Joe M. (Jmart) from JOHNSON CITY, TN Reviewed on 4/8/2007...
You cant argue with the liner notes
G. E. Bobel | Indianapolis, Indiana United States | 05/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"..., this is a outstanding live recording of Walsh material... it's not going to (supposed to) sound like studio versions of the same material. And remember, this was released in 1976, no digital enhancement devices here (just listen to the amp buzz during Vitale's flute solo on Turn to Stone).
For me this recording is about the soul the musicians put into the performance! Every time I listen I can see Walsh step back from the mic, drop his head and rip it up on Walk Away. And Rocky Mountain Way is given a keyboard treatment that shows the song for the fine, fine blues statement that it is. Put on a pair of headphones and really listen to the organ and piano that drives the underlying rhythm line. You absolutly will be moving every part of your body with a Ray Charles sway and bounce!
As for the personnel, here's the straight poop as read from the original release vinyl album (yes I still own it and play it almost 30 years later, so much for the theory that vinyl [stinks]). Anyway as listed on the back of the inside, cardboard dust jacket, not the back of the album cover, the credits include: Willie Weeks,Bass; Joe Vitale,Drums (he doesn't get credit for the flute solo, but it's him); Andy Newmark,Drums; Don Felder(joined the Eagles in'74), Guitar; Joe Walsh,Guitar; Rocky Dzidzonru,percussion; Jay Ferguson,keyboards; David Mason, keyboards. Vocals on "Help Me Through the Night" by Glenn Frey, Don Henly, Don Felder and Joe Walsh.
Buy this CD, fire it up (as the man said LOUD) and you just may find yourself taping up the door, jammin' a damp towel at it's base, and put'en a fan in the window... blowing out!
Whoever said "You can't go home again", may have been right, but for us 45 year olds, this CD might at least get you back to college...
Whatever you do, Don't "Just turn your pretty head and Walk Away"!"
A nice concert souvenir
Docendo Discimus | Vita scholae | 05/04/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Not too used to seeing a six-track CD, are you? Well, Joe could've certainly have found room for one or two more songs, but this album is from the age of the LP, after all, and three of these six songs are over seven minutes long. The sound on this live album is very good, and Joe Walsh plays with energy and conviction. He is in good form vocally as well, and he lays down a great, bluesy solo on "Meadows" and plays searing slide guitar on "Rocky Mountain Way".
The songs flow smoothly, starting off with a powerful "Walk Away", and closing with a majestic, eight-minute rendition of the epic "Turn To Stone". And in between you'll find a great lesser-known song, the rocking "Time Out.
This fine live recording has lots of feeling, great sound, great songs, and it is a worthy addition to any Joe Walsh-collection, even if you're not an ardent fan and perhaps only own a compilation or two, or maybe a couple of his solo albums."
The rather you drink, the liver you harm
Gavin Wilson | 04/18/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This short live album marked the end of the Barnstorm era, just before Walsh got absorbed into the Eagles. I've bought this twice on CD in a pairing with 'The Smoker You Drink ...' -- once in a double CD pack, and the second time squeezed onto the same physical disc, because it's well under 35 minutes long.In 1975, Walsh went on tour with a band containing, among many, two drummers (Joe Vitale and Andy Newmark), a second guitarist, and Jay Ferguson on keyboards. They must have given some fantastic concerts, and I just wonder what happened to all the rest of the material. Why did Walsh decide to release a single live LP, rather than the double, or even triple LP, that was more the norm for those days?As other reviewers ave remarked, these live recordings stripped the studio versions of much of their subtlety and clarity. 'Walk Away' is a rip-roaring start, and perhaps a new tune for those unfamiliar with Joe's pre-Barnstorm days. 'Rocky Mountain Way' was hugely disappointing, but it features an enhanced solo on the voicebox gizmo that Walsh introduced Pete Frampton to for 'Show Me the Way' on 'Frampton Comes Alive!'.For me, the highlights are the new arrangements on 'Meadows' and 'Turn to Stone'. 'Meadows' shares the same riff as Deep Purple's 'My Woman From Tokyo', but for this concert version, Joe ends with a powerful instrumental that is anthemic in a similar vein to 'Freebird' and 'Stairway to Heaven'. It shows Joe at his best, and should have been sited at the end of the album. 'Turn to Stone' has a pleasant synth intro, somewhat reminiscent of the Gary Wright 'Dream Weaver' album, but I've never been able to understand why Joe did three versions of the tune in the space of four albums. This version contains a flute solo from the much underrated Vitale, creator of the classic LP 'Roller Coaster Weekend'.Overall, not quite as good as 'The Smoker You Drink', but it should be much enjoyed by anyone who only knows Walsh in his Eagles persona."
MPQ | San Diego, Ca. United States | 01/01/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw Walsh on this tour and on the one following it, shortly before he joined The Eagles. In no way were The Eagles his backing band. They were busy with their own career at the time. Besides, no way could they smoke like this band! Mr. Bobel is correct in his listing of the backing band. This disc is Walsh in his prime. Though short in length, the band and in particular, Walsh's guitar work, are superb.If you can pick it up,it's worth it!"
You must be joking......
Music Professor | UC Berkeley, CA | 02/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Totally outstanding and thoroughly entertaining live album, especially while driving. Crank the opening tune and get ready to party! Totally captures the mid 1970's stuff us white kids were listening to at the time. I couldn't love this album more. It takes me right back to 1976, the year I graduated from high-school. Dazed and Confused all the way baby.
Although somewhat short, it's not a problem and is actually just another thing that makes the album great, and it's worth every penny. It is a very uniquely recorded live album as well, with excellent sound quality and the live audience sounds down-played. This album is a real sleeper in the world of 70's rock and only a few of us were lucky enough to score it.
Walsh is priceless, a true gem in the world of rock, with a wonderfully unique often self-deprecating and wry sense of humor. His album titles tell the whole story. Check his background out. A top musician and song writer in his own right, you will also find among many other things that he was involved with a vast and eclectic mix of musicians and bands who he produced some truly wonderful music with. Look closely at the closing scene in The Blues Brothers movie and you might see him dancing on a table. And remember, Walsh is responsible for laying down one of the most memorable guitar solos of all time in the song Hotel California by The Eagles.
Over and out (the Professor recommends: "I Need A Man To Love" off the Cheap Thrills album."