James Gang – The Best Of The James Gang… featuring Joe Walsh (1973) [APO Remaster 2019]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 49:58 minutes | Scans included | 2,03 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,09 GB
The James Gang was an American rock band formed in Kent, Ohio in 1966. The band went through a variety of line-up changes until they recorded their first album as a power trio consisting of Joe Walsh (guitars, lead vocals), Tom Kriss (bass) and Jim Fox (drums). Dale Peters replaced Kriss on bass for the band’s second and third albums. The band had two hit songs, “Funk #49” and “Walk Away”, which continue to be popular on classic rock and AOR stations. In 1972, Walsh left to pursue a solo career and would later join the Eagles. The band continued on with a variety of other guitarists and lead singers to replace Walsh, but failed to produce a hit song over the course of six more studio albums and broke up in 1977. Various incarnations have reformed for several reunions since then.
On this compilation you’ll hear James Gang favorites including the FM radio staple “Funk #49,” – kick-started by the outspoken declaration “I sleep all day, out all nightI know where you’re goin'” – the sexual thrust of the head-bobbing “Woman,” and proto-metal slash of the multi-part “The Bomber.” The rest of the track list is just as steeped in psychedelic-and-blues-leaning discourse. “Midnight Man,” “Stop,” “Yadig?” “Take A Look Around,” “Funk #48,” “Walk Away” and the Jack Nitzsche-orchestrated “Ashes the Rain and I” are rounded out by Walsh’s Echoplex-equipped slide guitar, and his trio-mates, band founder Jim Fox on drums, piano and vocals, and bassist Tom Kriss, later replaced by Dale Peters. The James Gang burning on stage with the audience getting higher and higher. Listen — this is American music — strong, inventive and clean.
01. Walk Away
02. Funk #49
03. Midnight Man
04. The Bomber – Closet Queen – Cast Your Fate To The Wind
06. Take A look Around
07. Funk #48
09. Ashes, The Rain And I
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original analog tapes.
The image ripped direct and unretouched using an Oppo BDP-105D, Sonore ISO2DSD, and sacd_extract.