The Confessor (album)
|Studio album by Joe Walsh|
|Released||May 21, 1985|
|Studio||Goodnight LA Studios, Los Angeles, California, US|
|Label||Warner Bros. - 9 25281-1|
Full Moon - 252812
Atlantic (CD, only)
|Joe Walsh chronology|
|Singles from The Confessor (album)|
The Confessor is the seventh studio solo album by the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. The album was released in mid 1985, on the labels Warner Bros. Records, and Full Moon Records. The album was produced by Grammy Award winning producer and sound engineer Keith Olsen as well as Walsh himself. The album peaked at number 65 on the Billboard 200.
The cover art for the album features the painting Zwei Männer in Betrachtung des Mondes (Two Men Contemplating the Moon), a famous work by the German nineteenth-century romantic landscape artist Caspar David Friedrich, with a grainy photograph of Walsh in behind. The back cover is another painting by Friedrich, Der Wanderer über dem Nebelmeer (Wanderer above the Sea of Fog).
The album includes a cover of Michael Stanley's "Rosewood Bitters," which got some FM airplay in the US; Walsh played slide guitar on the original recording which he originally wrote. On this version instead he plays an electric guitar.
The album would be something that Walsh's new girlfriend Stevie Nicks would get involved with. Nicks old friend Keith Olsen was hired to produce the album and the musicians were the superimposed LA session stalwarts like: Jim Keltner, Mike Porcaro, Waddy Wachtel, Randy Newman, Alan Pasqua and a lot of musicians Walsh had never worked with before, the only familiar face was Timothy B. Schmit (of the Eagles) who only recorded backing vocals.
Upon its release, the album was poorly received by many critics but sold quite well. Guitar World, critic Bruce Malamut wrote that the album is "the apologia of a strictly raised mid-western episcopalian after living in rock and roll sin for ‘Fifteen Years’ on the road," and that "The balance … is a sober retrospective from rock’s own Harpo Marx." Rolling Stone said that "Walsh is trying to make the kind of record he used to make a decade ago, and the result is, well, out of date, sound [sic] like something out of a 1975 time capsule." Writing retrospectively for AllMusic, critic James Chrispell highly complimented the title track, but wrote of the album "Joe Walsh just hasn't been able to produce a complete album of great material, and The Confessor is no exception. The first half is dreck... Worthwhile for the title track alone."
Live performances and Tour
After the release of the album, Walsh toured again with Joe Vitale in Australia and in the US. In Australia the band was called "Creatures From America". In the US they were the opening act on some gigs for Foreigner.
- Partial list of the Australian concerts
- Partial list of the US concerts
- 14/7 - Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, OH
- 23/7 - The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (with "Foreigner")
- 24/7 - Capital Centre, Landover, MD (with Foreigner)
- 3/8 - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY (with "Foreigner")
- 21/8 - Molson Amphitheater, Barrie, ON
- 25/8 - Silver Stadium, Rochester, NY (with "Foreigner")
- 29/8 - Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
- 3/9 - Ohio Center, Columbus, OH (with "Foreigner")
- 5/9 - Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA
- 7/9 8/9 - Pine Knob Music Theater, Clarkston, MI (with "Foreigner")
- 11/9 - Meadowlands Arena, East Rutherford, NJ (with "Foreigner")
- 12/9 - Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (with "Foreigner")
- 13/9 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
- 21/9 - Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO, (with "Foreigner")
- Also in 1985
- 28/5 - Late Night With David Letterman - Walsh and Waddy Wachtel perform with a band.
- ?/5 - Walsh performed with Wachtel at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. Bo Diddley, Laraine Newman, Robert Palmer and others performed the same night.
All songs by Joe Walsh, except where noted.
|1.||"Problems"||Walsh, Bill Arbuckle||3:55|
|2.||"I Broke My Leg"||3:12|
|4.||"Slow Dancing"||Loz Netto||4:22|
|7.||"Rosewood Bitters"||Michael Stanley||3:29|
|8.||"Good Man Down"||Walsh, Waddy Wachtel||4:14|
- Additional musicians
- Waddy Wachtel - Guitar
- Mark Andes - Bass guitar
- Mike Porcaro - Bass guitar
- David Margen - Bass guitar
- Dennis Bellfield - Bass guitar
- Rick Rosas - Bass guitar
- Denny Carmassi - Drums
- Jim Keltner - Drums
- Rick Marotta - Drums
- Jeff Porcaro - Drums
- Chet McCracken - Drums
- Randy Newman - Keyboards
- Alan Pasqua - Keyboards
- Jerry Peterson - Saxophone
- Earl Lon Price - Tenor Saxophone
- Kenneth Tussing - Trombone
- Timothy B. Schmit - Backing vocals
- Joe Walsh - Producer
- Keith Olsen - Producer
- Album artwork
- Hugh Kent Brown - Design, Art direction
- Caspar David Friedrich - Paintings
- The titles of the paintings by Friedrich:
- Front cover: "Zwei Männer in Betrachtung des mondes" (English: Two Men Contemplating the Moon)
- Back cover: "Der wanderer über dem nebelmeer" (English: Wanderer above the Sea of Fog)
Album - Billboard (United States)
Singles - Billboard (United States)
|1985||"The Confessor"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||8|
- Chrispell, James. "The Confessor > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011.