In the liner notes to the thoroughly excellent James Gang Greatest Hits (2000) compilation, the band’s producer, noted knob-tweaker Bill Szymczyk commented that “Funk #48 “started out as a soundcheck warm-up riff.” The track quickly developed into the infectious greasy R&B flavoured rocker found on the power-trio’s debut effort Yer Album (1969). This well-jammed out side also includes the efforts of the original line-up, featuring Tom Kriss (bass), Jim Fox (drums/vocals) and of course Joe Walsh (guitar/vocals). Their unique sonic assault contrasts other ‘heavy’ groups who began to emerge in the late ‘60s/early ‘70s. The strength of their song writing and ensemble musicianship allowed them to rely on substance rather than sheer power. Case in point: the freewheelin’ vocal improv between Walsh and Fox at the conclusion of the song’s respective verses.
Oh..love me some Joe Walsh...HUGE crush (I always crush on the talented quirky ones..Joe, Andy Partridge, My Husband.....)
Anyway...enough with my crushes, onto the music
The James Gang was a rock band formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1966.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.