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    When one of the Eagles has a birthday, I like to go back and listen to their catalog. I just did that for Joe.

    One thing I've always thought about him is that his work is the most uneven in his solo material. He's not mediocre. He hits the highest highs (Turn to Stone, Help Me Thru the Night) but also the lowest lows (Coyote Love).

    Most people who are as brilliant as he is have their off days, but they don't dip quite as far down as he does.

    I have no idea why this would be - why he skips mediocrity entirely to go either really high or really low most of the time.

    However, that seems to not be the class in his most recent solo album, and it's not in the case with his Eagles material either (for obvious reasons).

    Any thoughts?

    Or is my premise entirely off-base?

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    I tend to agree with your overall assessment about Joe's solo work, Soda.

    Obviously, I don't know the reason for this, but it may be partly because of the rate in which he was putting out albums that he just had to include lots of fillers. I would imagine it's hard to be consistently brilliant as a solo artist when you are putting out a new album almost every year. To me, the overall quality of Joe's solo work seemed to decline as his substance abuse escalated. There are a few exceptions, but overall, his earlier output is much stronger than what he released in the mid-80's and early 90's.

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    Hello! It's been an age since I've visited but with the band touring here in the UK in June, I decided to wander back and see how everyone is doing. Thought I'd offer up my opinion on this.

    I agree that Joe's work can be uneven but I don't think he has that many of the lowest lows. Coyote Love is bad and there are also other songs that are awful if I'm honest but all the Eagles have songs that have missed the mark. Does he have more of them and are they worse? Hard to say, I don't listen to the solo material of the other Eagles as much, but I wonder if I would feel the same way even if I did. I'm JoeFan for a reason and I like most of his work, even the albums from the wilderness years in the Eighties and Nineties.

    I think dreamer has a good point about how often he was putting out albums playing a part. We must recognise how hard it is to put out 100% quality if you're trying to churn out songs like a machine for a corporate deadline. It's impressive that despite all of the deadline pressure and substance abuse issues, he was still able to create so many brilliant songs.

    Interesting point about his recent work having neither of those extremes. I hadn't really thought about that.

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    Well, hello!

    Yes, even as I posted it I was thinking, "my premise may be fundamentally flawed here" lol. But it's something I've often wondered as I've listened to his work.

    He was putting out a lot of albums when his colleagues were slowing it down. I guess it was under pressure from the record label - they must have had him by the short hairs.

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    Welcome back, JoeFan - it's great to hear from you and hope all is well with you. I also agree that Analog Man was a strong album. Hopefully, his next output will be just as good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ive always been a dreamer View Post
    Welcome back, JoeFan - it's great to hear from you and hope all is well with you. I also agree that Analog Man was a strong album. Hopefully, his next output will be just as good.
    Thanks. Has he said anything about working on a new album, or working on new material?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeFan View Post
    Thanks. Has he said anything about working on a new album, or working on new material?
    I don't think so, but he has been working on stuff. This is from a couple of years ago:



    It's mostly an instrumental except for a short segment, but he's obviously still creating.

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