Straight Shooter (James Gang album)

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Straight Shooter
Studio album by James Gang
Released July 1972
Recorded Early 1972 at Quadrafonic Sound Studios, Nashville, Tennessee[1]
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 35:15
Label ABC, Probe
Producer James Gang
James Gang chronology
James Gang Live in Concert
(1971)
Straight Shooter
(1972)
Passin' Thru
(1972)

Straight Shooter is the fourth studio album by James Gang, which was released in July 1972 on ABC Records in the US and Probe Records in the UK. This is the first James Gang album recorded after their guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist, Joe Walsh left the band and went on to form the band, Barnstorm. The remaining members, Dale Peters (bass guitar and backing vocals) and Jim Fox (drums and organ) were joined on this album by ex-Bush singer Roy Kenner and guitarist Domenic Troiano. Bush, whose lone album was released in the United States by ABC's subsidiary label Dunhill Records, had broken up at about the same time as Walsh left the James Gang, so Kenner's and Troiano's joining Peters and Fox effectively merged the remnants of the two bands.

Critical Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars [2]

Reviewing for Allmusic, critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote of the album "the band was saddled by a noticeable lack of strong material, since none of the members could write songs with memorable hooks."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Roy Kenner and Domenic Troiano, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Madness"   3:13
2. "Kick Back Man"   4:51
3. "Get Her Back Again" (Domenic Troiano) 2:45
4. "Looking For My Lady"   2:53
5. "Getting Old" (Troiano) 3:43
6. "I'll Tell You Why" (Dale Peters, Troiano) 3:53
7. "Hairy Hypochondriac" (Roy Kenner, Peters, Troiano) 2:57
8. "Let Me Come Home" (Peters, Troiano) 4:59
9. "My Door Is Open"   5:55

Personnel[edit]

  • Roy Kenner – Lead vocals, percussion
  • Domenic Troiano – guitars, lead Vocals on "Getting Old", backing vocals
  • Dale Peters – bass guitar, percussion, backing vocals
  • Jim Fox – drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals
Additional personnel
Engineering
  • Gene Eichelberger - Engineering, Remixing
Cover artwork
  • Jim Flournoy Holmes - Cover artwork
  • David Powell - Cover artwork

Sales chart performance[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard 200 58

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