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Editors’ Notes

The third and final studio album Joe Walsh made with the James Gang before departing for a lucrative solo career, Thirds shows the group moving in two directions simultaneously. “Walk Away” is the rightful heir to “Funk #49,” a song replete with the brand of bare-knuckle riffs and boot-stomping hooks that had come to define the trio in the eyes of the public. The end of the song features one of Walsh’s most wonderfully twisted guitar passages, but he was still anxious that he was being pigeonholed, and therefore used the remainder to explore drastically different atmospheres. There is the vibraphonic jazz of “Yadig?,” the gospel soul of “White Man/Black Man” and the twinkling rustic country of “Dreamin’ In the Country.” It was obvious that Walsh was bored with meaty guitar riffs, which is one of the reasons he left the group to concentrate on the kind of dynamic, heavily arranged rock music represented by “It’s All the Same” and “Again.” While it lacks the lean attack of Rides Again, Thirds is the Gang’s most well-rounded album, and a rollicking portrait of Walsh’s ever-expanding musical viewpoint.

Customer Reviews

Yadig?

This is a great album, and I thoroughly enjoy listening to it. Walk Away and Midnight Man are the "classics" but Dreamin' In the Country is my favorite. Listen to this in its entirety, from start to finish and you can't really go wrong.

A Good Album,but...

Where the hell is "James Gang Rides Again"? Their seminal effort is missing from your lineup here.

wide range

while Joe Walsh stands out, the album covers a wide genre. good album to listen to. certainly did while in college in the early 70's

Biography

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...
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