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As Joe Walsh entered the fourth decade in which he made records, he had every reason to rest on his laurels and spend his later years cranking out passable imitations of his James Gang hits. Instead he delivered Ordinary Average Guy, arguably the most diverse and experimental record in his career. The weird production touches are a good fit for “The Gamma Goochee” and “Alphabetical Order.” These songs have more in common with Talking Heads and Devo than they do Led Zeppelin but those eccentricities have long been an essential, if overlooked, aspect of Walsh’s musical personality. Yet, as if to reaffirm his gusto, Walsh includes “Look At Us Now,” a swaggering blast of heroic rock led by the drumming of Joe Vitale, Walsh’s right-hand man since 1972. The rest of the album is filled with easy-rolling and often wistful pop songs like “Up All Night,” “I’m Actin’ Different” and “All of a Sudden,” which show Walsh is more of a charmer than his chest-beating peers. For the title song he returns to his signature reggae rhythm, a bizarre pop confection that would fail in the hands of anyone else, but brings out the best in Walsh.

Customer Reviews

That is wrong!

This is a great album by Joe Walsh. Ordinary Average Guy (the song) is one of Joe Walsh's best songs. I'm not saying that Joe Walsh's other music is bad, it is actually great, but that info about this album is completely wrong, it is a great album.

Poor Reviews???

I also remember this so well that almost 20 years later I too decided to get it for my iPhone (not sure what happened to the original cd). The sound of Two Sides to Every Story is what I remembered most, but am also very fond of Ordinary Average Guy, The Gamma Goochee (not sure why but I like it), and unlike others...Alphabetical Order. My 12yo son gets a kick out of hearing what I listened to when I was younger, and this didn't disappoint him either. I'm not afraid to admit that I love these songs, so why is the reviewer anonymous?

Ordinary Average Album

It's ok but not great


Born: November 20, 1947 in Wichita, KS

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

From his early hits with the James Gang through to his tenure with the Eagles -- as well as a successful solo career -- Joe Walsh remained one of the most colorful characters in rock & roll, lending his distinctively reedy vocals, off-the-wall lyrics, and expansive guitar leads to a series of AOR staples including "Funk #49," "Rocky Mountain Way," and "Life's Been Good." Born November 20, 1947 in Wichita, Kansas, Walsh initially studied the oboe and clarinet, later playing bass in local bands the...
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