Q - 3/92, p.883 Stars
- Good - "...effective guitar arrangements that mixed country swing, strummed acoustic, chunky electric and some fluid soloing..."
The James Gang: Joe Walsh (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Dale Peters (guitar, bass); Jim Fox (drums, percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Rusty Young (pedal steel guitar).
Personnel: Joe Walsh (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Dale Peters (vocals, guitar, percussion); Jim Fox (vocals, organ, keyboards, drums, percussion); Rusty Young (steel guitar); Jack Nitzsche (strings).
Liner Note Authors: Dale Peters; Hideki Masubuchi; Joe Walsh ; Jim Fox.
Recording information: Artisan Sound Recorders; East & West; East & West Mastering; Record Plant.
Illustrators: Bob Lockhard; Bob Lockhart.
Photographers: Tom Wright ; Tom Wright.
Arranger: James Gang.
By virtue of containing "Funk #49," if for no other reason, RIDES AGAIN, the second album from Cleveland rockers the James Gang, was one of the templates for '70s American blues/boogie rock. While there's no denying that cuts like the aforementioned iconic riff monster and the driving "Woman" are full of long-haired, shirtless, amps-on-11 abandon, there are a number of acoustic-based moments on the album as well, making it plain that neither singer/guitarist Joe Walsh, nor the rest of the James Gang, were one-trick ponies. The folky fingerpicking of "Ashes, the Rain and I" and the easygoing strum of "There I Go Again" provide a nice contrast to the band's harder-edged tunes.