I could listen to A Life of Illusion 50 times in a row and still hit repeat...
During the recording of The Smoker, Joe came up with an intro on "Meadows." He wanted to create a collage of voices like he had for the Barnstorm album. He started going around and asking everyone at the studio to participate. The problem was that everyone knew about Joe's crazy collages and no-one wanted to be a part of this mess. He spent several days harassing everyone including the studio staff and got no support. Frankly, he became a nuisance. Finally, producer/engineer Bill Szymczyk came up with a scheme to get him off everyone's back: He went around to everyone and secured their agreement and then went to Joe and said, "We will do your montage if you will agree to put WHATEVER GETS RECORDED on the record. WHATEVER GETS RECORDED." Glad that everyone was willing, Joe agreed.Bob, could you elaborate on the prank? Meadows is one of my favorite Walsh tunes, especially the live versions, and specifically the version from Don Kirshners Rock Concert circa 1975.