James Gang Rides Again

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James Gang Rides Again
James Gang - James Gang Rides Again.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1970
RecordedNovember 1969
StudioThe Record Plant
Genre
Length35:09
LabelABC
ProducerBill Szymczyk
James Gang chronology
Yer' Album
(1969)
James Gang Rides Again
(1970)
Thirds
(1971)

James Gang Rides Again (alternatively known as simply Rides Again)[1] is the second studio album by 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
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[3]

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."[2] Music critic John Swenson named it "one of the most important rock records of the Seventies."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Joe Walsh, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
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" (Peters, Walsh)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.[5] 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.

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Bill Szymczyk – produce, engineer, remastering
  • Ted Jensen – remastering
  • Dale Peters – liner notes
  • Jim Fox – liner notes
  • Tom Wright – photography

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".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rides Again by James Gang". iTunes. 31 December 1969. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "James Gang Rides Again > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: J". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 27, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 189.
  5. ^ Refer to Both Sides Now's ABC Records discography Web site (http://bsnpubs.com/abc/abc700.html).