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As far as studio albums go, But Seriously Folks is Joe Walsh's most insightful and melodic. But Seriously Folks, released in 1978, was the album the Eagles should have made rather than the mediocre The Long Run. It captures a reflective song cycle along the same thematic lines of Pet Sounds, only for the '70s. The album's introspective outlook glides through rejuvenation ("Tomorrow," "Over and Over"), recapturing the simple pleasures of the past ("Indian Summer"), mid-career indecision ("At the Station," "Second Hand Store"), and a melancholy instrumental ("Theme From Boat Weirdos"). The disc's finale, "Life's Been Good," is a sarcastic and bittersweet ode to Walsh's "rock star-party guy" persona which reached the Top 10 on the pop charts and became a staple of FM rock radio. The only way But Seriously Folks could have been improved, was to include "In the City," essentially solo Walsh, which unfortunately ended up on The Long Run instead.
Performance CreditsJoe Walsh Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Guitar
Don Henley Background Vocals
Don Felder Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar
Jay Ferguson Keyboards
Joe Vitale Synthesizer,Flute,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Jody Boyer Background Vocals
Glenn Frey Background Vocals
Joey Murcia Guitar
Timothy B. Schmit Background Vocals
Bill Szymczyk Tambourine,Background Vocals
Willie Weeks Bass
Technical CreditsJoe Walsh Composer
Jay Ferguson Composer
Joe Vitale Composer
Glenn Frey Vocal Arrangements
Ed Mashal Engineer
Bill Szymczyk Composer,Producer,Engineer
Willie Weeks Composer
Mike Murphy Composer
Bob Wynne Graphic Design