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Yer Album

James Gang, James Gang Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: mca
  • ASIN: B00004TH68
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE GREATEST POWER TRIO'S EVER! 31 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The James Gang had it all, a guitar supremo with a multitude of effects and a stunning rhythm section and this debut pretty much set the tone for the rest of their time with Joe Walsh. The odd ballad, hard rock and a helping of blues with exemplary musicianship. This is a great first album 'lost woman' is the standout (great bass solo) and Walsh's fiery guitar work. A great version of Stephen Stills 'bluebird' and the short and sweet 'funk 48', but what let's it down is an incredibly tedious 'stop' (the faster live version is far, far superior)and the stupid interludes between each song which are just silly. Frankly, this is better than 'rides again' because its straight ahead rock without the acoustic elements (good as they were) that were liberally sprinkled over their other albums.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent debut from the Gang. 24 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
A far more assured and accomplished debut from The James Gang than one might expect from its lame title and even lamer sleeve. A then-unknown(?) Bill Szymczyk helps to mould the group's sound into an entirely acceptable form.

Most of the tracks, as such, on "Yer Album" are really worthwhile. The overall impression is rather let down by the studio "tomfoolery" which glues the whole together and the two slightly over-indulgent jams. Of those two, "Lost Woman" is preferable. "Stop" should have gone ahead and done just that, about halfway through its overlong twelve minutes. However, let's not forget that "Yer Album" also features the great "Take A Look Around", "Funk #48", a very good cover of Buffalo Springfield's "Bluebird", "Collage", "Fred", and "I Don't Have The Time" with its underwater piano.

The James Gang would up the ante on their brilliant follow-up, "The James Gang Ride Again", but "Yer Album" was a extremely creditable starting point for this under-rated group.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece and a brilliant debut. 6 Aug 2004
By Dan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I truly think that this is one of the best albums out there. It has that same feeling as Dark Side of the Moon, Electric Ladyland, and Who's Next have... there is just so much going on and it never stops. This album is just crammed with great music. It has some truly rocking pieces that portray future Walsh stuff to come (Funk 48, Bluebird, I Don't Have the Time), some great use of the organ (Take a Look Around, Fred), some orchestration (Wrapcity in English), acoustic (Collage), and some just plain messing around (Intro, Stone Rap). Then, to top it all off, there are 2 fantastic blues jams, Lost Woman and Stop. That's every song on this album, each one worth listening to either for pleasure or just plain laughs.

Every song is well-produced and great sounding, well-written, and well-arranged within the album. There is not a flaw here. This is Rides Again and then some, this is my album, make it Yer' album too. (huh huh sorry had to do something stupid like that).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great debut from a great band 26 Oct 2004
By caioreach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a fun album to listen to and it sounds as though it was fun for the James Gang to make as well. Because they were having fun with it, Yer Album has a spirited, stoned-out, care free and sometimes dis-jointed feel to it. Yer Album seems spontaneous with a garage band quality. Yet the James Gang are far more talented and polished than any garage band and it shows in their music. There is no doubt that this CD rocks and is made to be played loud. Enjoy!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takin' Another Look Around 25 Jun 2000
By feralduck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This may be the one James Gang album to benefit greatly from remastering. The most sonically dense of the three Joe Walsh studio albums, I found more clarity in the guitars than I have ever heard before, especially on Bluebird. Rides Again and Thirds are also worth the investment, but this album remains my favorite, and radio hasn't played it to death.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STOP!!! 6 Mar 2005
By lumin4 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This 12 minute 7 second song may just well hush

the critics of who the best guitar player in the world

is, and that be "Joe Walsh."

Too bad "James Gang" never got the wide recognition

other bands got during that and this period.

Drummer "Tim Fox's" integration with Walsh's guitar

is simply "magic" and has not been replaced since,

though they have tried!

Get this CD and never let it out of your sight!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not enough superlatives for this one 13 Aug 2008
By P. Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As a native of Columbus OH, I had the privledge of seeing the James Gang BEFORE this album was released--it was my first concert, in the old World Theater on High St. near OSU. Jow Walsh has been my favorite rock musician ever since.
I won't talk about the individual songs--other reviewers have done a great job of that. But I wanted to point out a few things about this record that others have not mentioned, or may not be aware of.
First, just one reviewer pointed out that the vinyl version has, in the very inner groove, the phrase "turn me over" on side 1 and "play me again" on side 2. This shows Joe's clever nature coming through early. If the turntable goes to the last groove, these phrases are repeated until the needle is lifted.
Or could that have been Bill Szymczyk, the record's producer? That's the guy Joe has the exchange with on "Stone Rap". Wanna buy a duck? Of course, Bill went on to produce for many big time artists, including the Eagles and The Who. Was it also Bill's idea to have a backward guitar riff in the opening of "Bluebird"? Or was that Joe? How about the words that serve as preamble to Funk #48 (which in my opinion is better than #49)?
Some reviewers commented on the bass work. The bass player on Yer Album was Tom Kriss, who was replaced (quit the band? I don't know) before Rides Again. I think Kriss is as good as Entwistle (who, by the way, had Joe play guitar on at least one of his solo albums). Kriss and bandmates understood (as did The Who) that a bass guitar is a GUITAR and can play a second lead line. Indeed, that's the way Jimmy Fox played the drums.
Finally, it is interesting to note that the pictures of the band members on the cover were taken in Kent, OH, next to the bridge over the Cuyahoga River (yes, the one of "catches on fire" fame). Joe was a student at Kent State for a while, and although I don't think he was taking classes at the time, he was present on campus when the National Guard opened fire and killed 4 and wounded several others. (See the inside liner of "So What" for a photo).
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