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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|
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His playing, singing and songwriting is in top form. Amazing for a guy who has basically taken a 20 year nap. Like Rip Van Winkle; Joe woke up and said, "I can still do this, and as good as ever!"; and he did.
The only thing that has changed is that Joe has got himself sober, and he is quite candid about the Joys of just being straight, clean, a family man. But he does it in a way that is not preachy; or condescending. He is just writing about what is going on in his life now; and he wants to let everyone know that growing up and becoming a responsible, happily married adult can be a gas.
He hasn't lost his sense of humor, he even wrote a whinsical song about his wife getting a fishbone stuck in her throat. Which was not a fun experience when it happened, I'm sure. Still he found a way to joke about it.
The whole album is really solid, good old Joe Walsh rock and roll, with a few mellow tunes thrown in to balance things out. But he was always that way; even his earliest works mixed some really hard rock with some really heartfelt mellow songs. So it's not like he's changed his old formula.
But these are all new songs, it's not just re-writing the same old song slightly different. These songs stand on their own, There IS one song which is an obvious nod to Funk # 49, the rest of the songs are totally new inventions.
And , like Neil Young, he is an old school Analog Man; he doesn't use much digital stuff; so it's all real music. No Pro Tools to fix that one slightly off note, (I hate what Pro Tools has done to modern music; when you hear someone who is singing and never makes even the slightest of errors; the tempo never varies even the slightest; they sound like a machine, it just ain't real!)
So, I am really enjoying this album, and I think it will be one of those albums I listen to over and over. Can't ask for more than that!
This album will probably not go down as one of his greatest works but let's face it most of rock -n- roll's good notes got taken up in the 70's anyway. Regardless "Analog Man" is an important album because it brought Walsh back into the studio and making new music again when it is probably more profitable to do Eagle's tours signing old tried and true classics. So while Walsh's new album may not be a timeless classic, it is original and good enough (better than most on today's charts). Walsh still has the talent and songwriting ability to peak the interest of someone looking for new music from an old dog!