9 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The James Gang's sixth album brought Tommy Bolin to the party after Domenic Troiano had left to join the Guess Who. James Gang were still bent on banging out heavy biker rock as evidenced by opening cut “Standing In the Rain,” which still rides hard on that signature boogie punctuated by Bolin’s sharp riffs and a meat ‘n’ potatoes rhythm section with lots of bounce. Even though the band lost some fans following Joe Walsh’s departure in November of 1971, they still sounded like James Gang two years later, even on ballads like “The Devil Is Singing Our Song” and the oddly mellow “Alexis,” which inadvertently flirted with mustached soft-rock. An attempt at birthing a biker’s anthem in “Ride the Wind” yielded a new element to the mix in the form of an analogue synthesizer that Bolin imported. “Rather Be Alone With You” is a soulful two-minute-long a cappella make-out ballad, while the congas and guitars that open “From Another Time” recall the magical break of 1970’s “Funk #49,” though with a glossier production here and a much-faster tempo. “Mystery” closes the album with another ballad that the band dressed up in sweeping strings.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The James Gang's sixth album brought Tommy Bolin to the party after Domenic Troiano had left to join the Guess Who. James Gang were still bent on banging out heavy biker rock as evidenced by opening cut “Standing In the Rain,” which still rides hard on that signature boogie punctuated by Bolin’s sharp riffs and a meat ‘n’ potatoes rhythm section with lots of bounce. Even though the band lost some fans following Joe Walsh’s departure in November of 1971, they still sounded like James Gang two years later, even on ballads like “The Devil Is Singing Our Song” and the oddly mellow “Alexis,” which inadvertently flirted with mustached soft-rock. An attempt at birthing a biker’s anthem in “Ride the Wind” yielded a new element to the mix in the form of an analogue synthesizer that Bolin imported. “Rather Be Alone With You” is a soulful two-minute-long a cappella make-out ballad, while the congas and guitars that open “From Another Time” recall the magical break of 1970’s “Funk #49,” though with a glossier production here and a much-faster tempo. “Mystery” closes the album with another ballad that the band dressed up in sweeping strings.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
34 Ratings
34 Ratings
sezwhom ,

Four Star "Bang"

Forget Troiano departure, this is all about Tommy Bolin's stamp on what was once Joe Walsh's James Gang. Very underrated album. If you know Bolin, his guitar signature plus musical direction is evident on every song. Could easily have been a Bolin solo entry. Lots to like. Standing in the Rain is the opening corker.

Rock7478 ,

James Gang Bang

Best James Gang collection of songs. I still have the original album and CD. This turned me on to Tommy's solo albums.

delz11 ,

My Top 5 Best Albums....ever!!

Tommy Bolin had an incredible knack of putting his stamp on whatever type of music style a band had. This one is no exception. I like James Gang w/Joe Walsh alot but this is my favorite James Gang album. Tommy adds some great solos and nuances but doesn't overshadow James Gang's sound after Joe left. I never get tired of listening to it!

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