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Yer' Album [Remastered] Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (June 6 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: MCA - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B00004TH68
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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1. Introduction
2. Take a Look Around
3. Funk #48
4. Bluebird
5. Lost Woman
6. Stone Rap
7. Collage
8. I Don't Have the Time
9. Wrapcity in English
10. Fred
11. Stop

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rocker_Man on June 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
Yer Album (1969.) James Gang's first album.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. C Clark on Jan. 27 2004
Format: Audio CD
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By larry a. dyer on Dec 3 2003
Format: Audio CD
I won't go into a lot of detail with a review...suffice it to say Yer Album along with the band's second release "Rides Again" remain to this day two of the finest and yet most overlooked releases in rock'n'roll. Having said that I would like to point out to the serious audiophiles reading this one of the cleverest, and funniest, gimmicks I've ever heard on a record. I have an original vinyl copy of "Yer Album" in my possession. For those who have one as well and still in possession of a turntable you might want to give this a try. Be forewarned it only works if your turntable does NOT have an automatic shut off in which the arm catches the last groove and then removes itself from the record. If your needle will catch the final groove and then go entirely to he end of the record and stay there until physically're in for a treat. At the completion of side'll hear a voice...presumably Joe Walsh's...repeatedly say "Turn Me Over...Turn Me Over" again and again. At the end of side two, the album's completion, you'll hear that same voice say repeatedly "Play Me Again...Play Me Again". Give it a try if you can. Obviously this is a feature that can't be discovered on CD or tape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Feb. 2 2002
Format: Audio CD
This brings me back to a far younger, more self-indulgent era in my own life. It was a time when a drum solo was pretty much a novelty. One thinks, of course, of Iron Butterfly, and Michael Shrieve in Santana. But despite all the time having gone by, I never lost taste for "Yer Album."
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.
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