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But Seriously Folks

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Life's Been Good and Second Hand Store highlight Walsh's reflective 1978 release!
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 20, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • ASIN: B0017CW5E4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
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When he released "But Seriously, Folks..." in 1978, Joe Walsh was in the middle of his first tenure with the Eagles. (The group would split after their 1980 tour to support "The Long Run," and resume in 1994 with "Hell Freezes Over.") Although it looked like Walsh's solo efforts would be on hold indefinitely with him joining the Eagles, this album came as a pleasant surprise to many, and shows a wide diversity in his musical influences.
There are hints here of everything from reggae to country to pop to full-blown rock, and it all flows extremely well. "Life's Been Good" is undoubtedly the best known track on this album, and would become a top 10 single and a concert favorite. Walsh's signature slide guitar is present on this album, in the excellent solo on the reggae-tinged "Over And Over," and peppered throughout the nostalgic "Indian Summer," while "Second Hand Store" has a bit of a country feel to it, complete with pedal steel guitar courtesy of Don Felder. A bit of Eagles presence is heard in the harmonies of the laid-back "Tomorrow," with background vocals provided by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Timothy B. Schmit. "At The Station" features the great double guitar work of Walsh and Felder. The sequence of "Inner Tube" and "Theme From Boat Weirdos" is beautifully done, and is widely considered to be the best of Walsh's instrumental work. The album's closer is the full version of the famous "Life's Been Good," Walsh's hilarious satire on rock stardom and "the silly lifestyle someone in my position leads," as he once put it so well.
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This was one of the first LPs I bought when I went up to college in the late 70s, and I wore it out very quickly. Within a few months it was unplayable. Elektra/Asylum must have been using flimsy vinyl, because several friends reported the same problem.
So it's great to have this album on CD, and in remastered format as well. This was Walsh's first solo album after 'Hotel California', and though there's a smattering of Eagles, their influence is not as pervasive as some had feared it might be. Actually there's as much of a reggae beat as there is any country rock feel to the album.
Although key sidesman Vitale was included, the band was less Barnstorm and more a stripped-down version of the band that had gone on tour and recorded 'You Can't Argue With a Sick Mind'. Walsh didn't need Vitale's composition strengths as much as on previous albums, but borrows the chorus and riff from 'Falling Down' on Vitale's classic 'Roller Coaster Weekend' LP to create 'At the Station'. Otherwise Walsh writes more of the music on this than on any previous album.
Overall, a good album, and a fine 'bad hair day' cover. Why do so many rock stars want to be filmed at the bottom of swimming pools?!
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But Seriously Folks is a great Album, not necessarily for its lack of resemblance to previous Joe Walsh works but for its quality in terms of the Country Rock genre. People talked of the Joe Walsh influence on Hotel California, this album illustrates the Eagles influence on Joe Walsh. Most typical is the outstanding harmonies on Second Hand Store and Tomorrow, (my fave`s along with Indian Summer)This album apart from Life`s Been Good is a poignant well crafted musical triumph and in my opinion a vastly underrated album. If you like Eagles circa Hotel California, or Walsh tunes like Help me through the night, get this album. Tomorrow, Indian Summer could have been Eagles Tunes. Sadly the jokey theme of Lifes Been Good permeates his later work far too frequently. Even a great riff as on Ordinary Average guy is ruined by an ordinary average lyric.
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If you need a reason to buy this CD, the album version of "Life's Been Good" is reason enough. It is entirely possible that you have wasted valuable years of your life listening only to the 3-minute "radio edit" that does not begin to do this rock materpiece justice.
This would be a great album without "Life's Been Good" however. Given the edgly rock feel of "Life," it is surprising that the rest of the album is so mellow. Walsh's fake theme song "Theme from Boat Weirdo" and "Tomorrow" are suprisingly sensative and creative cuts that would seem at odds with "Life" except for the fact that it is the uneveness of this album that makes it so endearing.
If you only own one Joe Walsh album, this should be it. If you're gonna splurge on two, check out the sadly overlooked "Songs for a Dying Planet."
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I think this is a great CD. I love Joe Walsh's guitar playing and I enjoy listening to the entire first 4 songs straight through uninterrupted. "At the Station" "Indian Summer" and "Second Hand Store" always make me think of summer time when I was a kid and we used to hang out at the fishing hole drinking beer. Of course, this contains the classic "Life's Been Good" and there's also a great catchy tune called "Tomorrow" and a couple of cool intrumental pieces.

I am a huge Joe Walsh fan so I have to say I am probably playing some favoritism but why not - I think the man is underrated as both a guitar player and lyricist. He may not write mind bending philosophical lyrics 24/7 but he sure knows how to construct a good piece of humoring lyrical content and he has the ability to make you forget about your worries and draw you to another place and time. And isn't that what music is supposed to be about sometimes?
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