But 5 stars is for great. This is good....very good, and probably the best work The James Gang (with or without Joe) ever did. Indeed, as mentioned elsewhere, every song is fine, though the two long ones are to my mind a bit long.
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.