James Gang - The Best Of The James Gang


Analogue Productions



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AAPP 120
UPC: 753088120015
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180 Gram Vinyl Record

180 Gram LP  
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The 10 best songs from the acclaimed Joe Walsh-led trio

Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original analog tapes

Plating and 180-gram pressing by Quality Record Pressings!

Gatefold tip-on jacket by Stoughton Printing

"With the exception of one track, The Best of the James Gang was assembled from analog tape and sounds outstanding. The music demands to be played loud, and the fine mastering by Kevin Gray allows you to turn it up as much as your ears and system allow without any signs of stress from the vinyl." — Music = 4/5; Sound = 4/5; Pressing = 5/5; Jacket = 3.5/5 — Dennis Davis, vinylreviews.com, August 2018

The 10 best songs from 1969's Yer' Album, 1970's Rides Again and 1971's Thirds. The James Gang, formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1966, may be best known as the band that was first to feature guitarist/vocalist Joe Walsh before his rise to stardom as a solo musician and a member of the Eagles.

The James Gang performed with a stylistic versatility, hard-rocking edge and ultra-sharp musicianship. Their power-trio template has never sounded fiercer than on this Analogue Productions 180-gram reissue. Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, pressed at Quality Record Pressings — makers of the world's finest-sounding LPs — and packaged in a tip-on heavyweight jacket from Stoughton Printing, this sterling reissue looks as great as it sounds.

You'll hear James Gang favorites including the FM radio staple "Funk #49," — kick-started by the outspoken declaration "I sleep all day, out all night/I know where you're goin'" — the sexual thrust of the head-bobbing "Woman," and proto-metal slash of the multi-part "The Bomber." The rest of the track list is just as steeped in psychedelic-and-blues-leaning discourse. "Midnight Man," "Stop," "Yadig?" "Take A Look Around," "Funk #48," "Walk Away" and the Jack Nitzsche-orchestrated "Ashes the Rain and I" are rounded out by Walsh's Echoplex-equipped slide guitar, and his trio-mates, band founder Jim Fox on drums, piano and vocals, and bassist Tom Kriss, later replaced by Dale Peters.

The James Gang burning on stage with the audience getting higher and higher. Listen — this is American music — strong, inventive and clean.


1. Walk Away
2. Funk #49
3. Midnight Man
4. The Bomber
- Closet Queen
- Cast Your Fate To The Wind
5. Yadig?
6. Take A look Around
7. Funk #48
8. Woman
9. Ashes, The Rain And I
10. Stop

Customer Reviews (4.00 Stars) 3 person(s) rated this product.

A True Powerhouse!

posted on 03/20/2022
5 Stars
Reviewer: jose
first, forget all previously editions, pressings, remastering,etc. On this album. this is the definitive version. the soundstage on the opener song ' Walk Away' is huge! the clarity, separation and detail is enormous. Kevin Grey did justice to this recording and shamed all previously 'audiophile' recordings (including mofi). kudos to Analogue Productions and Acoustic Sounds for delivering an outstanding product! the gatefold which displays the cover art of the James gang first three albums is a real treat and masterpiece. this is a work of love,art and appreciation for this great american band. Analogue Productions continues to be above the rest of the audiophile competitors!

The Best….

posted on 12/17/2021
5 Stars
Being a big fan of The James Gang from the very beginning, I have always owned a copy of their first three studio albums and the first live album. I never needed to buy the ‘Best Of’ because I already had the music…..Decades later; I now only have them on CD, so a few months ago I found a sealed copy of ‘Rides Again’ from MOFI and it really sounds great…. Then I realized that Analog Productions had done ‘The Best Of’, so naturally I ordered a copy. I can’t begin to express just how amazing this sounds. The MOFI sounds great but this sounds astonishing. I was immediately transported in time, and the sound quality just enveloped the room entirely. Just outstanding on every single level. Absolutely blown away by just how much texture and nuance is revealed. This music sounds as if it were recorded yesterday, and I can’t imagine anyone who loves The James Gang not owning a copy of this edition. Absolutely Brilliant.

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