Albums - The Last Stroll (1980)

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The Last Stroll

Originally released in 1979 by Columbia Records, this would prove to be Walter Egan's last album for the label.

Shed no tears for Egan on this front, though. Here's what he had to say during a Q&A Session on The Penguin:

"The Last Stroll" was meant to allude back to the first lp and also expressed the fact that I wanted to get off of Columbia Records as opposed to get off on Columbia Records. And, of course, we all know that "Magnet & Steel (everybody now!) was a stroll.

Although Egan handed some of the production duties over to Earle Mankey, the result was still too guitar heavy and failed to reinterest lost fans of the more pop Not Shy and Fundamental Roll or even really gain a new audience.

This is all very unfortunate because, to my mind (biased though it may be) this is an excellent album that features many great gems. Favorites are "Bad Attitude," "Heart" (written by Earl Shackleford), and "Motel Broken Hearts."

In 1991, HiFi and The Last Stroll were released together on compact disc by the German label Bear Tracks/Bear Family Records (see image below left for cover). The two albums have just been rereleased on compact disc in May 2005 on Acadia/Evangeline Records (see image below right for cover). This new double-length disc includes two bonus tracks - an acappella version of "Magnet and Steel" and an alternate version of "Bad News T.F." The cd liner notes, all new and written by Walter Egan, also provide a great deal of insight into the goings on during the making of both albums.

If you are interested in purchasing this new release, it is available through

Baby Let's Run Away
2. Y Me? (The Last Stroll)
3. Tuesday Weld
4. Bad Attitude - Listen to a sample! (sample approx. 1 min long, 587K)
5. Fall For You
6. First Date, Last Date
7. Heart - Listen to a sample! (sample approx. 1 min long, 627K)
8. Chaminade
9. Motel Broken Hearts - Listen to a sample! (sample approx. 1 min long, 596K)
10. Waitin' for the Rain

B-Side to "Baby Let's Run Away" Single:
(B-side only, not on original album or cd rereleases.)
Johnny Z (Is a Real Cool Guy) - Listen to a sample! (sample approx. 1 min 15 secs long, 702K)

2005 CD Bonus Tracks:
Magnet and Steel (acappella version)
Bad News Travels Fast (alternate version)

Album Details:

Columbia Records, 1980

For All Songs, words and music by Walter Egan (C)1980 April Music Inc., Swell Sounds Music, Melody Deluxe Music, and Seldak Music Corp. (ASCAP), except "Heart" words and music by Earl Shackelford (C)1980 Sounds Swell Music, Wax Lips Music, and Ransom Notes. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.

Produced by Earle Mankey (for Mankey Business Productions) with Walter Egan
for Swell Sounds, Inc. and Contemporary Communications Corp.

Engineered by Earle Mankey and Tori Swenson
Directed by Greg Lewerke in conjunction with Stan Lewerke for Swell Sounds, Inc.
Mastered by John Golden at Kendun Recorders

Recorded from February 1st to March 17th, 1980 at world famous Sound City,
Van Nuys, California

Cover photography by Norman Seeff, sleeve photography by Joan McGowan
and Georgina Karvellas.
Art Direction by John Van Hamersveld
Coordination by George Garvin

The Semi-Professional Band:

John Selk: bass and vocals
Skip Edwards: keyboards, guitar and vocals
Lee Kix: drums, percussion and vocals
Walter Egan: rhythm guitar, vocals, percussion, and lead guitar (except where indicated)


John Zambetti: telephone, "Motel Broken Hearts"
Deke Leonard: guitar and backing vocals

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