Analog Man (Bonus Track Version)

Analog Man (Bonus Track Version)

Having found himself back with the Eagles, guitarist Joe Walsh hasn't had as much time to pursue the louder end of his musical spectrum. Produced by Jeff Lynne, Analog Man features the dense harmonies and tight arrangements you'd expect from an encounter with the man who gave Electric Light Orchestra, Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever and The Traveling Wilburys their sound, but the guitars are also plenty loud and even in a tightly compressed and quick track like "Wrecking Ball," Walsh finds the space necessary to crank out a few riffs. "Lucky That Way," co-written by Tommy Lee James, sounds like the follow-up to Walsh's classic 1978 hit "Life's Been Good." "Funk 50" is an update of Walsh's James Gang's "Funk 49," tidied up like it's 1993 and Walsh's last solo album Songs For A Dying Planet has a timely follow-up. "Band Played On" adds a sitar. "Spanish Guitar" works through country, flamenco and pop. "Family" throws in David Crosby and Graham Nash for harmony. "India" allows Walsh to try out the very-digital sounding equipment. Could this merry prankster be kidding us with all this talk of being an Analog Man? 

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