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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The James Gang's debut LP, Yer' Album, was very much a first record and very much a record of its time. The heavy rock scene of the period was given to extensive jamming, and four tracks ran more than six minutes each. The group had written some material, but they were still something of a cover band, and the disc included their extended workouts on Buffalo Springfield's "Bluebird" and the Yardbirds' "Lost Woman," the latter a nine-minute version complete with lengthy guitar, bass, and drum solos. But in addition to the blues rock there were also touches of pop and progressive rock, mostly from Walsh who displayed a nascent sense of melody, not to mention some of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The James Gang's debut LP, Yer' Album, was very much a first record and very much a record of its time. The heavy rock scene of the period was given to extensive jamming, and four tracks ran more than six minutes each. The group had written some material, but they were still something of a cover band, and the disc included their extended workouts on Buffalo Springfield's "Bluebird" and the Yardbirds' "Lost Woman," the latter a nine-minute version complete with lengthy guitar, bass, and drum solos. But in addition to the blues rock there were also touches of pop and progressive rock, mostly from Walsh who displayed a nascent sense of melody, not to mention some of the taste for being a cutup that he would display in his solo career. Walsh's "Take a Look Around" must have made an impression on Pete Townshend during the period before the album's release when the James Gang was opening for the Who since Townshend borrowed it for the music he was writing for the abortive Lifehouse follow-up to Tommy. If "Wrapcity i.e., Rhapsody in English," a minute-long piano and strings interlude, seems incongruous in retrospect, recall that this was an eclectic era. But the otherwise promising "Fred," which followed, broke down into a pedestrian jazz routine, suggesting that the band was trying to cram too many influences onto one record and sometimes into one song. Nevertheless, they were talented improvisers, as the open-ended album closer, Jerry Ragavoy and Mort Shuman's "Stop," made clear. After ten minutes, Szymczyk faded the track out, but Walsh was still going strong. 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2000
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811228224
  • Catalog Number: 112282
  • Sales rank: 9,393

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction (0:40)
  2. 2 Take a Look Around (6:18)
  3. 3 Funk #48 (2:46)
  4. 4 Bluebird (6:02)
  5. 5 Lost Woman (9:06)
  6. 6 Stone Rap (1:00)
  7. 7 Collage (4:02)
  8. 8 I Don't Have the Time (2:49)
  9. 9 Wrapcity in English - Joe Walsh (0:57)
  10. 10 Fred (4:09)
  11. 11 Stop (12:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Gang Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Joe Walsh Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Jim Fox Organ, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals
Kenneth Hamann Choir, Chorus
Tom Kriss Bass, Flute, Choir, Chorus, Vibes, Group Member
Bill Szymczyk Organ, Maracas, Tambourine, Choir, Chorus, Sounds
Technical Credits
Tom Paxton Composer
James Gang Arranger
Joe Walsh Liner Notes
Roger Waters Composer
Tom Kriss Vibe Master
Bill Szymczyk Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Reissue Producer
Bert de Coteaux String Arrangements
Michael Diehl Reissue Package
Lee Hulko Mastering
Henry Epstein Cover Design
Ladimer Jeric Artwork, Cover Art
Hideki Masubuchi Liner Notes
Byron Goto Collage
James P. McCarty Composer
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