|The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get|
|Studio album by|
|Released||June 18, 1973|
|Recorded||During late 1972– Early 1973|
|Studio||Record Plant, Los Angeles Caribou Ranch, Nederland, Colorado|
|Joe Walsh chronology|
The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get is the second studio album by the American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Walsh. The album was released in 1973, on the label ABC-Dunhill in the United States, and United Kingdom, and it was also released on MCA Records in Germany. It proved to be his commercial breakthrough, largely on the strength of the Top 40 hit single, "Rocky Mountain Way", which helped propel the album into the Top 10.
On this album, Walsh shares the vocals and songwriting with the other three members of Barnstorm: drummer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Vitale, bassist Kenny Passarelli, and new member, keyboardist Rocke Grace. As a result, a variety of styles are explored on this album; there are elements of blues, jazz, folk, pop, and even Caribbean music. However, the album is only cred to Walsh as a solo artist, not to Barnstorm, which led to the band's demise. After the success of this album, Walsh continued making albums as a solo artist.
The title is a play on words "The higher you get the better you play!"
Writing retrospectively for AllMusic, critic Ben Davies wrote of the album "Walsh's ability to swing wildly from one end of the rock scale to the other is unparalleled and makes for an album to suit many tastes... [it] features some of the most remembered Joe Walsh tracks, but it's not just these that make the album a success. Each of the nine tracks is a song to be proud of. This is a superb album by anyone's standards."
In addition to the usual 2 channel stereo version this album was also released in a 4 channel quadraphonic ion on LP and 8-track tape. The quadraphonic LP is encoded using the QS Regular Matrix system. Germany Released an ion in September, 1973 under the MCA label and GEMA Audio Fidelity reissued a limited 24-karat gold ion CD in 2009. This was followed in 2011 by a reissue in Japan with a miniature replica of the original sleeve in the SHM-CD format.
All songs written and composed by Joe Walsh, except where noted.
|1.||"Rocky Mountain Way"||Joe Walsh, Joe Vitale, Kenny Passarelli, Rocke Grace||5:15|
|5.||"Happy Ways"||Passarelli, Bernard Zoloth||2:40|
|8.||"Days Gone By"||Vitale||5:54|
Different versions of the album have various spellings for two of the tracks. "(Day Dream) Prayer" is spelled "Daydream (Prayer)" on the CD versions, and "Book Ends" is spelled as "Bookends" on some other releases.
Album – Billboard (United States)
Singles – Billboard (United States)
|1973||"Rocky Mountain Way"||Pop Singles||23|