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(4.5 stars) THE LISTEN YOU BETTER, THE MORE IT GETS ! (a solid album from rock's resident comedian/guitar guru),
This review is from: Smoker You Drink the Player You Get (Audio CD)
The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get (1973), Joe Walsh's second solo album, includes two rock classics, Rocky Mountain Way and Meadows. Both include plenty of great guitar, Joe's wry wit, and fine vocal performances. Rocky Mountain Way made famous the "talk box", which would later be used by Peter Frampton on his blockbuster, Frampton Comes Alive. The tune is Joe's signature song, and his most popular recording. It's political/anti-political message begins with:
Spent the last year
Rocky Mountain Way
Couldn't get much higher
Out to pasture
Think it's safe to say
Time to open fire
Meadows has an autumnal theme, a great rhythm guitar riff, and Joe just being his unpretentious and charming self.
Can't help but feel uncertain
Knowing which way to turn
They want to raise the curtain
And you're holding the words to learn
Wolf is a somber minor-key reflection in the tradition of his James Gang composition Ashes, the Rain, and I. Midnite Moodies is a jazzy instrumental that features flute expressions from Joe Vitale. This is not a perfect album, but it's very good, and The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get is essential for Joe Walsh fans. It's one of his best.
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Initial post: Jan 8, 2008 8:46:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2008 8:46:57 PM PST
Did you ever get a chance to hear Stevie Nick's CD Timespace and read the liner notes inside? "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You" by Nicks was written for Joe Walsh. She's apparently his biggest fan.
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Last edited by the author on Jan 9, 2008 12:05:12 PM PST
ol' nuff n' den sum says:
I read those liner notes about Stevie's relationship with Joe, and the touching story of Joe and his daughter. I just ordered Joe Walsh's album, So What, which includes Song For Emma, a song he wrote for his daughter. I had it on 8-track a long time ago. It's very good, too.
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