Bang

Bang

by James Gang
     
 

With guitarist Domenic Troiano out of the picture, the post-Joe Walsh James Gang was able to take their career off life support temporarily by adding guitarist Tommy Bolin beginning with this 1973 release. Having just dissolved his short-lived fusion band Energy, Bolin's creative playing injects a little …  See more details below

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With guitarist Domenic Troiano out of the picture, the post-Joe Walsh James Gang was able to take their career off life support temporarily by adding guitarist Tommy Bolin beginning with this 1973 release. Having just dissolved his short-lived fusion band Energy, Bolin's creative playing injects a little Miles and Mahavishnu into the usually rocking Gang, most noticeably on "From Another Time." Staccato guitar lines and congas begin the song, an old-style James Gang boogie fills the middle, and then a sound effect explosion abruptly brings it all to a jarring, nonsensical close. It's all of the album's problems in a nutshell since the knotty and the normal are at odds throughout, although there are many moments to remember. Even if Bolin's wistful "Alexis" doesn't fit with the other tracks it's a highlight, as is the opening rocker "Standing in the Rain" where conmen ("Your note said you went to Charleston/But I know you went to New Mexico) and cretins ("You left behind a dead father/A sick mother and 4 younger kids") are forced to face up to love. Bang feels less like a band album and more like talented studio musicians on the loose, but die-hard fans of either the Gang or the late Bolin will enjoy it, if only in fits and starts.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
Label:
Rhino Flashback
UPC:
0081227988029
catalogNumber:
7037
Rank:
38108

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Gang   Primary Artist
Tommy Bolin   Synthesizer,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Moog Synthesizer
Jim Fox   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Roy Kenner   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Dale Peters   Bass,Percussion,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Fuzz Bass

Technical Credits

James Gang   Producer
Ed Caraeff   Art Direction
Tom Dowd   Remixing
Jim Fox   Contributor
Kenneth Hamann   Engineer,Remixing
Jimmie Haskell   String Arrangements
David Larkham   Art Direction

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