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The James Gang was formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1966 and played locally in northeast Ohio with local legendary guitarist Glen Swartz. 1968, guitarist/vocalist Joe Walsh replaced Schwartz who lef tto go to California and formed Pacific, Gas And Electric, a fantastic blues-rock band. The James Gang then became a power trio and released the album,'Yer' Album' in 1969. It was the next release, 'The James Gang Rides Again' that spawned some interest in the band with the hit single, "Funk #49".

Two more albums followed and Walsh left the band to go solo and was replaced by Tommy Bolin from the blues based hard rock band, Zephyr and stuck around for two albums and left to join up with Deep Purple in 1975. With a new line up the band released two more albums that went unnoticed and called it quits
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Rides AgainRides Again
Geffen 2000
$4.59 (used)
Bang / MiamiBang / Miami
Bgo Records 2014
$15.23 (used)
James Gang - Greatest HitsJames Gang - Greatest Hits
Geffen 2000
$15.89 (used)
Yer' Album (Remastered)Yer' Album (Remastered)
Geffen 2000
$5.70 (used)
Thirds (Remastered)Thirds (Remastered)
Geffen 2000
$7.16 (used)
Straight Shooter/Passin' ThruStraight Shooter/Passin' Thru
Bgo - Beat Goes on 2005
$17.38 (used)
James Gang - 15 Greatest HitsJames Gang - 15 Greatest Hits
Mca 1990
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The Best of James GangThe Best of James Gang
Repertoire 1998
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JAMES GANG Yer' Album album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Yer' Album
Hard Rock 1969
JAMES GANG Rides Again album cover 4.17 | 2 ratings
Rides Again
Hard Rock 1970
JAMES GANG Thirds album cover 4.08 | 2 ratings
Hard Rock 1971
JAMES GANG Straight Shooter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Straight Shooter
Non-Metal 1972
JAMES GANG Passin' Thru album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Passin' Thru
Non-Metal 1972
JAMES GANG Bang album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Hard Rock 1973
JAMES GANG Miami album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Non-Metal 1974
JAMES GANG Newborn album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hard Rock 1975
JAMES GANG Jesse Come Home album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jesse Come Home
Non-Metal 1976

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JAMES GANG Live in Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Concert
Hard Rock 1971

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JAMES GANG 15 Greatest Hits album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
15 Greatest Hits
Hard Rock 1973
JAMES GANG Funk #49 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Funk #49
Hard Rock 1985
JAMES GANG The Best of the James Gang album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of the James Gang
Hard Rock 1998
JAMES GANG Newborn / Jesse Come Home album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Newborn / Jesse Come Home
Hard Rock 2004

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Album · 1969 · Hard Rock
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JAMES GANG is famous for being the first major band of guitarist Joe Walsh who is more famous for his solo albums and his work with The Eagles. On this debut album his signature sound is definitely on board. His nice slow and easy bluesy guitar playing as well as his more rockin' riffs all make their debut here as well as his instantly recognizable vocals. After many line up changes since their formation in 1966, they ended up as a trio on this album.

Considering this came out in 1969, this is a very well developed album that sounds like the perfect transition album from the heavy psych and blues of the 60s (which they may have picked up by opening up for Cream) and the hard bluesy rock of the early 70s reminding a bit of the Allman Bros despite not having dual guitars and also a bit like the sound the Edgar Winter Band would eventually pick up on. There is a definitive funky jamming feel to this album. These are composed songs of sort but definitely get a lot more meat on them in the tasty improvisation that is attatched.

There are hard rockers and tender ballads and several freaky intros as well. This album is really a treat to listen to from beginning to end. Melodic and hard hitting and to be honest I actually like this debut album better than the first Led Zeppelin album that came out the same year. This is definitely bluesy hard rock in nature but so much more was added to spice it up that I can't help but love the feel of the whole thing.

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