The Best of Joe Walsh

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The Best of Joe Walsh
Greatest hits album by Joe Walsh
Released November 15, 1978
Recorded 1970–1978
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 41:36
Label ABC
Producer Joe Walsh, Bill Szymczyk & Joe Vitale
Compiler Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh chronology
But Seriously, Folks...
(1978)
The Best of Joe Walsh
(1978)
There Goes the Neighborhood
(1981)

The Best of Joe Walsh is the first compilation album by the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. The album was released in late 1978, on the label ABC Records. It features songs from his tenure with the James Gang as well as solo songs. Two tracks from 1974's So What were newly remixed for this compilation; "Turn to Stone" and "Help Me Through the Night".

Critical reception[edit]

In his review, critic Robert Christgau gave The Best of Joe Walsh a "B–" and wrote, "'Twixt James Gang and Eagles Walsh justified his existence by developing his own brand of spacey, tuneful guitar schlock. I admit that it sounds like nothing else. But I can't imagine why anyone would want this much of it."[1] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic was more enthusiastic and said, "this is not even close to a comprehensive collection, but it's not a bad sampler for extremely casual fans."[2]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "Turn to Stone"   3:59
2. "Mother Says" (Walsh, Joe Vitale, Kenny Passarelli) 5:41
3. "Help Me Thru the Night"   3:51
4. "Rocky Mountain Way"   5:15
5. "Meadows" (Walsh, Patrick Cullie) 4:36
6. "County Fair"   6:43
7. "Funk #49" (Jim Fox, Dale Peters, Walsh) 3:54
8. "Time Out"   4:17
9. "Walk Away" (Walsh) 3:34
10. "Life's Been Good" (Walsh) 8:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Joe Walsh: Guitars, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar, Slide Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Drums, Mandolin, Talkbox, Timpani, Hammond Organ, Percussion, Synthesizer, Vocals.
  • Kenny Passarelli: Bass guitar.
  • Tom Stephenson: Piano, keyboards, hammond organ.
  • Joe Vitale: Drums, keyboards, percussion, timpani.
  • Guille Garcia: Percussion.
  • Bill Szymczyk: Percussion.
  • Members of James Gang:
    • Dale Peters: Bass guitar, percussion, vocals.
    • Jim Fox: Drums, percussion, vocals.
  • Members of Eagles:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Album: Joe Walsh: The Best of Joe Walsh". Robert Christgau. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ "AllMusic review". Retrieved July 11, 2014.