Numbered edition limited to 3,000 copies
Mastered from the original master tapes
Features the radio favorite "Funk #49" and multi-part "Bomber"
Led by future Eagle Joe Walsh, the James Gang establishes a power-trio template for all times on its 1970 sophomore album. Home to the top-down favorite "Funk #49," Rides Again sparks with a stylistic versatility, hard-rocking edge, and balladic vulnerability united by tight-knit musicianship.
The quartet's penchant for crunch-laden boogies and focused jamming pours out on the first half of the record before the band pulls its trick bag out on the second half and injects keyboards into the stylistically varied mix. From start to finish, Rides Again is a 70s rock classic — and, now, one that at last features first-rate sonics to match the music.
Recorded at the then-brand-new Record Plant, the songs sound more authoritative and fun than ever before on Mobile Fidelity's restored digital edition. Mastered from the original analog tapes and strictly limited to 3,000 numbered copies, this Hybrid SACD teems with involving textures, details, and depth hidden from view on prior versions.
Walsh, without question, remains the biggest draw on Rides Again. The FM radio staple "Funk #49" — kick-started by the irresistible declaration "I sleep all day, out all night/I know where you're goin'" — continues to be identified by many as a Walsh solo tune. Yet it, as well as the sexual thrust of the head-bobbing "Woman" and proto-metal slash of the multi-part "The Bomber," fully represents the pure chemistry and locomotive momentum of the James Gang.
With Walsh's Echoplex-equipped slide guitar making psychedelic- and blues-leaning comments, his mates pick up on the direction and answer with melodic responses. Throughout the record, the trio's synergy clicks at every turn.
1. Funk #49
4. The Bomber
5. Tend My Garden
6. Garden Gate
7. There I Go Again
9. Ashes the Rain and I