LP 459 / JAMES GANG - 16 great hits

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LP 459 - James Gang DBL LP FOC - 1973 USA / Vinyl; 2 x EX - Cover; VG+ slitt --------------- Genres; Rock, hard rock Years active; 1966–1977, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2005–06, 2012 --------------- The James Gang was a rock band formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1966.[2] The band enjoyed moderate success with the singles "Funk #49" and "Walk Away," and are perhaps best remembered as the first popular band to feature the guitarist/vocalist Joe Walsh, who later became a member of the Eagles. ---------- History James Gang, ca. 1970, from the James Gang Rides Again photo session Left to right: Jim Fox, Dale Peters, Joe Walsh. The James Gang in 1976. Left to Right: Bob Webb, Phil Giallombardo, Jim Fox & Dale Peters Drummer Jim Fox first played with the Cleveland area band The Outsiders but left them in 1965 to attend college. After they scored a national hit the following year with "Time Won't Let Me," Fox returned temporarily to play with them after their other drummer was drafted. After leaving them to return to school once again, Fox, heavily influenced by the sound of British outfits, such as The Beatles, The Who and The Yardbirds, began to think about forming his own band, teaming up with schoolmate Ronnie Silverman (guitar), bassist Tom Kriss and keyboardist Phil Giallombardo. Reportedly, it was Silverman who suggested their name, "James Gang." The James Gang's earliest lineup consisted of drummer Fox, Tom Kriss (bass), Ronnie Silverman (guitar), Phil Giallombardo (vocals, keyboards) and, after auditioning some twenty five candidates for lead guitar, the band decided to go with Greg Grandillo (who was later with another popular Cleveland outfit Rainbow Canyon), who was quickly replaced by Dennis Chandler, who was then succeeded by John "Mouse" Michalski (from the Count Five, who'd just scored a national hit with "Psychotic Reaction"). But Fox was still not entirely happy with the lineup. A short time later, Fox was invited to auditions for a nine piece rhythm and blues outfit that was being assembled. Fox initially declined the offer but changed his mind when he heard the local guitar legend Glen Schwartz, who was fresh out of the army, was to be in attendance. After hearing Schwartz play and hearing that two of his influences were the Spencer Davis Group and Jeff Beck, Fox was knocked out and invited Schwartz to join the James Gang. Michalski, however, was not as enthused about Glen's playing as Fox was and left the Gang right then and there. Ronnie Silverman soon departed as well to enter the military. Bill Jeric was then brought in to play alongside Schwartz. Unfortunately, no recordings were ever released by any of these early lineups of the band. Around Christmastime of 1967, Schwartz, who turned out to be AWOL from the army and was breaking up with his wife, decided to leave the band to move to California, where he ended up forming Pacific Gas & Electric.[2] Just days later, shortly after the new year of 1968 had dawned, a friend of Schwartz's, Joe Walsh (from a fellow band called The Measles), knocked on Fox's door and asked to be given a tryout as Glen's replacement. Walsh was accepted and the band continued as a five piece for a short time until Giallombardo, who was still in high school at the time, left. Jeric and Walsh worked together on guitar parts but Jeric ended up leaving as well in the spring of 1968. He was then replaced by a returning Ronnie Silverman, who had been discharged from the military. In May 1968, the group played a concert in Detroit at Motown's Grande Ballroom opening for Cream. At the last minute, Silverman informed the others that he would not be joining them at the show. The band, desperately in need of the money, took to the stage as a trio. They liked their sound as a threesome and decided to remain that way. In 1968 the band signed with manager Mark Barger, who was handling the career of a fellow Ohio outfit The Lemon Pipers, who had just scored a big hit with "Green Tambourine." Barger put the Gang in touch with ABC Records staff producer Bill Szymczyk, who signed them to ABC's new Bluesway Records subsidiary in January 1969. In March 1969 the band, now consisting of Fox, Kriss and Walsh and produced by Szymczyk, released its debut LP, Yer' Album.[2][3] Later in 1969, Szymczyk was music coordinator for the George Englund movie Zachariah (which was eventually released in 1971), based on the novel Siddhartha by writer Hermann Hesse. Szymczyk arranged for the band to appear in the movie, with two James Gang songs, "Laguna Salada" and "Country Fever," also being used. For the recording of these two songs, vocalist Kenny Weiss was brought in as a means of allowing Walsh to focus on his guitar playing. Weiss, however, was gone by the time the group arrived in Mexico to film their scenes in the movie. "Laguna Salada" and "Country Fever" later reappeared as bonus tracks on the 2000 re-release of The James Gang Greatest Hits.[4] In November 1969 bassist Tom Kriss decided he was no longer into the music and left to be replaced by Dale Peters, who was brought in from another group called E.T. Hooley. In July 1970 the band released its second album James Gang Rides Again, which included the popular single "Funk #49." In the spring of 1970, the band opened for The Who during a U.S. tour and their guitarist Pete Townshend was so impressed with them he invited the Gang to open for The Who on their fall tour of the United Kingdom. In July 1971 the Gang returned to tour Europe. [2] During their heyday, the Gang also shared the stage with artists like Grand Funk Railroad, Kinks, Humble Pie, Three Dog Night, Led Zeppelin and many more. But after two more albums, 1971's Thirds and the live album James Gang Live in Concert released later that same year, Walsh, who was tired of the pressure of doing the lion's share of the writing and singing and being the lone melodic instrument in the trio, left the band in December 1971 to relocate to the mountains of Colorado

LP-966 / JAMES GANG - The Best Of

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S GANG - The Best Of - 1973 Usa Vinyl; EX / Cover; EX- ( noe kant wear )