James Gang Rides Again

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James Gang Rides Again
Studio album by James Gang
ReleasedJuly 1970
RecordedNovember 1969 at The Record Plant
GenreRock, hard rock
Length35:09
LabelABC
ProducerBill Szymczyk
James Gang chronology
Yer' Album
(1969)
James Gang Rides Again
(1970)
Thirds
(1971)
 
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James Gang Rides Again
Studio album by James Gang
ReleasedJuly 1970
RecordedNovember 1969 at The Record Plant
GenreRock, hard rock
Length35:09
LabelABC
ProducerBill Szymczyk
James Gang chronology
Yer' Album
(1969)
James Gang Rides Again
(1970)
Thirds
(1971)

James Gang Rides Again is the second album by American rock band James Gang, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music). It is the band's first album to feature bassist Dale Peters.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB–[2]

Writing for Allmusic, critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote of the album "With their second album Rides Again, the James Gang came into their own... Walsh's songwriting had improved, giving the band solid support for their stylistic experiments. What ties the two sides of the record together is the strength of the band's musicianship, which burns brightly and powerfully on the hardest rockers, as well as on the sensitive ballads."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Funk #49" (Fox, Peters, Walsh) – 3:54
  2. "Asshton Park" (Fox, Peters, Walsh) – 2:01
  3. "Woman" (Fox, Peters, Walsh) – 4:37
  4. "The Bomber: Closet Queen" (Fox, Peters, Walsh) / "Boléro" (Maurice Ravel)* / "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" (Vince Guaraldi) – 7:04
  5. "Tend My Garden" (Walsh) – 5:45
  6. "Garden Gate" (Walsh) – 1:36
  7. "There I Go Again" (Walsh) – 2:51
  8. "Thanks" (Walsh) – 2:21
  9. "Ashes, the Rain and I" (Peters, Walsh) – 5:00

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

Cultural significance[edit]

James Gang Rides Again's lead track "Funk #49" has become a standard of the "classic rock" period, and has been used in various media, including:

The song has been available for download for the game Rock Band since December 30, 2008.

The track "Ashes, the Rain and I" was sampled by Fatboy Slim for the song "Right Here, Right Now".

Rock Band Music Gaming Platform[edit]

The song "Funk #49" was updated and made available to download on March 1, 2011 for use in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode which takes advantage of the use of a real guitar / bass guitar, along with standard MIDI-compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to up to three-part harmony vocals.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "James Gang Rides Again > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Album: James Gang: James Gang Rides Again". Robert Christgau. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  3. '^ Refer to Both Sides Nows ABC Records discography Web site(http://bsnpubs.com/abc/abc700.html).
  4. ^ Gaddo, Kyle (2011-02-25). "Eleven Legacy Rock Band Tracks Getting PRO Upgrades On Monday". The Gaming Vault. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 

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