Sunday Music – Second Hand Store (Any Way The Wind Blows)

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Today’s music video is ‘Second Hand Store’ from the legendary American guitarist Joe Walsh.

Link to Video at You Tube

This video was posted to You Tube by thejoewalshchannel

While the title of today’s featured video is Second Hand Store, it is probably better recalled by those who appreciate this genre of music as Any Way The Wind Blows, which Joe mentions a number of times throughout the song, and this makes it an apt song, especially for me, as I have just gone through the experience of a major weather event here in Australia, Tropical Cyclone Marcia.

Joe Walsh started his huge career back in 1968 with James Gang, and a solo career from 1971 onwards.

Zachariah

During his time with James Gang, he featured with this band in a quirky 1971 Western movie, Zachariah, which, while seemingly a Western, had electric music throughout it, with the band playing live electric sets in hotels in the movie. The movie also starred the band Country Joe And The Fish. The movie did not make major release to the big theatres here in Australia, and it played mainly at those smaller and more intimate Arts Theatres. When it did arrive in Newcastle, I went and watched it three times, and I actually asked the Theatre if I could have one of those large movie posters they used out the front of the theatre to advertise the movie. They gave me one of them, and I used it as a poster on the wall in my room on the Base for a number of years. The movie also made it out to our small movie theatre on the Base, and I went and watched it again, just for the wonderful music in the movie.

In late 1975, Joe was persuaded to join the band Eagles, and, as part of this legendary band, he moved them away from their (partly) Country style to a more Rock style. Eagles started originally as a four piece, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Randy Meissner and Bernie Leadon, and then added Don Felder to the group in 1974. Founding member Bernie Leadon left in 1975 and was replaced by Joe Walsh.

Walsh’s first album with Eagles was Hotel California, perhaps one of the best albums ever made in the U.S. The album took 18 months to produce, and that time spent was well worth it, as this album still ranks in many lists as up around the top of the list of best albums. After this album, founding member Randy Meissner left and was replaced by Timothy B Schmittt.

Life In The Fast Lane was one of the songs on that album co-written by Walsh, and was one of the band’s staple songs, now fully establishing Eagles as a rock band. That Hotel California album would be viewed by many as almost impossible to follow up, and in fact Eagles almost did just that with their next album, The Long Run, which was two years in the making. On that album Walsh wrote In The City, which also became another of the band’s staples.

Joe WalshIn the hiatus between these two monster albums from Eagles, Joe Walsh released a solo album titled But Seriously Folks in 1978. The four other members of Eagles played on individual tracks for this album, mainly providing backing vocals, as Joe assembled a strong list of session musicians for the band backing him up on guitar and vocals.

From this album came Joe’s biggest hit as a solo artist, the highly satirical song Life’s Been Good, which all but made it into the Top Ten on the National Charts. This song was longer than 8 minutes on the album, (by far the better version for Joe’s soaring guitar) but the song was pared down to just over 4 minutes so it could get airplay on radio. It is a satirical send up of the life of a rock star.

That song was the reason I purchased the album, but as is nearly always the case, I ended up liking another song on the album more than this one that received airplay and became a hit. In fact, I like nearly every song on the album, something rare in those days.

That song is today’s featured clip, Second Hand Store, almost a slow ballad for Walsh. It is a wonderful song and you need to listen closely to the lyrics here. The wording Any Way The Wind Blows features a number of times throughout the song, and I often reacll callers to radio asking to play the Joe Walsh song Any Way The Wind Blows, and announcers having a hard time trying to find that song. Eagles band member Don Felder plays the Pedal Steel guitar on this song, and Drummer Joe Vitale provides backing vocals. The song was written by Joe, in conjunction with Mike Murphy.

Joe Walsh has stayed with Eagles while continuing his solo career and he now has a total of 12 solo albums. He also plays a variety of other instruments as well as being a master guitarist. With the band Eagles, there was a fourteen year hiatus, and he toured with the band on their Hell Freezes Over World tour, and on further World tours, playing to absolutely huge audiences everywhere.

Eagles proved they had lost nothing with their seventh studio album Long Road Out Of Eden,  the two disc set released in 2007, and winning the band 2 Grammy Awards, giving the band six Grammys in all.

Joe Walsh really is a legend in the true sense of the word.

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