JAMES GANG 'Straight Shooter/Passin' Thru'|
BGO BGOCD662 (2005)
This two-on-one covers two classic albums from 1972/3. Named after the
infamous outlaws Frank and Jesse James, the band was centred around drummer
Jim Fox and famous for onetime featuring guitarists Joe Walsh and Tommy
Bolin. These two albums sit in-between the Walsh/Bolin years. With 6 stringer
Dominic Troiana doing a fine job on both albums.
Kicking off with Straight Shooterís 'Madness' we get a heavy sound with
strong funk and soul sound, almost as if they were an influence on the
mid/late 70s Deep Purple. Some strong bass allows the guitar some freedom
too. 'Get Her Back Again' is more acoustic and doesnít work so well, but
'Looking For My Lady' gets things back on track, and the heaviness there
makes the funk work extremely well.
A couple more poor acoustic tracks make what could have been a strong album
Moving on to Passiní Thru, with opener 'Ainít Seen Nothing Yet' is more
upbeat, with the (uncredited) piano making for a vast improvement in sound.
Still with funk leanings, the album seems to flow more smoothly than the
previous album, and itís more consistent too.
A nice package, but no extras, and the detailed notes seem to concentrate on
the pre-history than these two albums themselves. A must have for fans, but
the more casual listener would be better advised to track down the Walsh or
Review by Joe Geesin