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Ordinary Average Guy Import

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  • Audio CD (23 April 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony/Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000027KI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Yet again JW has his finger on the pulse. helped out by Joe Vitale who even sings on 'school days' this finds the band in fine form pleading with us We really are just ordinary average guys! that some times record music. You never see plumber's servicing a boiler in the mall with a cap on the ground beggin for your lose change, so why hussle a guy you reconize who played guitar on some album you own, I get his point!!anyway songs one and two bring out the JW clever lyric parts again on tracks four five and six brilliant I recommend this to all!
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GG.....you're obviously a big Joe Walsh fan! "OAG" is not one of our Joe's better-known titles, but it's a very creditable effort from the early nineties. Not all the album comes out of the top drawer, but there are plenty of pleasing moments.

It's almost an album of two halves, quite honestly. The first few tracks set the listener up for a distinctly ordinary, average recording. But things immediately get very good on "All Of A Sudden", which harks back to JW's golden days. Likewise with the whole of the second side of the LP. ("Look At Us Now" and onwards, on the cd.) He does a good interpretation of "You Might Need Somebody" (unrecognisable from the Randy Crawford hit), and the "Prelude"/"School Days" closer is very satisfying, even if the guitar solo is a bit "Joe Walsh-by numbers" in style.

All in all, this must have been a welcome return to form after Joe's relatively lacklustre output of the eighties.
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FAST DELIVERY.... JOES THE GUY.... WHAT'S TO SAY???? THANKS...
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HASH(0xa3d12300) out of 5 stars Not Typical, But Good 14 July 2003
By Randy Given - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This may not be your "typical" Joe Walsh, if you are more familiar with his earlier solo efforts or his work with the Eagles. However, I think his own personality really shows in this album.
Many of the songs highlight his emotions of mid-life transition, so it is equally impactful for those of us going through those same feelings. When an artist puts his emotions into the music, that is what really draws me in. Putting intellect into it is helpful, but not as crucial for me. This album has a good mix of both.
Make sure to listen to "You Might Need Somebody" and "All of a Sudden". The album became popular with "Ordinary Average Guy" and some for "Gamma Goochee" and "Two Sides to Every Story". My all-time favorite Joe Walsh song is "Pretty Maids in a Row" (from "Hotel California" with the Eagles), but this album has a good mix of his own moods and the Eagles.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3bb4e10) out of 5 stars Joe Walsh - Ordinary Average Album 17 Jun. 2008
By Steven Sly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have a lot of Joe's 70's and 80's albums on vinyl, but not a lot on CD. "Average Guy" was a bit of a comeback for Walsh. After having significant success as both a solo artist and as a member of The Eagles and James Gang, Walsh's star had fallen in the late 80's to the point where his albums rarely received any airplay and his sales fell flat. So it was a bit of a surprise when this one came out and suddenly the title track was all over AOR radio. Unfortunately the album itself is one of Joe's weakest in my opinion. This is one of those rare albums where I think the single is actually the best song on the album. The song "Ordinary Average Guy" pretty much features everything his fans love about him and deserved to be the hit that it was. The opening track "Two Sides To Every Story" is another winner, but after these two things slide down hill pretty quick. "Gamma Goochee" and "Alphabetical Order" are downright terrible. I guess he was going for a laugh on these, but it does not work. Really of the rest of the tracks the only ones I like are "All Of A Sudden" and "Where I Grew Up". I'll give this album a weak 3 stars, but Walsh has done much better.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4b39048) out of 5 stars A Worthy Album 21 Oct. 2005
By Kevin R. Lovelace - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When this album came out in 1991, I didn't think much of it. As with most Joe Walsh albums, it had its moments, but in the end it somehow fell flat. Through the years it was largely lost amid my CD collection.

Well, it's amazing what time can do to your perspective. I just loaded the CD into my iPod, and gave each of the tunes a spin as I was doing so. Not only has this album aged well, most of the songs on the album were immediately recognizable to me. That's quite a feat for an album that I initially considered a disappointment, and it probably says more about the album than any review could.

If you like Joe Walsh (and by that I mean that you like the artist, and not just the big hits), then you will like this album. I cherry pick favorite songs from weak albums when I put certain artists on my iPod. This album was loaded onto my iPod in its entirety.
HASH(0xa3d1e744) out of 5 stars Easily Joe's worst album 8 July 2015
By Bice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm a big Joe Walsh fan - I liked him with the James Gang, I liked him with the Eagles and I enjoy all his solo albums...except this one. I'm not sure what happened here, but this one was an almost total dud. Even "Got Any Gum" which went straight into the bargain bins was a lot better than this album. Recently I put together a playlist of my favorite Walsh songs, and it ended up being over 45 tracks long. Only two came from this album - "School Days", and "Ordinary Average Guy". And the only reason I included the latter was because it was a fairly big hit for Joe.

Do yourself a favor and skip this one - pick up "Songs For A Dying Planet" or his new(ish) one "Analog Man" if you want some good latter-day Walsh.
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HASH(0xa3e60048) out of 5 stars The "funny "eagle(s) member does it on this one 27 Mar. 2006
By Kurt Olav Helle - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I`ve seen Joe Walsh live on Eagles Hell Freezez over tour back in 1996 in Norway. And man Joe Walsh has an extra quality touch on every thing he put`s his mark on too. This CD is not any exception. Track 1 Two sides to every story starts with a harmonica and a big heeey shout from Walsh and there you go. The rythm is cool, and the laidback quality "growl" singing from Walsh is great. Track 2 Ordinary average guy, is one of the realy funny one, on this CD. It`s a great homage to us average guys out there. It has a reagge rythm and also a certain "coolnees" which makes this something else to listen to. Track 3 The Gamma Goochee, is a minor let down. It`s like a children rhyme song. It`s fun in a way, and has a funky back beat, but sometimes it can be overkilled in a way. Track 4 All of a sudden is anyway a great ballad, where the creative use of fuzzy guitar sound, and an open airy sound picture lift`s this one up to a just great song. Track 5 Alphabetical order is a messy not to interesting song to lend you ear to. Forgetable. Track 6 Look at us now, with it`s jungle rythm drums, is studio extragavanza music, which realy has the force to bring out quality in every musical/vocal department. Track 7. I`m actin different, is an ordinary song which glimmers quality here and there. Average. Track 8 Up all night is anyway a winner, where Joe Walsh change his voice in a sentimental great way. A certain touch of synth quality plays lifts this one above average. Track 9 You might need somebody is even better with it`s airy soundpicture. This is a very quality pop song, which shines from beginíng to the end. Track 10 Where i grew up, is a sentimental prelude to track 11 School days. These are two songs bound together where the last one changes gear into a more light heavy metal mood song. All in all Joe Walsh "the funny" eagles "does it " most of the time on this one.
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