James Gang – James Gang Rides Again (1970) [MFSL 2017]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 35:04 minutes | Scans included | 1,41 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 722 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2195
With their second album Rides Again, the James Gang came into their own. Under the direction of guitarist Joe Walsh, the group – now featuring bassist Dale Peters – began incorporating keyboards into their hard rock, which helped open up their musical horizons. For much of the first side of Rides Again, the group tear through a bunch of boogie numbers, most notably the heavy groove of “Funk #49.” On the second side, the James Gang departs from their trademark sound, adding keyboard flourishes and elements of country-rock to their hard rock. 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.
01. Funk #49
04. The Bomber
05. Tend My Garden
06. Garden Gate
07. There I Go Again
09. Ashes The Rain And I
Mastered by Rob LoVerde at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA.