But Seriously, Folks...

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"But Seriously, Folks..."
Joe Walsh - But Seriously Folks.jpg
Studio album by Joe Walsh
Released May 16, 1978
Genre
Length 35:22
Label Asylum
Producer
Joe Walsh chronology
You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind
(1976)
"But Seriously, Folks..."
(1978)
The Best of Joe Walsh
(1978)

"But Seriously, Folks..." is the fourth studio album by the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. The album was released in mid 1978, on the label Asylum. It included the satirical song "Life's Been Good". The original 8:04 (8:57 on CD releases with a goofy speech at the end) album version of this track was edited down to 4:35 for single release, and this became Walsh's biggest solo hit, peaking at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album also featured the other four members of the Eagles — which Walsh had joined two years earlier — as well as singer-keyboardist Jay Ferguson, a former member of the groups Spirit and Jo Jo Gunne (who co-wrote one track on the album), drummer Joe Vitale from Walsh's former band Barnstorm, and bassist Willie Weeks.

Release[edit]

Original pressings of this record had text engraved on the carry-out grooves:

Side 1: Luncheon Counter of the Deli Kind
Side 2: Call It In the Air!

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauC+[2]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau wrote that, although Walsh has "a gift for tuneful guitar schlock", most of the album's songs fall "far short of the irreverent shuck-and-jive" of "Life's Been Good".[2] In a retrospective review, AllMusic's Al Campbell said that the album is "Joe Walsh's most insightful and melodic", and "captures a reflective song cycle along the same thematic lines of Pet Sounds, only for the '70s".[1]

Track listing[edit]

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

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Over and Over" 4:53
2."Second Hand Store"Mike Murphy, Walsh3:35
3."Indian Summer" 3:03
4."At the Station"Joe Vitale, Walsh5:08
5."Tomorrow" 3:39
6."Inner Tube" 1:25
7."Theme from Boat Weirdos"Jay Ferguson, Bill Szymczyk, Vitale, Walsh, Willie Weeks4:43
8."Life's Been Good" 8:04
Total length:35:22

Personnel[edit]

Guests

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Joe Walsh, Bill Szymczyk
  • Engineers: Ed Mashal, Bill Szymczyk (Bayshore Studios, Coconut Grove, Florida)
  • Mastering: Ted Jensen (Sterling Sound, New York)
  • Remastering: Bill Szymczyk
  • Design: Jimmy Wachtel
  • Photography: Lorrie Sullivan, Jimmy Wachtel

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1978 Billboard 200 8

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1978 "Life's Been Good" Billboard Hot 100 12
1978 "Over and Over" Billboard Hot 100 --

Certifications[edit]

  • Canada-Platinum [3]
  • US-Platinum [4]
  • UK-Silver [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Campbell, Al. "But Seriously, Folks... > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (September 4, 1978). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 29, 2013.
  3. ^ "Gold/Platinum - Music Canada". Musiccanada.com. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Riaa.com. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-09. Retrieved 2015-02-17.