ARTIST: Joe Walsh
YEAR RELEASED: 1972
CHART ACTION: #79
SINGLES: I’ll Tell the World About You
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Mother Says, Turn to Stone
LINEUP: Joe Walsh, Kenny Passarelli, Joe Vitale. Help from Pau; Harris, Al Perkins, Chuck Rainey and Bill Szymcyk.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Known as a guitar hero, Joe Walsh’s first project after leaving the James Gang is really a band (called Barnstorm) and explores some of the folkier and spacier aspects of his music.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: If you listened closely to the deep cuts on James Gang albums, you know that Joe Walsh wasn’t always a headstrong guitar hero. He explored textures and tones using synths and acoustic guitars as well as electric guitar and bass. It’s this motif that he focuses on with Barnstorm, his new trio, and his ‘solo’ debut album.
Walsh played a lot of the synthesizers himself, and drummer Joe Vitale also helped on keyboards and flute, while Kenny Passarelli held things down on the bottom. That versatility in the studio allowed for the tracks to be filled with interesting flourishes and excursions (especially on “One and One / Giant Bohemoth”. The songs were also not as raucous, with tracks like “Here We Go” and “Birdcall Morning” settling for mood instead of pyrotechnics.
This album didn’t have a hit, and one track (“Turn to Stone”) was remade two years later. Walsh fans really need to find this one as it reveals a lot about what Walsh wanted in his early solo career and what he was capable of.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: He really wanted the record to just have the artist listed as Barnstorm, but ABC Records decided to add Walsh’s name to it. This lead to the trio’s demise after their second album.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE A: A great record that was hard to find for many years and thus a lot of the songs disappeared from consciousness.