Joe Walsh - So What

Joe Walsh - So What

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So What
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Studio album by Joe Walsh
Released 14 December 1974
Recorded December 1973–March 1974
  • Rock
  • hard rock
  • country rock
  • pop rock
  • blues rock
Length 35:57
Label ABC-Dunhill
  • Joe Walsh
  • John Stronach
  • Bill Szymczyk
Joe Walsh chronology
The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get
So What
You Can't Argue With a Sick Mind


  "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 accident the previous year. On a few tracks, Don Henley, Glen 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.


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 "The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get". I want it to be the difference between  The Beatles albums "Revolver" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". 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

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars
Robert Christgau C+

Writing 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."

Track listing

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

No. Title Length  
1. "Welcome to the Club"   5:14
2. "Falling Down" (Walsh, Don Henley) 4:56
3. "Pavanne for the Sleeping Beauty" (Maurice Ravel) 1:56
4. "Time Out" (Walsh, Terry Trebandt) 4:28
5. "All Night Laundry Mat Blues"   0:58
6. "Turn to Stone" (Walsh, Terry Trebandt) 3:47
7. "Help Me Through the Night"   3:35
8. "County Fair"   6:43
9. "Song for Emma"   4:20
Total length:

Track listing and times for cassette tape DSC-50171

Side 1
No. Title Length  
1. "Welcome to the Club"   5:01
2. "Turn to Stone"   3:45
3. "Falling Down" (Walsh, Don Henley) 4:49
4. "Time Out" (Terry Trebandt, Walsh) 4:06
Side 2
No. Title Length  
1. "All Night Laundry Mat Blues"   1:02
2. "Help Me Through the Night"   3:35
3. "Song for Emma"   4:20
4. "Pavanne for the Sleeping Beauty" (Maurice Ravel) 2:03
5. "County Fair"   6:41


  • 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 Kunkell - 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


  • 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


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position RIAA
1975 Billboard Pop Albums 11 Gold

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1975 "Turn To Stone" Pop Singles 93


  • US-Gold


Joe Walsh - So What

UK ABC ABCL 5055 stereo (1974)

Album produced by Joe Walsh ans John Stronach.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minor signs of wear.

The original inner sleeve is perfectly presented.

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