James Gang Rides Again
|James Gang Rides Again|
|Studio album by|
|Studio||The Record Plant|
|James Gang chronology|
James Gang Rides Again (alternatively known as simply Rides Again) 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.
|Christgau's Record Guide||B–|
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." Music critic John Swenson named it "one of the most important rock records of the Seventies."
All tracks written by Joe Walsh, except where noted.
|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|
|7.||"There I Go Again"||2:51|
|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. 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.
- Joe Walsh – guitars, vocals, keyboards, piano, percussion, liner notes
- Dale Peters – bass guitars, vocals, guitars, keyboards, percussion
- Jim Fox – drums, vocals, percussion, keyboards, organ, piano
- Rusty Young – pedal steel guitar (7)
- Bill Szymczyk – produce, engineer, remastering
- Ted Jensen – remastering
- Dale Peters – liner notes
- Jim Fox – liner notes
- Tom Wright – photography
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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:
- in the 1998 film Rounders
- in the 1999 movie "Detroit Rock City" When Drummer Jam steps off of the bus dressed in K mart clothing, only to see his friends and bandmates snickering and laughing away.
- in the 2000 television drama The '70s
- The end credits of the 2001 film Joe Dirt
- in the 2002 documentary film Dogtown and Z-Boys
- in the 2004 drama film House of D
- in the 2005 horror film The Devil's Rejects
- in the sixth-season episode Soprano Home Movies of the HBO drama series The Sopranos.
- in the 2006 comedy film Artie Lange's Beer League.
- in the 2008 drama film Sleepwalking.
- in the 2016 film War Dogs
- in a sample at the opening of NOFX's song "Straight Edge," from their album White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean.
- in the video game Test Drive Unlimited.
- in the video game Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned.
- in the video game Rock Band (as downloadable content).
- in the video game Rocksmith (as downloadable content).
- during the closing credits of the Season 1 finale of Entourage.
- in commercials for Fox Sports 1.
- "Rides Again by James Gang". iTunes. 31 December 1969. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "James Gang Rides Again > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
- 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.
- Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 189.
- Refer to Both Sides Now's ABC Records discography Web site (http://bsnpubs.com/abc/abc700.html).