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So What (Joe Walsh album)

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Released  14 December 1974
Artist  Joe Walsh
Label  ABC Records
Length  35:57
Release date  14 December 1974
Genres  Rock music, Gothic rock
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Recorded  December 1973–March 1974
So What (1974)  You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind (1976)
Producers  Joe Walsh, John Stronach, Bill Szymczyk
Similar  Joe Walsh albums, Rock music albums

So What is the third solo studio album by the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. It was released in late 1974 on ABC-Dunhill Records. It contains hard rock songs such as "Welcome To The Club" and a remake of the Barnstorm track, "Turn To Stone". It also contains more introspective material such as "Help Me Through the Night" and "Song For Emma", a tribute to Walsh's daughter who had been killed in a car crash the previous year. On a few tracks, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Randy Meisner of the Eagles contributed backing vocals. Over a year and a half later, Walsh would be drafted into the Eagles to replace founding member Bernie Leadon, playing on their best-selling studio album Hotel California. The album was re-issued five years later by MCA Records in 1979.


Welcome to the club joe walsh

Production and recording

Two months before the release of the album, Walsh was asked about the album, and he said "I know this album's going to be an important one for me, but it's not easy to just crank them out anymore, I've got, what, six or seven albums out. I don't want the next album to sound like a bunch of outtakes from Smoker. I want it to be the difference between Revolver and Sgt. Pepper. I've held back [the album's release] until that development was there, even though the record company's been screaming for it. I want it to be a big, big step… in thoughts, vocals, playing and maturity."

Critical reception

Writing retrospectively for AllMusic, critic Ben Davies wrote of the album "A number of classic Walsh tracks are featured, including a more polished version of "Turn to Stone," originally featured on his debut album, Barnstorm, in a somewhat more riotous style... Most of the nine tracks feature solos of unquestionable quality in his usual rock style. The classic rock genre that the man so well defined with his earlier albums is present here throughout, and it is pulled off with the usual unparalleled Joe Walsh ability."

2011 reissue

On 29 December 2011 the original mix of the album was reissued in Japan in a miniature replica of the original album artwork. The album was remastered using Direct Stream Digital (DSD) to transfer the digital files. The release was a limited edition in the SHM-CD format. The reissue included a picture of the original vinyl label. Audio Fidelity remastered the album too

Track listing

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

Track listing and times for cassette tape DSC-50171

Side 1
Side 2


  • Joe Walsh - synthesizer, bass, guitar, piano, vocals, background vocals, Moog synthesizer, mellotron, ARP
  • Jody Boyer - vocals, background vocals
  • Dan Fogelberg - guitar, vocals
  • Glenn Frey - vocals, background vocals
  • Guille Garcia - percussion, conga
  • Bryan Garofalo - bass, vocals, background vocals
  • Ron Grinel - drums
  • Don Henley - vocals, background vocals
  • Russ Kunkel - drums
  • Randy Meisner - vocals, background vocals
  • Kenny Passarelli - bass, vocals
  • J.D. Souther - guitar, vocals, background vocals
  • Leonard Southwick - harmonica
  • Tom Stephenson - organ, keyboards
  • John Stronach - vocals
  • Joe Vitale - flute, drums, keyboards
  • Production

  • Producers: Joe Walsh, John Stronach, Bill Szymczyk
  • Engineers: Al Blazk, John Stronach, Bill Szymczyk
  • Mixing: John Stronach, Bill Szymczyk
  • Mastering: Rick Collins
  • Design: Jimmy Wachtel
  • Photography: Joe Walsh, Lorrie Sullivan
  • Artwork: Jimmy Wachtel
  • Charts

    Album - Billboard (North America)

    Singles - Billboard (North America)


  • US-Gold
  • Songs

    1Welcome to the Club5:12
    2Falling Down4:59
    3Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty1:59


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