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Analog Man [CD/DVD Combo] [Deluxe Edition]
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Grammy Award winning rock and roll legend Joe Walsh returns with Analog Man, his first solo album in two decades to be released on June 5th, 2012 from Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group. Analog Man is both modern and timelessly soulful, packed with Walsh's beloved wit, charm and chops; it delivers an incredibly raw and intimate sound.
"It's been 20 years and I have a lot to say," said Walsh. "These songs come from the heart." Walsh, best known for his powerful guitar licks, joined the Eagles in 1976 and is credited for bringing a harder rock sound to the band with the acclaimed Hotel California, The Long Run and Eagles Live. A singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Walsh has entertained for more than four decades, not only as a solo artist, but as part of admired bands like The James Gang and Barnstorm.
As a self-proclaimed Analog Man, also the album name and title track, Walsh refers playfully to the new digital age; one in which he has adapted to, but notes in the song, "I am what I am - I'm an Analog Man." Walsh developed the album over the last 10 years, drawing on personal experiences to breathe life into each track. "I just really feel like it's all come together and finally I feel like a complete person and a complete musician," said Walsh. "I think there is some confidence in there that I never had. That's what I was hiding." Walsh credits his wife of four years, Marjorie, for encouraging him to be the man and artist he is today and fondly dedicates this album to her.
The 10-track album was produced by Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh with Tommy Lee James co-writing some of the tracks. "Lucky That Way," one of Walsh's favorites off the album, speaks to the extraordinary life he's lived, even through the hurdles, and features Ringo Starr, his real life brother-in-law, on drums. The song ironically serves as a mature sequel to Walsh's famed "Life's Been Good" and for Walsh, life is just that.
Disc 2 - DVD Track Listing
|1. Analog Man LIVE VIDEO|
|2. Lucky That Way LIVE VIDEO|
|3. Wrecking Ball LIVE VIDEO|
|4. Interview and Track by Track with Joe Walsh VIDEO|
Top Customer Reviews
First off, let me commend Joe and his label for including a download card for 24khz/96bit .wav files! This should be standard fare with all new vinyl releases - but if you're lucky enough to get a download card most are crappy-sounding .mp3 files (like Santana's new Shape Shifter download, which sounds nothing like the vinyl release...) But I digress.
Let's face it. Joe is lucky to be alive. Many of his contemporaries are not, due to drugs, booze, living the rock n' roll lifestyle, disease and plain old age. Thank God he's still here to make music like he did on this album!
OK, so it's not "But Seriously Folks" or even close to some of his other gems. But it's a good album, and the more I listen the more I like it. Because today (Tuesday June 5th) was the first day the hi-res download was available, I just got the files and I'm listening to them as I write this. I can't say enough about how good it is to hear ol' Joe rockin' my system!
As soon as the music starts, you know you're listening to Joe Walsh. Most of the songs are heartfelt, and clearly crating this album was good for his soul. I suspect we'll hear a lot more from him in the future - perhaps a new James Gang album?
As for sonics, both the vinyl pressing and the hi-res download sound good, but they were obviously put together in ProTools. I have not yet heard the CD, but suspect that it will suffer from some compression given how dynamic the vinyl and hi-res file are.
If you're a Joe Walsh/James Gang/Eagles fan, this is an album worth adding to your collection. Like Joe, I'm also an Analog Man - and I give it two thumbs up!
I look back at "So What", "You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind", "But Seriously Folks", "There Goes the Neighborhood", & "You Bought It - You Name It" and those releases have endured and continue to have legs to this day.
I'll admit that I've been continuously disappointed by what Joe has released since the mid 80's.
However, Analog Man has some terrific moments that bring a smile to this face. It's satisfying to finally hear Joe writing and playing to the level he is capable of.
It sounds like Joe is enjoying himself and having some fun and the the majority of the tracks are filled with some heart and soul.
Things get off to a spirited start with the title track.
"Wrecking Ball" & "Lucky that Way" have already grown on me and sunk themselves into my subconscious.
I also really love the frolicking "Hi-Roller baby".
I would have loved to have heard more tracks similar to "India" with vocals. What a prolific jam this track is.
This release shows the promise that Joe is capable of and is far more consistent that Got Any Gum? Ordinary Average Guy, or Songs for a Dying Planet. All of these albums mentioned had their moments but Analog Man far outpaces them.
I have no issues with the production of this album. I'm not sure what some listeners are expecting here?
This is a solid release in the cannon of Joe Walsh music.
It's definitely worth picking up and adding to your collection.
Welcome back Joe!
It's songwriting that's matured in time and is exactly like you would expect in an old friend that you haven't seen in 20 years - you know him, but he's 20 years on. The views (lyrics) are 20 years on, but the music - like you know him - is the same in style. It's an old friend that is joyful to be with, even though a lot of time has passed. Seems like just yesterday, but it's like no time has passed.
This point in life resonates, and the title is in perfect sync with where this should be. Analog in a digital world - we are living in the modern and continually progressing world, yet we know where we really are in the reality of it all. It's got Joe's tongue-in-cheek playfulness, but also has great messages ("finally learned to live my life one day at a time") that resonate with where we fans find ourselves also at this stage of life.
Having said all the above, it's all fresh and new and a joy to listen to. To me, it's the ideal statement through music of where we Boomer rockers find ourselves today.
I wish I could describe it better! Magnificent!