Tuesday, 2 September 2008

"So What" by JOE WALSH. 2004 CD Remaster in Japan Only of his 1974 Album Masterpiece.

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Joe Walsh's 3rd studio albums for ABC has been on CD in the USA since the early 1990s, but sound-wise, it's an ok-only non-remastered bog standard issue with a crap slip of paper for an inlay. And for an audiophile's dream of an album (beautifully produced by Walsh and John Stronach) is a huge let down. That is until now.

In Oct 2004 in Japan, they re-issued "Barnstorm" (1972, his debut solo LP), "The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get" (1973, his 2nd album) and "So What" (1974, his 3rd and last studio album for ABC) on CD in 24-bit remastered form (says so on the booklets). And better still, they are full US REPRO MINI LP SLEEVES - complete with So What's embossed outer and inner sleeves - and both Smoker & Barnstorm in their hard card gatefolds - very tastefully done. I finally got all three and fans should know that the sound on all is fabulous - especially Smoker & So What. If you're a lover of these 70's classics, you must own them!

"So What" has guest appearances from Randy Meisner, Don Henley and Glenn Frey of The Eagles with J.D. Souther and Dan Fogelberg contributing too (so sad to hear of his recent loss). "Turn To Stone", "Time Out". "Help Me Through The Night" and the gorgeous melodic rock of "County Fair" are just some of the highlights.

As Japanese imports, "So What" and the other 2 titles are not cheap for sure and you'll have to root them out to buy them (eBay/Amazon USA), but they're worth every penny. Joe Walsh and Eagles fans have been waiting for these for years.

Come on Geffen! Re-issue the great man's catalogue in the UK! And do it properly! Why do we have to look abroad for decent issues??

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