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The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get [Gold CD]

Joe Walsh Audio CD
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Grammy Award winning rock and roll legend Joe Walsh returns with Analog Man, his first solo album in two decades to be released on June 5th, 2012 from Fantasy Records/Concord. Analog Man is both modern and timelessly soulful, packed with Walsh’s beloved wit, charm and chops; it delivers an incredibly raw and intimate sound.

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  • Audio CD (15 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Gold CD
  • Label: Audio Fidelity
  • ASIN: B002T4GYCI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 400,964 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Oh Yeah! AAGHH! AAGHH!" 17 Jan 2010
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
As a war-weary veteran of some 300+ reviews across 2 years of Amazon and Blog postings, like many music fans purchasing remastered CDs, I grow tired of record companies and their blurbs about 'meticulous transfers' and 'painstaking restoration'... So it was with a certain amount of gonad-holding trepidation that I approached the latest Audiophile reissue of one of my favourite Joe Walsh albums.

But I'm so glad that I did - because this is truly one of the most BEAUTIFUL and ACCOMPLISHED transfers of music that I've ever heard. I'm properly blown away, I really am.

But to the 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
Guests:
JOE LALA - Percussion
CLYDIE KING and VENETTA FIELDS - Backing Vocals

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 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. Without any further 'sonic manipulation', the disc is then cut in 'real time' to get the very best sound achievable.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His last great LP 3 Nov 2003
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Joe walsh is one of those artists who are well known for one of two numbers that are not entirely representative of their material. One of these tunes, Rocky Mountain Way, with its bluesy guitar licks and famous 'voice box' solo kicks off this, Joe's second offering.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 20 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
His undisputed classic, brimming with that magic combination of everything coming together ~ the compositions, the playing, the singing and the whole feel of it. Really, this album should have been credited to the Joe Walsh Band rather than just JW, as it was definitely a group effort in all respects, not least compositionally, rather than a solo project (which is probably why none of its successors has been as good). That aside, it's one of those albums with several great numbers such as Rocky Mountain Way and Meadows and that ingredient X ~ atmosphere. A must have ~ if you were around in 1973, of course.

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 copsts 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joe goes on 9 July 2014
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A very pleasant album and worth collecting if you don't have it already.
I first saw Joe with the James Gang supporting the Who in Liverpool around 1969 and was stunned at his ability. If you want all out guitar then this isn't it. This is a fine collection of beautifully crafted tunes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it.
Published 6 days ago by K T Carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I remember sunny afternoons in the seventies, while this was on national FM.
Published 12 days ago by Pepe00
4.0 out of 5 stars eagles fans only
just get a collection of all joes work in the james gang solo eagles and listen to a unique sublime talent ,without joe in 77 the eagles would have ended.Charisma? Read more
Published 4 months ago by bigt
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my husband
Bought for my husband, his choice, not my type of music but he loves it so my job is done!!
Published 9 months ago by Elizabeth Horton
5.0 out of 5 stars SO good
Great mix of tracks (this was, of course, a collaboration) If you're fifty something, you've got to get this as it has stood the test of time
Published 11 months ago by Johnthecrash
3.0 out of 5 stars Showing its age ...
An album that I meant to buy when it was first released and have never got round to doing so until now. Almost wish I hadn't bothered. My life would not be incomplete without it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Chris Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars The More you Play The Happier You Get
Like one of the other reviewers, I bought this when it first came out in the 70's, on plastic then tape, (for the car). The C.D. is just as fresh now as then, fantastic sound. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. M. P. Dibley
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Joe
I bought the LP back in the 1970's and loved it then and love it now. Classic layed back rock.
Published 18 months ago by Rever
5.0 out of 5 stars nice old album
This was an album I listened to a lot in the early-mid 70s, while a student. Very good mix from heavy Rocky Mountain Way, to much lighter, latin feel songs. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2012 by Chris Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure classic Joe Walsh - excellent album - at his prime.
If you like the Eagles, you will like this. If you like Joe Walsh,you will like this. If you like good atmospheric enjoyable music. You will like this. Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by P. D. Fox
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