Thirds is the third studio album by James Gang, released in 1971, and is the last studio album led by 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” for his work on the song “Walk Away”. The third element was 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 live album James Gang Live in Concert.
Writing for Allmusic, critic William Ruhlman wrote the album “though Thirds quickly earned a respectable chart position and eventually went gold, it was not the commercial breakthrough that might have been expected.”
Billboards review stated: “The James Gang has another good one here,…