Joe Walsh – The Smoker You Drink


True audiophile joy — now cut at 45 RPM 2LP for better tracking, exceptional bass. Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original master tapes. Pre-order now due June 2024

Available on back-order

SKU: 753088010873 Categories: ,

Joe Walsh – The Smoker You Drink

The Player You Get

Joe Walsh - The Smoker You Drink

Praise for the 33 1/3 version of The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get

“(Side one) ends with the appropriately titled ‘Happy Ways,’ a Latin-tinged guitar-fest with lovely chunky bass lines that sounds absolutely glorious on this Analogue Productions pressing.

The zing of steel string guitar almost sounds dead on the CD and tired on my ancient vinyl pressing, so this is clearly not one of those remasters that’s based on an umpteenth generation copy of the tapes. …

You owe it to yourself to hear this album — and it will not sound any better than this spectacular pressing.” — Recording = 8/10; Music 10/10 — Jason Kennedy, Hi-Fi+, Issue 148

“An outstanding new 180gm LP reissue from Analogue Productions, with improved sound thanks to a sparkling new remaster by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, makes it clear that this 1973 release remains — with the possible exception of 1978’s.

But Seriously, Folks . . . — the undisputed highlight of Walsh’s solo career. … Another week, another beautiful-sounding, wonderfully packaged reissue from Analogue Productions.” Read the whole review here. — Robert Baird,, May 2017

In between his stints with the James Gang and the Eagles, Joe Walsh tackled his second solo studio album The Smoker You Drink The Player You Get which became his most successful solo outing.

The 1973 LP continued the heavy and light rock mix of tracks found on his previous release, Barnstorm.

Analogue Productions has done reissue justice to the album that AllMusic decries “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.”

To obtain the best sound possible they turned to Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio to remaster this superb album from the original analogue tapes.

Next they plated the lacquers and pressed LPs on 180-gram audiophile vinyl at the world’s best LP maker, Quality Record Pressings.

Top it all off with a deluxe Stoughton Printing gatefold tip-on jacket and you’ve got the makings for audiophile joy.

But would we stop there? Hardly.

Now with their 45 RPM release, the best-sounding version of this rock music gem gives listeners an even richer sonic experience.

The dead-quiet double-LP, with the music spread over four sides of vinyl, reduces distortion and high frequency loss as the wider-spaced grooves let your stereo cartridge track more accurately.

This amazingly eclectic rock album has Joe’s smash “Rocky Mountain Way,” his hit “Meadows,” plus “Bookends,” “Wolf; Dreams” and more! 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.

 Track Listing: Joe Walsh – The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get

1. Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh, Joe Vitale, Kenny Passarelli, Rocke Grace)

2. Book Ends

3. Wolf

4. Midnight Moodies

5. Happy Ways

6. Meadows

7. Dreams

8. Days Gone By

9. Day Dream (Prayer)


Analogue Productions

Analogue Productions It was in 1992 that Acoustic Sounds owner Chad Kassem reissued his first Analogue Productions title, Virgil Thompson's The Plow That Broke The Plains, originally on Vanguard. Analogue Productions began as a vehicle for Kassem to license his favorite all-time recordings and reissue them as remastered and as a superior version to the original release. Since its inception AP has reissued hundreds of titles, ranging from classical to folk, pop, rock, blues and jazz. Included in the many highlights of Analogue Productions' history are the Fantasy 45 Jazz Reissues, the Blue Note Reissues, and premium box sets of the music of such legendary acts as The Doors, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Nat "King" Cole and Norah Jones. True to its name, Analogue Productions works with the original analogue master tapes - more than any other reissue label! The result is superior sound - richer, warmer and more lifelike, than digital.

You may also like…