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Yer' Album [Remastered] Original recording remastered
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Their first album-on CD for the first time! Released in '69 and including Funk #48; Bluebird; Lost Woman; Stone Rap; Fred , and more.
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If there is one era of Joe Walsh's musical career that is severely underrated, it would have to be his years with the James Gang. Before going solo or joining the Eagles, this is where Walsh did lead vocals. It's a shame that the James Gang tends to get little recognition outside their hits Walk Away and Funk #49, because this era features some of the best stuff that Walsh ever recorded. The Gang's debut LP, Yer Album, was released in 1969. Read on for my review of it.
This album captures the James Gang in their prime - before they went mainstream and focused on scoring hit singles. The band's sound stayed excellent from their formation right up to their final days, but it's their debut that captures the band in their finest hour. The band kicks things off with the ever-so-bizzare introduction. This song is strange in that it uses classical music excerpts! Weird stuff, but it sure is an attention-getter! A slower, more melodic track entitled Take A Look Around comes next. The fact that this song never became a big hit for the band is just insulting, because this is a damn fine song. Third up is Funk #48, not to be confused with the more popular Funk #49. This is an excellent jam that truly captures the band in their prime. No, it's not as popular as the similarly-titled track from a later album, but it's equally excellent. Bluebird is a cover of an old Buffalo Springfield, and an excellent one too. It's more electric than the original version, which was more on the acoustic side, but solid nonetheless. Walsh's vocals really shine here. The next track is Lost Woman. This is blues-based rock at its finest. Drummer Jim Fox even serves up a drum solo for your listening pleasure! Stone Rap is an interesting little transitional piece.Read more ›
But this is a solid album, well-played and very well remastered. This is remarkably dense for a trio, not overdone, but thick with good sound and good writing.
I have the first six James Gang LPs, and they never sounded this good again. Fresh, young, brash, strong but not pompous, and quite enjoyable. If you are a Walsh fan looking backward, this is a great addition. If you remember the Gang fondly, this holds up after 30+ years far better than the later stuff. The other albums were built around a "single" and fluffed up, though each has their joys. Not Yer Album. This has nothing but good stuff.
Fred is unique. I Don't Have The Time snaps and pops. And Bluebird is brilliant, listen to that bass. And some of Joe's best vocals. They noodled, but didn't lose me on that one. Just wish they hadn't been quite so indulgent on the 9+ minute tracks.
Yes, there is a drum solo, in "Lost Woman," and that leads me to my most superlative comment of the album: Jim Fox is perhaps the best drummer I've ever heard! Listen to the album. The drums play themselves. I've seen too many rock shows in which a mediocre drummer gets a set the size of Japan, thinking that the array of drums will make up for the lack of quality. I don't know the size of Fox's set as I never saw James Gang on stage. But the drum work on every song on the album is impeccable. He doesn't just "keep the beat," he adds to the music. And a rare drummer does that.
Oh, that song also has something I never heard before, a bass solo. That's worth hearing too!
Buffalo Springfield's "Blackbird" is done very well, a bit more "electric" perhaps than the original, but not over challenging the original's essence.
"Fred" is still intriguing; fabulous bass work, and, like in everything else, drums that stand out due to their quality.
There is, for those of you not familiar with the album, some orchestral work. It seems incongruous, but I think it adds to the quality of the album.
Then there's "Stop," a song the guitar work of which I could never master. Someone appropriately called it a "minor classic." It's long, but with the instrumental work in particular, it won't bore you.
I don't mean to down play the vocals. They're mostly Joe Walsh, of course, and he has a great rock voice, shrill, penetrating.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I was not all that taken with this disc mainly because of all the background chatter and between takes talking by the various band members. Read morePublished 10 months ago by spigomars
Well, this is the kind of album that was forgotten since it came out at the same time as so many great albums of the more mainstream groups. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2012 by Bernard Reeves
an angel bought me this disc - and i can't thank her enuf - you need this disc if for no other reason than to hear "stop" digitally re-mastered!! Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003 by ktbrown
if for no other reason than to hear "stop" digitally re-mastered!! this is fantastic music - being played by three (or four) very good musicians in tune with each other - so the... Read morePublished on May 30 2003 by Kevin Brown
I USED TO THINK THAT THE RIDES AGAIN CD WAS THE BEST BY THE JOE WALSH LED JAMES GANG BUT WHEN THEY REMASTERD THE FIRST JAMES GANG CD`S WITH JOE WALSH I BOUGHT THIS FOR THE FIRST... Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2000 by Bruce A. Nelson
This may be the one James Gang album to benefit greatly from remastering. The most sonically dense of the three Joe Walsh studio albums, I found more clarity in the guitars than I... Read morePublished on June 25 2000 by feralduck