Songs for a Dying Planet

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Songs for a Dying Planet
Studio album by Joe Walsh
Released May, 1992
Recorded During February–May 1992 at Reflection Sound Studio, Charlotte, North Carolina and Kiva West Studio, Los Angeles
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 48:38
Label Epic
Producer Bill Szymczyk, Joe Vitale
Joe Walsh chronology
Ordinary Average Guy
(1991)
Songs for a Dying Planet
(1992)
A Future to This Life: Robocop - The Series Soundtrack
(1995)

Songs for a Dying Planet is the tenth solo studio album by the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. It was released in mid 1992, on the label Epic. Keen to re-establish himself after his ill-received 1991 album, Ordinary Average Guy, Walsh enlisted his former producer Bill Szymczyk. At the end of the track, "Certain Situations" you can hear a Morse code message that says "Register and vote for me."[1]

The album was received negatively by the majority of music critics and It was also a commercial disappointment, missing the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic, which called an end to Walsh's solo career for 20 years before he released another solo album in 2012 called Analog Man. The song Vote for Me however was a minor success, peaking at number 10 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly F [3]

Reviewing for AllMusic, critic Vincent Jeffries wrote that the album "fulfills [those] expectations to a degree, but the songwriter's weakened comedic instincts and extreme sincerity make Songs for a Dying Planet a difficult recommendation."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Joe Walsh except where otherwise indicated.

No. Title Length
1. "Shut Up"   3:19
2. "Fairbanks Alaska"   3:27
3. "Coyote Love" (Joe Vitale, Walsh) 4:43
4. "I Know"   1:45
5. "Certain Situations"   4:34
6. "Vote for Me" (Vitale, Walsh) 4:21
7. "Theme from Baroque Weirdos" (Bill Szymczyk, Vitale) 1:33
8. "The Friend Song"   3:33
9. "It's All Right"   3:25
10. "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) 3:59
11. "Decades"   12:02
12. "Song for a Dying Planet"   2:00

Personnel[edit]

  • Joe Walsh – lead vocals, guitars, trombone, keyboards, percussion
  • Joe Vitale – drums, keyboards, percussion, flute, backing vocals
  • Dale Peters – bass guitar
  • Rick Rosas – bass guitar
  • Jim Brock – percussion
  • Jimi Jamison – backing vocals

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1992 "Vote for Me" Mainstream Rock Tracks 10

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