Joe Walsh The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get LP

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Joe Walsh The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get Vinyl LP Album Like New Mint

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ABC Records DSX-S 140A DSX-S 140B

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The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get Joe Walsh Vinyl LP Like New Mint

The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get, Joe Walsh's second solo studio album, continues the heavy and light rock mix of tracks found on his previous release, Barnstorm. Indeed, the opening two tracks bear this out. The first, perhaps Walsh's most recognized track, "Rocky Mountain Way," comes replete with overly distorted guitars and the obligatory solo. The next song, "Book Ends," is a tuneful ode to happy memories. Walsh's ability to swing wildly from one end of the rock scale to the other is unparalleled and makes for an album to suit many tastes. Joe Vitale (drums, flute, backing vocals, keyboards, and synthesizers – a talented man) and Kenny Passarelli (bass and backing vocals) are once again employed, and once again prove themselves adept at handling Walsh's various styles. The album sees an addition to the backing band in the form of Rocke Grace on keyboards and vocals. The legendary Bill Szymczyk works along with Walsh to handle the production, and takes care of the mixing. Szymczyk's work on this area is, as always, astounding. The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get features some of the most remembered Joe Walsh tracks, but it's not just these that make the album a success. Each of the nine tracks is a song to be proud of. This is a superb album by anyone's standards.


1 Rocky Mountain Way Grace, Passarelli, Vitale, Walsh 5:15
2 Book Ends Vitale 2:47
3 Wolf Walsh 3:10
4 Midnight Moodies Grace 3:38
5 Happy Ways Passarelli, Zoloth 2:41
6 Meadows Walsh 4:43
7 Dreams Walsh 5:40
8 Days Gone By Vitale 5:58
9 Day Dream (Prayer) Walsh 1:55


Ronnie Alpert Engineer
Al Blazek Engineer
Venetta Fields Vocals
Rocke Grace Composer, Keyboards, Vocals
Bob Jenkins Photography
Clydie King Vocals
Joe Lala Percussion
Kenny Passarelli Bass, Vocals
Mike "Clay" Stone Engineer
Bill Szymczyk Engineer, Mixing, Producer
Joe Vitale Composer, Drums, Flute, Keyboards
Jimmy Wachtel Design
Joe Walsh Producer


1973 Rocky Mountain Way The Billboard Hot 100 #23
1973 The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get The Billboard 200 #6
1974 Meadows The Billboard Hot 100 #89

From his early hits with the James Gang through to his tenure with the Eagles -- as well as a successful solo career -- Joe Walsh remained one of the most colorful characters in rock & roll, lending his distinctively reedy vocals, off-the-wall lyrics, and expansive guitar leads to a series of AOR staples including "Funk #49," "Rocky Mountain Way," and "Life's Been Good." Born November 20, 1947 in Wichita, KS, Walsh initially studied the oboe and clarinet, later playing bass in local bands the G-Clefs and the Nomads; while attending Kent State University, he finally picked up the guitar, fronting the collegiate combo the Measles from 1965 to 1969. He then joined the Cleveland-based hard rock trio the James Gang, appearing on their debut LP Yer' Album. The trio's 1970 album, The James Gang Rides Again, proved the group's commercial breakthrough, launching the FM radio favorite "Funk #49" and achieving gold status. While the follow-up, Thirds, was another success, yielding the classic "Walk Away," Walsh found the James Gang's power-trio format too confining and left the group soon after.

After relocating to Colorado, Walsh formed a new group, Barnstorm, recorded a self-titled 1972 LP before making his proper solo debut the following year with The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get. The record cracked the Top Ten on the strength of the pop hit "Rocky Mountain Way" and was followed in 1974 by So What. In the wake of 1976's You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind, Walsh replaced guit...