Joe Vitale

Rollercoaster Weekend

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A multi-instrumentalist, Vitale is most known for his close work with Joe Walsh. On this, his first solo album, he's responsible for most of the music, playing everything from drums and keyboards to flute and tympani. Filling out the other slots is a mini-guitar army of Rick Derringer, Walsh, and Phil Keaggy. Yet, despite such luminaries, it's not a guitar show-off album. Rather, it's a song-oriented album, and the three guitarists always work in service to the songs. Yet, the songs are not particularly strong and, despite the production team of Ron Albert and Howard Albert (Derek and the Dominoes' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, the Allman Brothers' Eat a Peach, and other legendary albums), the album never quite gets off the ground. One standout, however, is "Falling," which was borrowed in part for Walsh's later "At the Station."

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