Formed in 1967 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, the embryonic James Gang comprised Glenn Schwartz (guitar/vocals), Tom Kriss (bass/vocals) and Jim Fox (drums/vocals). Schwartz left in April 1969 to join Pacific Gas And Electric, but Joe Walsh (Joseph Fidler Walsh, 20 November 1947, Wichita, Kansas, USA) proved a more than competent replacement. Yer Album blended originals with excellent interpretations of material drawn from Buffalo Springfield (Bluebird) and the Yardbirds (Lost Woman). The band enjoyed the approval of Pete Townshend, who admired their mature cross-section of British and west coast rock. Dale Peters replaced Kriss for Rides Again, an excellent, imaginative amalgamation of rock, melody and instrumental dexterity. Here Walsh emerged as the bands director, particularly on the second side, which also marked his maturation as a songwriter. Keyboards were added to create a dense, yet more fluid sound as the band...
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