, 'cause he hasn't written an album since. He's kept busy doing Eagles and James Gang tours, but that's all mindless time filler compared to what he'd done on his own. I saw him solo in Philly in 1996 and he was so good. He'd just gotten sober and wanted to have fun. He did, and so did we. But it seems he's retreated from his realization that we're all very quickly heading for some truly horrible "stuff". He is doing bizarre, maybe irrational things lately, appearing with "Trans-Siberian Orchestra" as recently as a couple weeks ago. What's wrong with that, you ask? Have you listened to Trans-Siberian Orchestra? It's like Jimi Hendrix playing with River Dance... strange.

Anyway, as far as this album goes, or any album, for that matter, it almost seems absurd to bother critiquing it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for
This CD was exactly what I was looking for. Apparently it is out of print, and not available elsewhere. Granted this CD isn't for everybody. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jackie Farr
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the words!!
Excellent "forgotten" album. Decades makes you think, a lot. Listen to this everyday. Not a typical album for him but I like it.
Published 12 months ago by John F.
4.0 out of 5 stars Last album for 20 years.
The last album by Joe until 2012's "Analog Man". "Songs", is a lot better than "Ordinary", in 1991. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ScottE
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a GREAT CD!!
If you are a Joe Walsh fan get this CD!! You won't go wrong! This is a great CD! Buy it now!!
Published on July 20, 2012 by ELROY BAIERL
5.0 out of 5 stars wade
This is a great cd, I think one of his best. There is a song on this cd called the friend song, if anyone every lost a close friend then this song will touch your heart.
Published on April 19, 2012 by wade
1.0 out of 5 stars Love the music, if I can hear it
I owned this album on tape and it was great. When I got the cd, it didn't play all the way through the first time,and it hasn't played at all since! Read more
Published on November 14, 2010 by Melissa K. Pendell-nuttall
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this is a great cd! it arrived alot sooner than expected as well. a very good buying experience.
Published on June 27, 2010 by B. J. Hoker
4.0 out of 5 stars "maybe a forgotten album, by joe walsh"
although it may not be joe at his best......... and it does not have the classic touch of joe's earlier works such as Barnstorm,The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get,So... Read more
Published on October 24, 2009 by leethamofo
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost worth it
After battling with drugs, alcohol, and drum machines for much of the '80s, Joe Walsh had finally managed to kick those habits; fortunately-yet-unfortunately, this... Read more
Published on April 3, 2008 by Jeremy Diringer
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It surprised me the trouble we had finding this album. Its good to me. We like every bit.For a long time we only had our cassette pirated from radio replay. Read more
Published on November 12, 2007 by AbbysK
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