James Gang In 1971 Is Prime Example Why We Love The 70s
via Beat-Club / Youtube
Relive the glory days of James Gang in their epic performance of their hit, “Walk Away.”
In 1971, The James Gang released the album Thirds, which included their highest-charting hit, “Walk Away.” It reached number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100. After the release of their live album, Joe Walsh left the band to start his group, Barnstorm. Later on, he would join the Eagles which will give him the biggest boost of his music career.
The band’s lineup that is most recognized was Joe Walsh, Jim Fox, and Dale Peters; James Gang went through several lineup changes, including the addition of Tommy Bolin. The former lineup yielded classic songs from the band, including their signature hit, “Walk Away.”
“Walk Away” is a combination of strong rock and funk, with a touch of soul music thrown in for good measure. Walsh’s guitar style features several sorts of distortion which included a slide guitar section. The lyrics are about the ending of a relationship that you need to get out of. The song reached no. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1971, and is often cited by critics as one of James Gang’s well-beloved tunes ever.
The band below can be seen performing the song inside Beat-Club, a German music TV program. Aside from the trio’s perfect chemistry, who wouldn’t adore Walsh’s guitar work? This is peak 70s if we must presume.