The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get

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All Music Guide - Ben Davies
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Ben Davies
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 076731112121
  • Catalog Number: 31121
  • Sales rank: 20,240

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rocky Mountain Way (5:15)
  2. 2 Book Ends (2:47)
  3. 3 Wolf (3:10)
  4. 4 Midnight Moodies (3:38)
  5. 5 Happy Ways (2:41)
  6. 6 Meadows (4:43)
  7. 7 Dreams (5:40)
  8. 8 Days Gone By (5:58)
  9. 9 Day Dream (Prayer) (1:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Walsh Primary Artist
Clydie King Vocals
Joe Vitale Flute, Drums, Keyboards
Kenny Passarelli Bass, Vocals
Venetta Fields Vocals
Rocke Grace Keyboards, Vocals
Joe Lala Percussion
Technical Credits
Joe Walsh Producer
Joe Vitale Composer
Al Blazek Engineer
Rocke Grace Composer
Mike "Clay" Stone Engineer
Bill Szymczyk Producer, Engineer
Ronnie Alpert Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Joe Walsh's Best Solo Album

    THE SMOKER YOU DRINK, THE PLAYER YOU GET is the best solo album by Joe Walsh. From the hard-rocking shuffle of the opening cut, "Rocky Mountain Way", to the quiet nostalgia of "Book Ends", this CD runs the gamut of Walsh's musical personalities. If you like his work with the James Gang and the Eagles, you'll love this CD.

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