James Gang Rides Again

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James Gang Rides Again
James Gang - James Gang Rides Again.jpg
Studio album by James Gang
Released July 1970
Recorded November 1969 at The Record Plant
Genre Hard rock, folk rock
Length 35:09
Label ABC
Producer Bill Szymczyk
James Gang chronology
Yer' Album
James Gang Rides Again

James Gang Rides Again is the second studio album by the American rock band James Gang. The album was released in mid 1970, on the label ABC Records. It is the James Gang's first album to feature bassist Dale Peters.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B–[2]

Writing for AllMusic, critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote of the album "With their second album Rides Again, the James Gang came into their own... 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."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Joe Walsh, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Funk #49" (Fox, Peters, Walsh) 3:54
2. "Asshtonpark" (Fox, Peters, Walsh) 2:01
3. "Woman" (Fox, Peters, Walsh) 4:37
4. "The Bomber: Closet Queen"/ "Boléro"/ "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" (Fox, Peters, Walsh, Maurice Ravel, Vince Guaraldi) 7:04
5. "Tend My Garden" 5:45
6. "Garden Gate" 1:36
7. "There I Go Again" 2:51
8. "Thanks" 2:21
9. "Ashes, the Rain and I" 5:00
  • On the initial pressings of James Gang Rides Again, a 1:25 electric rendition of Maurice Ravel's "Boléro" is interpolated into the song "The Bomber." Ravel's estate threatened suit against both the James Gang and ABC Records for its unauthorized use.[3] As a result, the track was edited, and the "Boléro" section was removed on most subsequent pressings of the album. The edited song's running time on such pressings is 5:39. Some late 70's LP pressings included "Boléro" by mistake, and the most recent CD re-issue of Rides Again contains the full version of "The Bomber," with the "Boléro" section restored.


Guest Musician[edit]


Cultural significance[edit]

James Gang Rides Again's lead track "Funk #49" has become a standard of the "classic rock" period, and has been used in various media, including:

The track "Ashes, the Rain and I" was sampled by Fatboy Slim for the song "Right Here, Right Now".


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "James Gang Rides Again > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Album: James Gang: James Gang Rides Again". Robert Christgau. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  3. '^ Refer to Both Sides Nows ABC Records discography Web site(http://bsnpubs.com/abc/abc700.html).

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