So What (Joe Walsh album)

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So What
Studio album by Joe Walsh
Released 14 December 1974
Recorded December 1973–March, 1974
Genre Rock, hard rock, country rock, pop rock, blues rock
Length 35:57
Label ABC-Dunhill
Producer Joe Walsh, John Stronach, Bill Szymczyk
Joe Walsh chronology
The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get
(1973)
So What
(1974)
You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind
(1976)

So What is the third solo studio album by the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. It was released in late 1974 on ABC-Dunhill Records. It contains hard rock songs such as "Welcome To The Club" and a remake of the Barnstorm track, "Turn To Stone". It also contains more introspective material such as "Help Me Through the Night" and "Song For Emma", a tribute to Walsh's daughter who had been killed in a car accident the previous year.[1] On a few tracks, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Randy Meisner of the Eagles contributed backing vocals. Over a year and a half later, Walsh would be drafted into the Eagles to replace founding member Bernie Leadon, playing on their best-selling studio album Hotel California. The album was re-issued five years later by MCA Records in 1979.

Production and recording[edit]

Two months before the release of the album, Walsh was asked about the album, and he said "I know this album's going to be an important one for me, but it's not easy to just crank them out anymore, I've got, what, six or seven albums out. I don't want the next album to sound like a bunch of outtakes from [The] Smoker [You Drink, the Player You Get]. I want it to be the difference between [ The Beatles albums] Revolver and Sgt. Pepper['s Lonely Hearts Club Band]. I've held back [the album's release] until that development was there, even though the record company's been screaming for it. I want it to be a big, big step… in thoughts, vocals, playing and maturity."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [3]
Robert Christgau C+[4]

Writing for AllMusic, critic Ben Davies wrote of the album "A number of classic Walsh tracks are featured, including a more polished version of "Turn to Stone," originally featured on his debut album, Barnstorm, in a somewhat more riotous style... Most of the nine tracks feature solos of unquestionable quality in his usual rock style. The classic rock genre that the man so well defined with his earlier albums is present here throughout, and it is pulled off with the usual unparalleled Joe Walsh ability."[3]

2011 reissue[edit]

On 29 December 2011 the original mix of the album was reissued in Japan in a miniature replica of the original album artwork. The album was remastered using Direct Stream Digital (DSD) to transfer the digital files. The release was a limited edition in the SHM-CD format. The reissue included a picture of the original vinyl label.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Joe Walsh, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Welcome to the Club"   5:14
2. "Falling Down" (Walsh, Don Henley) 4:56
3. "Pavanne for the Sleeping Beauty" (Maurice Ravel) 1:56
4. "Time Out" (Walsh, Terry Trebandt) 4:28
5. "All Night Laundry Mat Blues"   0:58
6. "Turn to Stone" (Walsh, Terry Trebandt) 3:47
7. "Help Me Through the Night"   3:35
8. "County Fair"   6:43
9. "Song for Emma"   4:20
Total length:
35:57

Track listing and times for cassette tape DSC-50171[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Length
1. "Welcome to the Club"   5:01
2. "Turn to Stone"   3:45
3. "Falling Down" (Walsh, Don Henley) 4:49
4. "Time Out" (Terry Trebandt, Walsh) 4:06
Side 2
No. Title Length
1. "All Night Laundry Mat Blues"   1:02
2. "Help Me Through the Night"   3:35
3. "Song for Emma"   4:20
4. "Pavanne for the Sleeping Beauty" (Maurice Ravel) 2:03
5. "County Fair"   6:41

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position RIAA
1975 Billboard Pop Albums 11 Gold

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1975 "Turn To Stone" Pop Singles 93

Certifications[edit]

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