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May 16, 1978

Joe Walsh

Asylum Records

Joe Walsh, Bill Szymczyk


Release date
16 May 1978

Rock music, Hard rock

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"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 #12 on the Billboard chart.


The album also features 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.

Joe walsh side 1 medley from but seriously folks


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

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". 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".

Track listing

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


  • Joe Walsh – vocals, guitars, synthesizer
  • Joe Vitale – drums, percussion, synthesizer, flute, backing vocals
  • Willie Weeks – bass guitar
  • Jay Ferguson – keyboards, vocals
  • Joey Murcia – guitar
  • Guests

  • Jody Boyer – backing vocals
  • Don Felder – pedal steel guitar on "Second Hand Store" and guitar on "At the Station"
  • Glenn Frey – backing vocals
  • Don Henley – backing vocals
  • Timothy B. Schmit – backing vocals
  • Bill Szymczyk – tambourine, vocals, background vocals
  • Production

  • 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

    Album - Billboard (North America)

    Singles - Billboard (North America)


  • Canada-Platinum
  • US-Platinum
  • UK-Silver
  • Songs

    1Over and Over4:53
    2Second Hand Store3:35
    3Indian Summer3:03


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