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Joe Walsh - ''But Seriously, Folks...'' [Asylum 6E-141] (16 May 1978)

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Artist:

Joe Walsh

Title:

''But Seriously, Folks...''

Released: 16 May 1978
Label: Asylum
Catalog: 6E-141
Pressing: PRC Recording Company, Compton, CA
Genre: Rock, Pop


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Over And Over
02 Second Hand Store
03 Indian Summer
04 At The Station
05 Tomorrow
06 Inner Tube
07 Theme From Boat Weirdos
08 Life's Been Good
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Al Campbell [allmusic.com]

As far as studio albums go, But Seriously Folks is Joe Walsh's most insightful and melodic. But Seriously Folks, released in 1978, was the album the Eagles should have made rather than the mediocre The Long Run. It captures a reflective song cycle along the same thematic lines of Pet Sounds, only for the '70s. The album's introspective outlook glides through rejuvenation (''Tomorrow,'' ''Over and Over''), recapturing the simple pleasures of the past (''Indian Summer''), mid-career indecision (''At the Station,'' ''Second Hand Store''), and a melancholy instrumental (''Theme From Boat Weirdos''). The disc's finale, ''Life's Been Good,'' is a sarcastic and bittersweet ode to Walsh's ''rock star-party guy'' persona which reached the Top 10 on the pop charts and became a staple of FM rock radio. The only way But Seriously Folks could have been improved, was to include ''In the City,'' essentially solo Walsh, which unfortunately ended up on The Long Run instead.


Joe Walsh - There Goes The Neighborhood [Asylum 5E-523] (1981)

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Artist:

Joe Walsh

Title:

There Goes The Neighborhood

Released: 1981
Label: Asylum
Catalog: 5E-523
Genre: Rock
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Things
02 Made Your Mind Up
03 Down On The Farm
04 Rivers (Of The Hidden Funk)
05 A Life Of Illusion
06 Bones
07 Rockets
08 You Never Know
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Ben Davies [allmusic.com]

Joe Walsh's long and varied career has had its ups and downs, to say the least. Here, you see Walsh in good old rock form. The opening track, "Things," pretty much defines it all: drum beat intro, a simple riff kicks in, a few synths, and then Walsh's lead -- it's this simple formula that gives the album its charm. This is early '80s rock in its most entertaining and fun form. Walsh's lead guitar is, as always, breathtaking. The rock legend's trademark sound is prominently featured throughout the album, and undoubtedly here he performs some of his finest solos. The only qualm that one can pick is that the whole album is in a much-similar vein. This is classic rock, though: once you start, you want more. There Goes the Neighborhood is by far one of Joe Walsh's greatest works, particularly from this era. Indeed, after the three-year absence in solo releases, Walsh proved himself ready and able to adapt to the sound of the time with shocarole_king ability.

Joe Walsh's biography

Jason Ankeny [allmusic.com]

From his early hits with the James Gang through to his tenure with the Eagles -- as well as a successful solo career -- Joe Walsh remained one of the most colorful characters in rock & roll, lending his distinctively reedy vocals, off-the-wall lyrics, and expansive guitar leads to a series of AOR staples including "Funk #49," "Rocky Mountain Way," and "Life's Been Good." Born November 20, 1947 in Wichita, Kansas, Walsh initially studied the oboe and clarinet, later playing bass in local bands the G-Clefs and the Nomads; while attending Kent State University, he finally picked up the guitar, fronting the collegiate combo the Measles from 1965 to 1969. He then joined the Cleveland-based hard rock trio the James Gang, alan_parsonsearing on their debut LP Yer' Album. The trio's 1970 album, The James Gang Rides Again, proved the group's commercial breakthrough, launching the FM radio favorite "Funk #49" and achieving gold status. While the follow-up, Thirds, was another success, yielding the classic "Walk Away," Walsh found the James Gang's power trio format too confining and left the group soon after.

After relocating to Colorado, Walsh formed a new group, Barnstorm, recording a self-titled 1972 LP before making his proper solo debut the following year with The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get. The record cracked the Top Ten on the strength of the pop hit "Rocky Mountain Way" and was followed in 1974 by So What. In the wake of 1976's You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind, Walsh replaced guitarist Bernie Leadon in the hugely popular West Coast rock quintet the Eagles, making his debut on their best-selling Hotel California album. He also continued his solo career, issuing But Seriously, Folks... in 1978; the record's highlight, the hilarious "Life's Been Good" -- a dead-on portrait of rock star debauchery -- became his biggest pop hit, nearly reaching the Top Ten. In 1979, Walsh announced his campaign for President of the United States, promising "free gas for everyone" if he won (he didn't). the Eagles' final studio album, the chart-topping The Long Run, alan_parsonseared that same year.

The soundtrack to the film Urban Cowboy generated Walsh's next solo smash, "All Night Long," which cracked the Top 20 in the summer of 1980; although 1981's There Goes the Neighborhood featured his final Top 40 entry, "A Life of Illusion," he continued recording steadily, resurfacing in 1983 with You Bought It: You Name It and issuing The Confessor two years later. In between, Walsh ran for the vice presidency, again unsuccessfully. Following 1987's Got Any Gum?, he toured with Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, returning to his solo career for 1991's Ordinary Average Guy. In 1994 he joined the reunited Eagles for their blockbuster Hell Freezes Over tour and remained on the road as a solo act for years to come. In 2012, after years touring with the Eagles and writing new material, Walsh recorded his first solo album with producer extraordinaire Jeff Lynne (of Electric Light Orchestra) and Beatles drummer Starr. A comeback of sorts, the album title Analog Man pertained to Walsh's difficulties catching up to the new standard of digital recording as a 64-year-old, and trying to adjust to technological advances in society.
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