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When Roy Kenner and Tommy Bolin left the James Gang in 1974, the group’s powerhouse rhythm section — drummer Jim Fox and bassist Dale Peters, who had driven the group since 1969 — finally decided to throw in towel. However, a meeting with Texas-reared vocalist Bubba Keith changed their minds, and they reformed the group in 1975 to record Newborn. Keith was a lusty howler in the mold of Paul Rodgers, and he made the group feel ripped in a way they hadn’t since Joe Walsh’s departure. To fill the vacant guitar chair they hired Richard Shack, who knew Fox and Peters from their days together at Cleveland Heights High. Having a native Clevelander in the group definitely brought the group back to its roots, and Newborn adopts a resolutely back-to-basics approach. The band’s dry, thrusting attack is akin to Bad Company and Foreigner and other giants of the day. The big-block groove hums on “Red Satin Lover,” “Shoulda Seen Your Face,” “Driftin Dreamer” and “Earthshaker,” all of which benefit from the naturalistic touch of legendary Atlantic engineer Tom Dowd.

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Nothing New Born

Completely disagree with previous poster who says skip the Bolin contribution to The James Gang. Bang is a very good album and the test of time has definitely favored that album over anything afterwards. Newborn is an attempt to find some previous James Gang magic but it falls well short and was quickly forgotten. Hey, nothing against these guys but the end was near for Fox and Peters. In fact, EarthShaker and Merry Go Round could have fit into "Miami" with a little Tommy influence thrown in to make them both sound better.

Possibly their best!

Despite public indifference at the time this was released, this is very strong record. Great songs coupled with muscular playing and singing should have thrown these guys back to the top. Sadly this was not the case, but if you are a fan of this group, buy this now!!! P. S. Skip the Bolin
stuff, it's severely boring......

James Gang reborn

This may not rank as one of their best albums but it's a solid effort despite a major shakeup in their lineup. For a band that was about to call it quits there is a lot of energy and excitement. Richard Shack and Bubba Keith are a good fit for Dale & Jim's solid rhythms and the back to basics approach was a smart choice. It never hurts to have the great Tom Dowd at the helm. For those who feel it necessary to either tear down earlier incarnations of the band or compare it to their other albums misses the point. This is solid 70's rock album and taken on its own holds up well against the sum of this great band's career.


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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  • $6.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock
  • Released: 1975

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