Never liked the Eagles but always seemed to enjoy whatever Joe Walsh songs I heard, so yesterday I had my machine randomly play stuff by the James Gang, and at least several songs in a row they were all good! Yeah, lotta butt rock, but (butt) there was a lot of pretty sorta psychedelic acoustic stuff in there, too, if memory serves.
― Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 23 May 2020 13:59 (one month ago) link
yeah his slow stuff/balladry is great, as good as his rockers imo
― brimstead, Saturday, 23 May 2020 17:37 (one month ago) link
Joe Walsh is definitely a Zelig/Forrest Gump character in rock and roll. I think the local schlub from Cleveland makes good and somehow ends up brother-in-law to a Beatle.
Walsh was one of the early adopters of using synths. There are a couple tracks on Barnstorm and his early records where he gets into some Floyd Not Floyd tunes, especially the track "Giant Bohemoth".
I liked his music as a kid and he is one of my favorites of those early 70s rockers, although his records get spottier as they go on.
As posted above, if you don't know "The Confessor", it is pretty spacy psych for early 80s and then rocks some serious mullet once it kicks in. I was obsessed with that tune as a teenager.
"Song for Emma" is a really sad song as the guy went through some serious tragedy as his 3 year old daughter got killed in a car wreck with his girlfriend by a drunk drive.
― earlnash, Saturday, 23 May 2020 23:40 (one month ago) link
“giant behemoth” is THE SHIT. Spaced out. I made a long edit of the soft weepy beepy ambient synth vapor at the end
― brimstead, Sunday, 24 May 2020 06:22 (one month ago) link
the other thing it reminds me of is the desolate “no means to live” by traffic
― brimstead, Sunday, 24 May 2020 06:23 (one month ago) link
I go to parties sometimes until fourIt’s hard to leave when you can’t find the door otm
― calstars, Monday, 25 May 2020 21:55 (one month ago) link
I'm not really an Eagles fan, but Walsh clearly brought a lot to the band when the handful of tracks I do like are pretty much made by his guitar work.
"Look What I Did!: The Joe Walsh Anthology" is close to a solid collection. Material gets a little dodgy when you get to the '80s, but considering the absence of any highlights from his Eagles work, the 2+ hours of top-drawer material is still very impressive.
― birdistheword, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:08 (one month ago) link
So many major guitar players have stories about being gifted some rare or special guitar by Joe Walsh.
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:14 (one month ago) link
There's a tale of a particular Les Paul that Johnny Marr used live a lot that he got from Pete Townshend who got from Joe Walsh. Apparently Noel Gallagher currently owns it.
― Josh in Chicago, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:16 (one month ago) link
I saw Joe Walsh once by accident in a surprising situation and he totally won me over. More later.
― Trouble Is My Métier (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:30 (one month ago) link
xp I pity that Les Paul, suffering a continual ownership downgrade over the years (j/k, lol).
― Charging for Brewskis™ (morrisp), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:31 (one month ago) link
Joe Walsh's twitter feed is an amalgamation of "people who have figured out how to live" and "unlikeliest celebrity photos."This is true. Thanks.
― Trouble Is My Métier (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 18:36 (one month ago) link
― calstars, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 19:49 (one month ago) link
It is not the best quality video or audio, but I thought Joe Walsh's set at the US Festival 1983 was pretty good. I like the horn setup and 2 backing vocalist setup, as since Joe doesn't also add a second guitarist of a keyboard player, there is some room to use the arrangements. The proto-Miami Vice version of 'Life in the Fast Lane' is cool to hear Joe do the verses and the backing singers the chorus. Throwing in the Dylan nugget 'Rainy Day Women #12 & 35' between 'Rocky Mountain Way' and 'Lifes Been Good' is fun.
― earlnash, Sunday, 28 June 2020 01:44 (two weeks ago) link
^i was just watching that earlier today
― calstars, Sunday, 28 June 2020 02:24 (two weeks ago) link
I recently heard his first solo album Barnstorm and what a great record, blown away!way psychedelic folk rock in places, very strange album
― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 28 June 2020 02:50 (two weeks ago) link
yeah, beautiful record
― brimstead, Sunday, 28 June 2020 06:02 (two weeks ago) link
I don't listen to his solo stuff much at all but was listening to James Gang Rides Again yesterday and it rules.
― but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 28 June 2020 13:27 (two weeks ago) link
yeah every time i put that one on, i thank ILX for tuning me into James Gang. i should dig into Barnstorm!
― Doctor Casino, Sunday, 28 June 2020 18:15 (two weeks ago) link
A lot of Barnstorm is not what you think it's going to be
― Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Sunday, 28 June 2020 18:53 (two weeks ago) link