Yer' Album

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Yer' Album
Studio album by The James Gang
Released March 29, 1969
Recorded January 1969 at The Hit Factory in New York
Genre Rock, Hard rock
Length 49:40
Label Bluesway/ABC
BLS 6034
Producer Bill Szymczyk
The James Gang chronology
Yer' Album
(1969)
James Gang Rides Again
(1970)

Yer' Album is the debut studio album by the American rock band, James Gang. The album was released in early 1969, on the labels Bluesway, and ABC. This is the James Gang's only album to feature their bassist Tom Kriss, he was later replaced by Dale Peters for their next album. The album is notable for being the first album to feature guitarist, Joe Walsh, whom would later achieve great success as a solo artist, and with the Eagles.

In the locked groove at the end of side 1 of the LP version of the album (which is normally silent on most phonograph records), the spoken phrase "Turn me over" repeats in a loop, while the locked groove at the end of side 2 repeats the phrase "Play me again".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

Writing for AllMusic, critic William Ruhlman wrote the album "Yer' Album contained much to suggest that the James Gang, in particular its guitarist, had a great future, even if it was more an album of performances than compositions."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Introduction" (Bert de Coteaux, Jim Fox, Bill Szymczyk) 0:40
2. "Take a Look Around" (Joe Walsh) 6:18
3. "Funk #48" (Fox, Tom Kriss, Walsh) 2:46
4. "Bluebird" (Stephen Stills) 6:02
5. "Lost Woman" (Jeff Beck, Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty, Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith) 9:06
Side Two
No. Title Length
1. "Stone Rap" (Fox, Kriss, Szymczyk, Walsh) 1:00
2. "Collage" (Patrick Cullie, Walsh) 4:02
3. "I Don't Have the Time" (Fox, Walsh) 2:49
4. "Wrapcity in English" (Walsh) 0:57
5. "Fred" (Walsh) 4:09
6. "Stop" (Jerry Ragovoy, Mort Shuman) 12:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Joe Walsh – guitars, keyboards, piano, vocals.
  • Tom Kriss – bass guitar, flute, vibraphone, vocals.
  • Jim Fox – drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals.

Production[edit]

  • Joe Walsh, Bill Szymczyk: Producer.
  • James Gang, Bill Szymczyk, Bert de Coteaux: Arrangers.
  • Bill Szymczyk: Engineer.
  • Denis Minervini: Assistant engineer.
  • Henry Epstein: Cover design.
  • Ladimer Jeric: Cover Art.
  • Bill Szymczyk: Photography.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruhlman, William. "Yer' Album > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 29, 1970). "Consumer Guide (7)". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved April 29, 2013.