by James Gang


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The James Gang Rides Again set the stage for the group's third album to propel them to Top Ten, headliner status, but that didn't happen. The band was on its last legs, rent by dissension as Walsh became the focus of attention, and the appropriately titled Thirds reflected the conflict. Among the nine original songs, four were contributed by Walsh, two each by bass player Dale Peters and drummer Jim Fox, and one was a group composition. But it was Walsh's songs that stood out. His "Walk Away," was the first single, and it climbed into the Top 40 in at least one national chart, the group's only 45 to do that well. "Midnight Man," the follow-up single, was another Walsh tune, and it also made the charts. The Fox and Peters compositions were a step down in quality, particularly Peters'. But the problem wasn't just material, it was also musical approach. James Gang Rides Again had emphasized the band's hard rock sound, which was its strong suit. But they had never given up the idea of themselves as an eclectic unit, and Thirds was their most diverse effort yet, with pedal steel guitar, horn and string charts, and backup vocals by the Sweet Inspirations turning up on one track or another. At a time when Walsh was being hailed as a guitar hero to rank with the best rock had to offer, he was not only submerging himself in a group with inferiors, but also not playing much of the kind of lead guitar his supporters were raving about. As a result, though Thirds quickly earned a respectable chart position and eventually went gold, it was not the commercial breakthrough that might have been expected.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2000
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811202224
catalogNumber: 112022
Rank: 9146

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Gang   Primary Artist
Joe Walsh   Guitar,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Sweet Inspirations   Vocals
Tom Baker   Horn
Jim Fox   Organ,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Vibes
Dale Peters   Bass,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Upright Bass,Group Member
Mary Sterpka   Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Bob Webb   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jimmy Fox   Organ,Drums,Vocals,Vibes,Tack Piano,Group Member

Technical Credits

James Gang   Producer
Joe Walsh   Sound Effects,Producer
Tom Baker   Horn Arrangements
Jim Fox   Producer,Contributor,Liner Notes
Don Gehman   Live Sound
Kenneth Hamann   Engineer
Dale Peters   Producer,Liner Notes
Bill Szymczyk   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Tom Wright   Cover Design,Original Photography
Eddie Youngblood   Engineer
Jimmy Fox   Violin Arrangement
John Tobler   Liner Notes
Junie Osaki   Reissue Design
Tom Wilkes   Cover Design
Philip Melnick   Original Photography
Barry Feinstein   Cover Design
Patrick Cullie   Cover Design

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