Analog Man

Analog Man

by Joe WalshJoe Walsh


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So anachronistic is Joe Walsh that he not only celebrates how he's an "Analog Man in a digital world," he hires Jeff Lynne as his producer for his first solo album in 20 years. And, apart from the odd lyrical reference to an iPod or Walsh's ongoing recovery, Analog Man sounds like it could have come out in 1992 and that's all due to Lynne, a man who makes a record in one particular way: crisp, clean, hook-laden, and sequenced so tightly there's no room to breathe. With no apparently irony, it sounds digital, not analog -- there's nothing greasy, even the James Gang's "Funk #49" has been given an immaculate 21st Century Digital Makeover and is now called "Funk 50" -- but it's been so long since Walsh has worked with a conscientious producer (this may be his first time, actually), he winds up reaping some benefit from such a controlled setting. Analog Man isn't rock & roll, not by a long shot, but rather a gleaming pop album in the vein of Full Moon Fever, a sound that suits Walsh's new sobriety. Perhaps he hits his recovery theme a little too hard -- a criticism that could also be leveled toward his songs about being an old fart -- but he sounds comfortable where he is and Lynne presents him in a shining, flattering light. As comebacks go, he could do a lot worse than this. [The album was also released digitally.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2012
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0888072337718
catalogNumber: 33771
Rank: 863

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joe Walsh   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Vocals
Jeff Lynne   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Graham Nash   Vocals
Ringo Starr   Drums
Joe Vitale   Keyboards,Sitar
Kenny Passarelli   Bass
Tim Armstrong   Guitar
David Crosby   Vocals
Rick Rosas   Bass
Bruce Sugar   Organ
Tommy Lee James   Background Vocals
Richard Davis   Synthesizer
Steve Jay   Percussion

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Arranger,Producer
Joe Walsh   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Tim Armstrong   Composer,Producer
Irving Azoff   Management
Bruce Sugar   Programming,Engineer,Percussion Programming
Tommy Lee James   Composer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Gannin Arnold   Composer
John Morrical   Engineer
Richard Davis   Programming
Drew Hester   Composer
Steve Jay   Engineer

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