‘Analog Man,' the first solo album in 20 years from Joe Walsh, has points of nostalgia as you might expect, but there is perhaps no moment more directly wired to the past than ‘Funk 50.’ Coming in at just a shade under the two minute mark, the blitzing guitar rocker bares more than just a passing resemblance to its famous cousin, ‘Funk #49’ by the James Gang.
The James Gang
During a conversation with Ultimate Classic Rock, Walsh revealed that the expanded edition will have two bonus tracks, one of which is a previously unreleased jam featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Little Richard paired with Walsh's old Northeast Ohio rock outfit, The James Gang.
The James Gang were huge in their hometown of Cleveland, but in some circles still might be best known as being the first major band of future Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. (Other notable James Gang members at various points included Deep Purple guitarist Tommy Bolin and Donnie Iris & The Cruisers/Wild Cherry member Mark Avsec.)
For more than a decade, the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio has been an oasis of musical discovery for music fans, booking and presenting over six thousand shows. As they celebrate their 12th anniversary, they’re remembering 12 key moments from the club’s history, including the magical day that the venue served as the meeting place for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.