Analog Man (album)

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Analog Man
Studio album by Joe Walsh
Released 5 June 2012 (2012-06-05)
Genre Rock, hard rock, country rock, soft rock
Length 36:32
47:00 (Deluxe Edition)
Label Fantasy
Producer Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, Tim Armstrong
Joe Walsh chronology
Joe Walsh's Greatest Hits – Little Did He Know...
(1997)
Analog Man
(2012)
All Night Long: Live in Dallas
(2014)
Singles from Analog Man
  1. "Analog Man"
    Released: April 24, 2012[1]
  2. "Lucky That Way"
    Released: May 15, 2012[2]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 57/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Country Weekly 3/5 stars[5]
Drowned in Sound 6/10[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
American Songwriter 2.5/5 stars[8]

Analog Man is the eleventh (and, to date, last) studio solo album by Joe Walsh, the guitarist for the Eagles. The album was released in mid 2012 on Fantasy in the United States and the United Kingdom, It is his first studio solo album to be released since 1992's Songs for a Dying Planet, 20 years prior. The album features 10 new songs, and was co-produced by Jeff Lynne. The album also features contributions from the former Beatles drummer, Ringo Starr, the former Barnstorm members, Kenny Passarelli and Joe Vitale, former James Gang members, Jim Fox and Dale Peters, and also a duet with the infamous rock and roll legend, Little Richard.

The album was received positively by the majority of music critics, and it was also commercial success peaking at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart, as well as No. 4 on the top rock albums chart.

Production and recording[edit]

After touring with the Eagles and struggling with alcohol and drug addictions for many years, Walsh decided that it was time to record a new album while being supported by his wife, Marjorie Bach (sister of Ringo Starr's wife, Barbara) to pursue making the album, she also gave Walsh, Jeff Lynne's contact number.[9] When Walsh was asked about his collaboration with co-producer Jeff Lynne, he said "Jeff and I met socially, and at one point he said, "Why don't you bring your tracks over sometime and we'll have a listen." That led to some comments and ideas that he had. Gradually, we worked on some stuff and checked out some of his stuff too. It ended up that he really helped me finish it up and ended up producing. He really put his stamp on my music and took it in a direction I never would have gone, and I'm really grateful to him."[10]

Critical reception[edit]

The album has consistently been praised by rock critics. Reviewing the album in Rolling Stone, critic Jon Dolan wrote of the album "life's clearly been pretty good to Walsh: He's sober ("One Day at a Time"), loves his family ("Family") and still has good command of his guitar chops (check out "Funk 50," a reinvention of the James Gang's 1970 killer "Funk #49," complete with new, carefree lyrics)."[11]

Reviewing for AllMusic, critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote of the album "apart from the odd lyrical reference to an iPod or Walsh's ongoing recovery, Analog Man sounds like it could have come out in 1992 and that's all due to Lynne, a man who makes a record in one particular way: crisp, clean, hook-laden, and sequenced so tightly there's no room to breathe."[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Joe Walsh, except as noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Analog Man" (Joe Walsh, Drew Hester, Gannin Arnold) 4:02
2. "Wrecking Ball" (Walsh, Tommy Lee James) 3:45
3. "Lucky That Way" (Walsh, James) 4:14
4. "Spanish Dancer"   3:49
5. "Band Played On" (Walsh, James) 4:03
6. "Family" (Walsh, James) 4:21
7. "One Day at a Time"   3:18
8. "Hi-Roller Baby" (Tim Armstrong) 3:18
9. "Funk 50"   1:57
10. "India"   3:44
11. "Fishbone"   3:48
12. "But I Try" (Walsh, Jim Fox, Richard Penniman, Dale Peters) 6:40

Personnel[edit]

  • Joe Walsh – Guitars, vocals, bass guitar (track 10), drums (track 10), piano (track 6)
  • Jeff Lynne – Drums, bass, keyboard, guitars, backing vocals
  • Steve Jay – Percussion
  • Bruce Sugar – Percussion, programming
  • Ringo Starr – Drums (tracks 3, 5)
  • Rick Rosas – Bass guitar (track 3)
  • Kenny Passarelli – Bass guitar (track 5)
  • Joe Vitale – Keyboards, sitar (track track 5)
  • Greg Leisz – Pedal steel guitar (track 3)
  • Jay Dee Maness – Pedal steel guitar (track 3)
  • Tommy Lee James – Backing vocals
  • Graham Nash - Backing vocals (Track 6)
  • David Crosby – Backing vocals (Track 6)
  • Richard Davis – Synthesizer, programming (6)
  • Tim Armstrong – guitar (track 8)
  • Little Richard – Lead vocals (track 12), piano
  • Dale Peters – bass (track 12)
  • Jim Fox – drums, background vocals (track 12)

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh, Tim Armstrong
  • Engineers and mixing: Steve Jay, Bruce Sugar, John Morrical, Jeff Lynne, Ken Hammon
  • Mastering: Howie Weinberg & Dan Gerbarg
  • Art direction: Jeri Heiden/Smog Design, Inc.
  • Package design & Background photography: Ryan Corey/Smog Design, Inc.
  • Management: Irving Azoff, Azoff Management, Los Angeles, CA

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Analog Man - Single". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  2. ^ "Lucky The Way - Single". itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  3. ^ "Analog Man review". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Analog Man". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  5. ^ Morley, Steve (July 2, 2012). "Analog Man by Joe Walsh". Country Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  6. ^ Lucas, Dan (June 13, 2012). "Joe Walsh – Analog Man". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2012-11-16. 
  7. ^ Dolan, Jon (June 5, 2012). "Analog Man". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  8. ^ Horowitz, Hal (June 6, 2012). "Joe Walsh: Analog Man". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  9. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/q-a-joe-walsh-on-his-new-lp-eagles-and-james-gang-plans-20120522#ixzz1vtrnenSm
  10. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ragogna/emanalog-manem-a-conversa_b_1538116.html
  11. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/analog-man-20120605
  12. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/analog-man-mw0002343771