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James Gang Rides Again
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
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A Classic For Both Hard Rockers & Eagles Fans
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was one of those '70s albums that was really 2 completely different mini-albums. For those who don't date back to vinyl, you need to know that the album changes so dramatically between tracks 4 & 5 because 1 - 4 comprised side 1, while 5 - 9 were side 2. Most people remember the hard-rock-heaven of side 1, with Funk 49 through The Bomber medley. When it was announced that Joe Walsh would replace one of the Eagles, my college roomie expressed astonishment -- until I made him listen to side 2, where Joe's wistful common ground became more apparent.Both of the mini-albums were/are classics that really exceeded all of Joe Walsh's later work. I blew tons-o-dough for years hoping for another "Rides Again," but Joe never reached these lofty peaks again, as much fun as his solo stuff could be.Here's an interesting (well, to me at least) historical/trivia note that none of the other reviews have mentioned. In the first pressing of James Gang Rides Again, Walsh's guitar solo worked in an extended bit from Ravel's Bolero, fully credited. Extremely well played, & it worked well in the medley. Unfortunately, Maurice Ravel apparently provided in his will that Bolero could only be performed in full orchestration. All later pressings edited the Bolero section out. A few fortunates received albums where the deletion had been made in the album cover, but not in the album itself."
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Is it just me or did Joe Walsh do most of his better work while he was in the James Gang? I just got this album today and allready I love it. Part of it's electric, part of it's mellow. All of it is great. Not only is it a great sounding album, but it also has a damn nice cover. Simple, but nice."
The classic album from a classic time in rock history.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My very first album. I was in 3rd grade and listening to this and Alice Cooper when most of my friends were still into the Monkeys, etc. (Okay okay, I liked them too). Every song on it was and is a classic. From the opening hammond organ on Tend My Garden which I've manage to re-work into about a dozen other songs, to my all time favorite guitar song Bomber, I loved them all. And other than Double Trouble, Fox and Peters were my all time favorite hard rock rythym section. The base knew how to walk, and the constant fills and frills of the drums never got dull. I saw the Eagles Hell Freezes over tour. And as great a show as it was, the whole Tacoma Dome went nuts when Joe took over in the middle of the show with his solo work. Then things went crazier from there when Joe went into this killer little lead and all of a sudden slammed into the all time classic, opening lick of Funk 49. People of all ages were screaming through that one! I've beens listening to this album since before I was 10 yrs old, and it is still my all time favorite. In fact it was Joe's version of Reville's Mother Goose Suite and Bolero from the original Bomber that eventually got me into classical music. The only thing at all I can say bad about this cd, is the fact that the all time greatest album jacket was for some reason left off of it! Three long hairs on choppers, in the snow, shot in black and white. What the hell were they thinking with that omission? Oh well, Smokin Joe's still my fave though I listen to a little of everything. If you're younger and are curious about "old school" rock and roll from the 1970's, buy this cd post haste. I swear to God, when/if I'm 80 yrs old, I'll be playing air guitar to this one, cranked up to the max!"