Personnel: Joe Walsh (vocals, guitar, piano, Mellotron, synthesizers, bass, organ); Leonard Southwick (harmonica); Tom Stephenson (organ); James Bond (acoustic bass); Kenny Passarelli (bass); Bryan Garafolo (bass, background vocals); Joe Vitale, Ron Grinel, Russ Kunkel (drums); Guille Garcia (congas); Jody Boyer, Dan Fogelberg, J.D. Souther, Glen Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner (background vocals).
Engineers: Al Blazek, Bill Szymczyk, John Stronach.
Principally recorded at The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California; The Record Plant, Sausalito, California; The Record Plant, New York; Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida.
Audio Mixer: John Stronach.
Recording information: The Record Plant in Los Angeles, Sausalito & New York C.
Photographers: Lorrie Sullivan; Joe Walsh .
Joe Walsh's catalog by this point was two albums strong and of a consistently high quality. Despite a change of lineup for So What -- a wide range of musicians is used, including the Eagles' Don Henley -- the sound is very similar to previous releases. A number of classic Walsh tracks are featured, including a more polished version of "Turn to Stone," originally featured on his debut album, Barnstorm, in a somewhat more riotous style. "Help Me Thru the Night," Walsh's mellowest song to date, is helped along by some fine lead and backing vocals from the band. So What sees Walsh in top form as a guitarist. Most of the nine tracks feature solos of unquestionable quality in his usual rock style. The classic rock genre that the man so well defined with his earlier albums is present here throughout, and it is pulled off with the usual unparalleled Joe Walsh ability. ~ Ben Davies