CMJ - 6/19/00, p.25
"...Joe Walsh's flashy playing is packed with plenty of his trademark personality, but the rhythm section is the Gang's real treasure, capable of both rock-solid precision and funking up s groove."
Personnel includes: Joe Walsh (vocals, 6- & 12-string guitars, piano, organ); Jim Fox (vocals, drums, percussion); Kenny Weiss, Mary Sterpka (vocals); Dale Peters (guitar, bass, background vocals); Tom Kriss (bass); Bill Szymczyk (tambourine, maracas); Bob Webb (background vocals).
Producers: Bill Szymczyk, The James Gang.
Recording information: Cleveland Recording; HIt Factory; Record Plant East; Record Plant West.
Though they weren't among the biggest names in '70s rock, Cleveland band The James Gang undeniably made their mark, with bluesy riff-rockers like "Funk #49" and "Walk Away" becoming classic-rock radio staples. Though the band continued for several years with equally distinctive guitarists after leader Joe Walsh left in the early '70s, the Walsh period is regarded as the band's real heyday, and is the focus of this collection, where hard-charging boogie rock is occasionally leavened by more low-key, reflective moments like "Tend My Garden" and "Collage."