Tag: Joe Walsh

Tuesday 1/31/23 9pm ET: Feature LP: Joe Walsh – The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get (1973)

The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get is the second studio album by American rock guitarist and singer Joe Walsh, released June 18, 1973 by ABC-Dunhill Records in the United States and the United Kingdom, and was also released in Germany. It proved to be his commercial breakthrough, largely on the strength of the Top 40 hit single, “Rocky Mountain Way”, which helped propel the album into the Top 10.

On this album, Walsh shares the vocals and songwriting with the other three members of Barnstorm: drummer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Vitale, bassist Kenny Passarelli, and new member, keyboardist Rocke Grace. As a result, a variety of styles are explored on this album; there are elements of blues, jazz, folk, pop, and even Caribbean music. However, the album is only credited to Walsh as a solo artist, not to Barnstorm, which led to the band’s demise. After the success of this album, Walsh continued making albums as a solo artist.

  1. “Rocky Mountain Way” 5:15
  2. “Bookends” 2:45
  3. “Wolf” 3:09
  4. “Midnight Moodies” 3:39
  5. “Happy Ways” 2:40
  6. “Meadows” 4:36
  7. “Dreams” 5:50
  8. “Days Gone By” 5:54
  9. “Daydream (Prayer)” 1:56

Joe Walsh – guitars, keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals, lead vocals (on 1, 3, 6, 7, 9)
Kenny Passarelli – bass guitar, guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals (on 5)
Joe Vitale – drums, percussion, piano, keyboards, flute, backing vocals, lead vocals (on 2, 8)
Rocke Grace – keyboards, backing vocals
Joe Lala – percussion
Venetta Fields – backing vocals
Clydie King – backing vocals

Wednesday 9/14/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Joe Walsh – Got Any Gum? (1987)

Got Any Gum? is the eighth solo studio album by the American singer-songwriter Joe Walsh. It was originally released October 29, 1987, on the label Warner Brothers in the United States, and Full Moon in the UK, which was the last Walsh album to be released by either of those labels. The album features eight original songs which were written by Walsh with others and by himself, the album also features two covers, including the song “In My Car”, which was co-written by Walsh with Ringo Starr, the former drummer for The Beatles (the song was originally released on Starr’s ninth studio solo album Old Wave, in 1983). The album also features vocal contributions from J. D. Souther and Survivor’s lead vocalist Jimi Jamison.

The album was received negatively by the majority of music critics, while other reviewers noted good points to the album. It was also a commercial disappointment, peaking at #113 on the Billboard 200, which marked the beginning of a downturn in Walsh’s fortunes on the album charts, and ultimately led to both Warner Bros. and Full Moon dropping him from their labels. Two singles were issued from Got Any Gum?: “The Radio Song” and “In My Car”. The album’s first and leading single, “The Radio Song,” unlike the album, was a commercial success, peaking at #8 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Its music video featured the legendary DJ Wolfman Jack.

  1. “The Radio Song” 3:31
  2. “Fun” 3:04
  3. “In My Car” 3:37
  4. “Malibu” 5:11
  5. “Half of the Time” 5:11
  6. “Got Any Gum?” 1:11
  7. “Up to Me” 5:21
  8. “No Peace in the Jungle” 5:57
  9. “Memory Lane” 4:27
  10. “Time” 4:09

Joe Walsh – lead and background vocals; guitar; synthesizer; keyboards
Terry Manning – keyboards; E-mu Emulator; piano; backing vocals
Dave Cochran – bass guitar
Chad Cromwell – drums; percussion
Mark Rivera – saxophone on “Half of the Time” and “No Peace in the Jungle”
Rick Rosas (credited as “Rick the Bass Player”) – bass guitar on “Half of the Time”
Jimi Jamison – backing vocals
J.D. Souther (credited as “John David Souther”) – backing vocals

Tuesday 7/26/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Joe Walsh – You Bought It – You Name (1983)

You Bought It – You Name It is the sixth studio album by the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. The album was released in mid 1983, on the label Warner Bros., two years after Walsh’s successful album There Goes the Neighborhood. It was Walsh’s second and final studio album to feature George “Chocolate” Perry as producer.

The album was received negatively by the majority of music critics, while other reviewers noted good points to the album. It was also not as successful as Walsh’s previous albums, peaking at #48 on the Billboard 200. However, Walsh found some moderate success with the single “Space Age Whiz Kids”, about the pinnacle of the 1980s video arcade craze. The single peaked at #52 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and at #21 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. An outtake from The Long Run, “Told You So” features a guest appearance from former Eagles’ member Don Felder (who also co-wrote the track). The album also features contributions from two other Eagles’ members Don Henley, and Timothy B. Schmit, as well as country singer-songwriter Michael Martin Murphey, session guitarist Waddy Wachtel, and the drummer Joe Vitale from Walsh’s former band Barnstorm.

  1. “I Can Play That Rock & Roll” 3:03
  2. “Told You So” 3:54
  3. “Here We Are Now” 3:54
  4. “The Worry Song” 4:37
  5. “I.L.B.T.s” 2:53
  6. “Space Age Whiz Kids” 3:40
  7. “Love Letters” 3:11
  8. “Class of ’65” 4:27
  9. “Shadows” 5:09
  10. “Theme from Island Weirdos” 3:35

Joe Walsh – lead vocals, synthesizers, guitars, slide guitar, LinnDrum
Joe Vitale – grand piano, bass, drums, Syndrums, backing vocals
Waddy Wachtel – rhythm guitar, guitar synthesizer
George “Chocolate” Perry – bass
Don Felder – lead guitar (2)
Kevin Dukes – rhythm guitar (6, 7)
Joe Pruessner – bass (8)
Don Henley – backing vocals (3)
Timothy B. Schmit – backing vocals (3)
Michael Martin Murphey – backing vocals (8)

Tuesday 6/28/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Joe Walsh – So What (1974)

So What is the third studio album by the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. It was released December 14, 1974 on ABC-Dunhill Records.

It contains hard rock songs such as “Welcome To The Club” and a remake of the Barnstorm track, “Turn To Stone”. It also contains more introspective material such as “Help Me Through the Night” and “Song For Emma”.

On a few tracks, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Randy Meisner of Eagles contributed backing vocals. Over a year and a half later, Walsh would be drafted into Eagles to replace founding member Bernie Leadon, playing on their best-selling studio album Hotel California.

  1. “Welcome to the Club” 5:14
  2. “Falling Down” 4:56
  3. “Pavanne of the Sleeping Beauty (from The Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel)” 1:56
  4. “Time Out” 4:28
  5. “All Night Laundry Mat Blues” 0:58
  6. “Turn to Stone” 3:47
  7. “Help Me Through the Night” 3:35
  8. “County Fair” 6:43
  9. “Song for Emma” 4:20

Joe Walsh – synthesizer, bass, guitar, piano, vocals, background vocals, Moog synthesizer, mellotron, ARP
Jody Boyer – vocals, background vocals
Dan Fogelberg – guitar, vocals
Glenn Frey – vocals, background vocals
Guille Garcia – percussion, conga
Bryan Garofalo – bass, vocals, background vocals
Ron Grinel – drums
Don Henley – vocals, background vocals
Russ Kunkel – drums
Randy Meisner – vocals, background vocals
Kenny Passarelli – bass, vocals
J.D. Souther – guitar, vocals, background vocals
Leonard Southwick – harmonica
Tom Stephenson – organ, keyboards
John Stronach – vocals
Joe Vitale – flute, drums, keyboards

Friday 1/14/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Joe Walsh – There Goes the Neighborhood (1981)

There Goes the Neighborhood is the fifth solo studio album by the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh, sometime-guitarist for the Eagles. The album was released in May 1981, on Asylum Records, three years after Walsh’s album But Seriously, Folks…. A commercial and critical success, it is generally regarded as the culmination of the smoother, more adult-oriented sound of Walsh’s solo work.

The album features contributions from two Eagles’ members Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit as well as session musicians including Russ Kunkel, David Lindley, Bob Mayo, and Victor Feldman.

The album peaked at number 20 on the Billboard 200. The album only spawned one single, “A Life of Illusion”, which would become one of Walsh’s most popular songs. The single also topped the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

  1. “Things” 5:40
  2. “Made Your Mind Up” 4:24
  3. “Down on the Farm” 3:10
  4. “Rivers (Of the Hidden Funk)” 5:06
  5. “A Life of Illusion” 3:30
  6. “Bones” 4:32
  7. “Rockets” 3:55
  8. “You Never Know” 5:20

Joe Walsh – vocals, guitars, acoustic piano (1), synthesizers (1), keyboards (2), jawbone (3), organ (4), noises (7)
Tom Stephenson – organ (6)
Don Felder – guitars (4, 8), talk box (4)
Bob Mayo – 12-string guitar (4)
Kenny Passarelli – guitarrón (6), trumpet (6)
George “Chocolate” Perry – bass (1-4, 6, 7, 8), backing vocals (1), percussion (7)
Joe Vitale – drums, backing vocals (1, 2, 7), tambourine (4), acoustic piano (6)
Russ Kunkel – triangle (3)
Victor Feldman – percussion (8)
David Lindley – violin (3, 6), backing vocals (6)
Timothy B. Schmit – backing vocals (1)
Jody Boyer – backing vocals (4, 6, 8)

Thursday 12/30/21 2pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1973 A to Z – Part 3

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1973 A2Z.

We continue with letter C and start D with music from: Spinners, Byrds, Buckingham Nicks, Led Zeppelin, America, King Harvest, Chicago, Joe Walsh, Doobie Brothers, Elton John, War, Helen Reddy, Who, Jimmy Buffett, Anne Murray, Archie Bell and The Drells and many more.

2pm to 6pm ET

Friday 11/19/21 1pm ET: Feature Artist: Joe Walsh

Joseph Fidler Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. In a career spanning more than 50 years, he has been a member of three successful rock bands: James Gang, Eagles, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Walsh was also part of the New Zealand band Herbs. In the 1990s, he was a member of the short-lived supergroup The Best.

Walsh has also experienced success both as a solo artist and as a prolific session musician, being featured on a wide array of other artists’ recordings. In 2011, Rolling Stone placed him at the No. 54 spot on its list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

In the mid-1960s, after attending Kent State University, Walsh played with several local Ohio-based bands before reaching a national audience as a member of the James Gang, whose hit song “Funk #49” highlighted his skill as both a guitarist and singer. Roger Abramson, a concert producer and artist manager, signed the James Gang to a management agreement with BPI in Cleveland. After leaving the James Gang in 1972, he formed Barnstorm with Joe Vitale, a college friend from Ohio, and Kenny Passarelli, a bassist from Colorado, where Walsh had moved after leaving Ohio. While the band stayed together for three albums over three years, its works were marketed as Walsh solo projects. The last Barnstorm album, 1974’s So What contained significant guest contributions from several members of the Eagles, a group that had recently hired Walsh’s producer, Bill Szymczyk.

At Szymczyk’s suggestion, Walsh joined the Eagles in 1975 as the band’s guitarist and keyboardist following the departure of their founding member Bernie Leadon, with Hotel California being his first album with the band. In 1998, a reader’s poll conducted by Guitarist magazine selected the guitar solos on the track “Hotel California” by Walsh and Don Felder as the best guitar solos of all time. Guitar World magazine listed it at eighth of the Top 100 Guitar Solos.

Besides his work with his several bands, he has released twelve solo studio albums, six compilation albums and two live albums. His solo hits include “Rocky Mountain Way”, “Life’s Been Good”, “All Night Long”, “A Life of Illusion” and “Ordinary Average Guy”.

As a member of the Eagles, Walsh was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, and into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2001. The Eagles are considered to be one of the most influential bands of the 1970s, and they remain one of the best-selling American bands in the history of popular music. His creative contribution to music has received praise from many of the best rock guitarists, including Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, who said, “He has a tremendous feel for the instrument. I’ve loved his style since the early James Gang.” Eric Clapton said that “He’s one of the best guitarists to surface in some time. I don’t listen to many records, but I listen to his.” The Who’s guitarist, Pete Townshend, said “Joe Walsh is a fluid and intelligent player. There’re not many like that around.”

Wednesday 11/25/2020 5am ET: Feature LP: Joe Walsh – But Seriously Folks. . . (1978)

“But Seriously, Folks…” is the fourth studio album by the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. The album was released in mid 1978, on the label Asylum. It included the satirical song “Life’s Been Good”. The original 8:04 (8:57 on CD releases with a speech at the end) album version of this track was edited down to 4:35 for single release, and this became Walsh’s biggest solo hit, peaking at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album also featured the other four members of Eagles — which Walsh had joined two years earlier — as well as singer-keyboardist Jay Ferguson, a former member of the groups Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne (who co-wrote one track on the album), drummer Joe Vitale from Walsh’s former band Barnstorm, and bassist Willie Weeks.

1. “Over and Over” 4:53
2. “Second Hand Store” 3:35
3. “Indian Summer” 3:03
4. “At the Station” 5:08
5. “Tomorrow” 3:39
6. “Inner Tube” 1:25
7. “Theme from Boat Weirdos” 4:43
8. “Life’s Been Good” 8:56

Joe Walsh – vocals, guitars, synthesizer
Joe Vitale – drums, percussion, synthesizer, flute, backing vocals
Jay Ferguson – keyboards
Willie Weeks – bass
Joey Murcia – 2nd guitar

Monday 11/2/2020 12am ET: Feature LP: Joe Walsh – The Confessor (1985)

The Confessor is the seventh studio album by the American hard rock singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. The album was released in mid 1985, on the labels Warner Bros. Records, and Full Moon Records. The album was produced by Grammy Award winning producer and sound engineer Keith Olsen as well as Walsh himself. The album peaked at number 65 on the Billboard 200.

1. “Problems” 3:55
2. “I Broke My Leg” 3:12
3. “Bubbles” 3:33
4. “Slow Dancing” 4:22
5. “15 Years” 3:52
6. “The Confessor” 7:06
7. “Rosewood Bitters” 3:29
8. “Good Man Down” 4:14
9. “Dear John” 2:40

Joe Walsh – Lead vocals, Lead guitar, Synthesizer, Bass guitar, Talk box

Waddy Wachtel – Guitar
Mark Andes – Bass guitar
Mike Porcaro – Bass guitar
David Margen – Bass guitar
Dennis Bellfield – Bass guitar
Rick Rosas – Bass guitar
Denny Carmassi – Drums
Jim Keltner – Drums
Rick Marotta – Drums
Jeff Porcaro – Drums
Chet McCracken – Drums
Randy Newman – Keyboards
Alan Pasqua – Keyboards
Jerry Peterson – Saxophone
Earl Lon Price – Tenor Saxophone
Kenneth Tussing – Trombone
Timothy B. Schmit – Backing vocals

Saturday 12am ET: Feature LP: Joe Walsh’s Greatest Hits – Little Did He Know… (1997)

Joe Walsh’s Greatest Hits – Little Did He Know… is a compilation released by guitarist Joe Walsh. It contains his best-known solo songs as well as those he recorded with the James Gang and Barnstorm, but it does not contain material he released as a member of the Eagles. The remastered reissue of the compilation Joe Walsh: The Definitive Collection (2006) has the same cover art except for differing text above the photo and no text below the photo.

1. “Funk #49” 3:55
2. “Tend My Garden” 5:32
3. “The Bomber” 7:02
4. “Walk Away” 3:34
5. “Midnight Man” 3:28
6. “Mother Says” 5:57
7. “Turn to Stone” 5:16
8. “Meadows” 4:36
9. “Rocky Mountain Way” 5:15
10. “Help Me Thru the Night” 3:37
11. “Life’s Been Good” 8:04
12. “All Night Long” 3:32
13. “The Confessor” 7:02
14. “A Life of Illusion” 3:30
15. “Ordinary Average Guy” 5:11

Thursday 6pm: Across The Tracks: Featuring – One (Part 5)

This installment of Across The Tracks feature tune with “ONE” in the title.  We’ll feature music from Joe Walsh, War, Cher, Nelson, Stevie Nicks, Monroe, Santana, Ed Sheeran, Black Keys, Midnight Oil, Shirelles and much more across the tracks and genres.