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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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James Gang Bang

Thank God my older bro turned me on to this stuff at the ripe old age of 13

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This is the James Gang with out Joe Walsh on Lead or even in the band but Tommy Bolin on Lead and he's great, I like Walsh better, But this is a must have album!!

Favorite James Gang Album

I grew up listening to the James Gang and loved all their stuff, but this is my favorite JG album of all. The vocal harmonies are tight, and Tommy Bolin makes the guitar sing. The selections on this album seem more diverse than the preceding JG LP's. This is one of those albums where every song on it leaves you wanting more. It was great to find it here on iTunes!


Formed: 1966 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '90s, '00s

With the emergence of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience during the late '60s, the path was cleared for other hard-rockin' "trios." Arguably, the finest to emerge from the subsequent American crop was the James Gang. Despite penning a few of classic rock radio's most enduring songs, the James Gang ultimately failed to deliver on their initial promise, as constant lineup juggling ultimately derailed the group. The Gang's roots stretch back to 1966 in Cleveland, OH, where drummer Jim Fox formed...
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