Monday 1/25/2021 1am ET: Feature LP: James Gang – Thirds (1971)

Thirds is the third studio album by the American rock band James Gang. The album was released in April 1971, on the label ABC Records. It is the last studio album featuring Joe Walsh. “Walk Away” was released as a single, making the Top 40 on at least one national chart, reaching #51 on the Billboard Hot 100, the best placement of a James Gang single. The album reached Gold status in July 1972.

On the liner notes to the LP version of this 1971 album, Joe Walsh is credited with “guitar, vocals, and train wreck”, the latter for his work on the song “Walk Away” as a wry commentary on the multi-tracked, cascading lead guitars that clash as the song fades out.

The Walsh period of the band came to a close with the release of the next album James Gang Live in Concert.

“Walk Away” – 3:32
“Yadig?” – 2:30
“Things I Could Be” – 4:18
“Dreamin’ In The Country” – 2:57
“It’s All The Same” – 4:10
“Midnight Man” – 3:28
“Again” – 4:04
“White Man/Black Man” – 5:39
“Live My Life Again” – 5:26

Joe Walsh – lead, rhythm, pedal steel and slide guitars, vocals, acoustic and electric pianos, keyboards, sound effects, organ,”train wreck”
Dale Peters – electric and upright basses, vocals, vibraphone
Jim Fox – drums, vocals, percussion, piano, organ
Bob Webb – guitars, backing vocals
Tom Baker – horns
Mary Sterpka – backing vocals on “Midnight Man”
The Sweet Inspirations – backing vocals on “White Man/Black Man”