The Las Vegas Review-Journal recently caught up with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh to talk about the concept of ‘Analog Man,’ his first solo album in twenty years.
As the title suggests, ‘Analog Man’ professes Walsh’s fondness for recording on analog equipment. However, Walsh explained that the album, which was cut digitally, was not a call for the return of old recording methods: “I’m not saying analog’s better,” he said. “[However,] the way [digital] records are made sacrifices the magic of a human performance. With digital technology you can fix anything. There’s a real temptation for a musician to fix everything because you can.”
He continued: “The magic of the human performance is the stuff we love about classic radio and classic rock ‘n’ roll. It wasn’t perfect, but we love it.”
Walsh said that on ‘Analog Man’ he, “went back and looked at the way I used to make records a long time ago and rediscovered a lot of stuff I had forgotten about, and went back to that.”
Since releasing his last solo album, 1992s ‘Songs for A Dying Planet,’ Walsh has undergone a complete life transformation, which he said ‘Analog Man’ has captured: “I’m 18 years sober and I’m really happily married and I got a lot to say. And I think the album will illustrate a whole bunch of that.”