5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 31 January 2004
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.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2008
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.