- Audio Cassette (6 July 1987)
- Label: Uni/Mca
- ASIN: B000002NZ8
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
Smoker You Drink the Player Yo [CASSETTE]
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But I'm so glad that I bought this because `seriously accomplished transfer' jumps to mind. I'm properly blown away - I really am. But to the voice-box details first...
Original Produced by Joe Walsh and BILL SZYMCZYK - the musicians were:
JOE WALSH - Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals, Keyboard and Synthesiser
JOE VITALE - Drums, Flute, Vocals, Keyboards & Synthesiser
ROCKE GRACE - Keyboards and Vocals
KENNY PASSARELLI - Bass and Vocals
JOE LALA - Percussion
CLYDIE KING and VENETTA FIELDS - Backing Vocals
1. Rocky Mountain Way
2. Book Ends
4. Midnight Moodies
5. Happy Ways
6. Meadows [Side 2]
8. Days Gone By
9. Daydream (Prayer)
His second solo vinyl album "The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get." was originally released September 1973 in the USA on Dunhill/ABC DSX-50140 and on Probe SPBA 6275 in the UK in October 1973. This US-only 24 KT + Gold CD (HDCD encoded) on Audio Fidelity AFZ 059 (Barcode 780014205928) is a December 2009 straightforward reissue of that Seventies rock classic (36:10 minutes). Engineer and disc-cutter KEVIN GRAY (over 150 credits to his name) has remastered the original first generation tapes using AF's "analogue to digital converter" system.Read more ›
Nowadays, Mr Walsh has left behind the appearance he sported for a few years, namely short hair and rimless spectacles perched atop his big nose, but he's still a fine and respected guitarist, despite that unfortunately thin and whiny nasal voice, which seems to have become even more so with the passage of time. However, that doesn't intrude much here as he didn't overstretch himself and vocal duties are shared with other members of the band. The original transcript to CD is good enough that digital remastering is unlikely to improve it much (and the DR version costs rather a lot of money). But you never know, so if I ever saw a copy at a reasonable price, I'd probably snap it up on sight.
Buy this one along with its predecessor Barnstorm and its successor So What and you have the classic Joe Walsh trilogy. If not, Smoker in its own right is a classic of its time and genre by any measure, even if JW seems to perform Rocky Mountain Way at every possible opportunity as if it were his own composition which, it has to be said, it isn't.
In fact this and his first release the 1972 'Barnstorm', are actually the fruits of a trio including Joe, Joe Vitale and Kenny Pasarelli. Its a highly eclectic affair with a quality of musicanship and arrangements sadly missing in today's heavily marketed and largely univentive rock scene.
Those who know Joe's earlier work with the James Gang and the Barnstorm lp will know he has a lighter more melodic almost country rock side. There is evidence of this on the acoustic guitar echoes of 'wolf' and the closing (almost gospel) 'Daydream prayer'.
The real gems of the LP involve Joe's guitar with the brilliant joe vitale who as well as being a superb drummer, also plays flute and piano. His flute work alongside Joe's riffs on the instrumental 'midnight moodies' and particularly 'days gone by' are stunning.
Overall this lp as a laid back and very wistful feel and Joe's heavy chords make only an occasional impact. The best cut, 'Meadows' (continuing the frontier feel of Barnstorm)shows just how godd Joe's acoustic work can be.
This was Joe's last really good lp. 'So What' has some good moments, but this one has the consistency.
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Takes me right back to when I was first learning guitar. Cool tunes. Cool tones.Published 2 months ago by Kevin Tillyer
One of his best and overlooked in the wake of his becoming an Eagle. It's all here, from the stomping swaggering rock majesty that he is well known for, through to the much more... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr. R. J. Lewry