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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 26, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000002PC9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,748 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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88 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. St Thomas on 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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Format: Audio CD
As a war-weary veteran of some 1800+ reviews across too many 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
Guests:
JOE LALA - Percussion
CLYDIE KING and VENETTA FIELDS - Backing Vocals

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 (Barcode 780014205928) is a December 2009 straightforward reissue of that Seventies rock classic (36:10 minutes). Engineer and disc-cutter KEVIN GRAY (over 250 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on November 7, 2000
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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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D. Allen on 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.
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