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Grand Funk Railroad — Greatest Hits (April 4, 2006)

Grand Funk Railroad — Greatest Hits (April 4, 2006)

    Grand Funk Railroad — Greatest Hits (April 4, 2006)
Formed: 1968 in Flint, MI
Location: Jupiter, Florida ˜ North Carolina
Genre/Style: Hard Rock / Blues Rock / Funk Rock
Album release: April 4, 2006
Record Label: Capitol
Duration:     69:38    
01. We’re An American Band     3:27    
02. Time Machine     3:45
03. Walk Like A Man (Brewer/Farner)     4:05
04. Some Kind Of Wonderful (John Ellison)      3:23
05. Shinin’ On (Brewer/Farner)      5:56
06. Heartbreaker     6:35
07. Rock ‘n’ Roll Soul     3:30
08. The Loco–Motion (Gerry Goffin/Carole King)     2:46
09. Footstompin’ Music     3:47
10. Mean Mistreater (live)     4:56
11. Take Me     5:07
12. Bad Time     2:56
13. I’m Your Captain     10:00
14. Inside Looking Out (Eric Burdon/Chas Chandler)     9:31
)°—  All songs written and composed by Mark Farner except where noted.
)°—  Don Brewer Drums, Member of Attributed Artist
)°—  John Ellison Composer
)°—  Mark Farner Guitar, Member of Attributed Artist, Vocals
)°—  Lynn Goldsmith Photography
)°—  Jimmy Ienner Producer
)°—  Terry Knight & the Pack Producer
)°—  Chris Kro Design, Illustrations
)°—  Alan Lomax Arranger
)°—  Cheryl Pawelski Compilation Producer
)°—  Tom Recchion Art Direction
)°—  Todd Rundgren Producer
)°—  Mel Schacher Guitar (Bass), Member of Attributed Artist
)°—  David K. Tedds Compilation Producer, Liner Notes
)°—  Robert Vosgien Mastering
Current personnel: Tim Cashion, Bruce Kulick, Don Brewer, Max Carl, Mel Schacher AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett;  Score: ****½
)°—  Grand Funk Railroad took their veiled Motown/Stax influences and grafted them onto a fuzz~drenched hard blues–rock template, and muffler dragging roared out of Flint, Michigan like the little engine that could, confounding the critics and building an impressive record sales portfolio in the 1970s by giving their ardent, blue~collar fans no more and no less than what was expected of them. Distilled into a 14~track greatest~hits set like this one, it’s easy to see that Grand Funk (they dropped — then re~added — the “Railroad” part of their name as the juggernaut rolled on) was essentially a singles band (although their albums did phenomenally well back in the day) with not a whole lot to say but a knack for saying it really well, which, when you think about it, is usually a sure ticket into the Top 40. Greatest Hits has all the essential jukebox fare (lacking only their so~so cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”), including the clichéd but emotionally right “Heartbreaker,” everybody’s favorite guilty pleasure, the mock epic “I’m Your Captain,” and a pair of pop~soul gems, the group’s cover of the Soul Brothers Six’s “Some Kind of Wonderful,” and Mark Farner’s best~ever song, the marvelous “Bad Time,” which came complete with cellos and fuzz guitar. For most, this single~disc collection will be more than adequate, but listeners looking for the complete Grand Funk story should check out Capitol’s three~disc “Thirty Years of Funk: 1969~1999” from 1999, or the four~disc “Trunk of Funk”, also from Capitol, released in 2002. The very best is here, though.                                    
)°—  Donald George “Don” Brewer (born September 3, 1948 in Flint, Michigan) is the drummer and co~lead singer for American rock band Grand Funk Railroad.
)°—  Melvin George “Mel” Schacher (born April 8, 1951 in Owosso, Michigan) is best known as the bassist for rock band Grand Funk Railroad.
)°—  Mark Fredrick Farner (born September 29, 1948) is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter, best known as the lead singer and lead guitarist for Grand Funk Railroad, and later as a contemporary Christian musician.
)°—  Craig Frost (born April 20, 1948 in Flint, Michigan) is the keyboardist for Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band. He is also known as keyboardist for 1970s hard rock band Grand Funk Railroad.
)°—  Max Carl Gronenthal (born January 29, 1950) is an American rock singer, keyboardist, guitarist and songwriter. He is the current lead singer of the classic rock band Grand Funk Railroad.
)°—  “You cannot talk about rock in the 1970s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad!” David Fricke, Rolling Stone Magazine, April 3, 2003
)°—  Originating from Flint, Michigan in 1969, this top selling American rock group of the 70s is “COMIN’ TO YOUR TOWN TO HELP YOU PARTY IT DOWN”.  Grand Funk Railroad is extremely excited to be touring in 2015 marking a 45 year milestone. After playing to millions of fans on tours from 1996 to 2014, the band’s “45 YEARS OF GRAND FUNK” Tour will continue to reach both new and long~time fans.
)°—  Known as “The American Band”, the high~energy five~piece group will play forty shows all over the USA this year. Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer (vocals and drums, writer and singer of the multi–million selling hit, We’re An American Band) and bassist Mel Schacher, “The God Of Thunder”. Joining Don and Mel are true “All Stars”. Singer Max Carl is a rock veteran from 38 Special. Max penned and sang 38’s biggest hit “Second Chance” and was co~founder of California’s legendary Jack Mack and the Heart Attack. Don refers to Max as “the best blue–eyed soul singer on the planet”. Lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and also has credits with Michael Bolton, Meatloaf and Billy Squier. (KISS members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley were influenced early on by Grand Funk.) Keyboardist Tim Cashion has a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami. Affectionately called “Dr. Tim”, his credits include stints with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and English soul man Robert Palmer.
)°—  Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with its signature hard driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful pop melodies. The fact that Grand Funk’s legacy still reigns over the Classic Rock landscape forty~five years after its 1969 birth in Flint, Michigan is a testament to the group’s influence and staying power. Mega~hits We’re An American Band, I’m Your Captain/Closer To Home, Locomotion, and Some Kind Of Wonderful still receive continuous airplay on Classic Rock radio. We’re An American Band has received notoriety in recent years being used in movie sound tracks and in television/radio advertising. The huge hit was featured in a recent General Motors national TV ad campaign and in Disney’s animated feature film The Country Bears. In 2004, We’re An American Band was featured in the Cuba Gooding Jr. film RADIO, and in 2005 it was featured in the swashbuckler SAHARA starring Matthew McConaughey.
)°—  Internationally acclaimed Grand Funk has toured the world, selling out in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and South America. A 1971 performance at New York’s Shea Stadium sold out faster than the Beatles. The group’s widespread appeal is also evident in its prestigious recording achievements. Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top 40 hits and two Number One singles (We’re An American Band and Locomotion, both selling more than one million each). The group has now accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales in excess of 25 million copies sold worldwide. The most recent gold CD award was presented to the band May 10, 2002 for their greatest hits package Grand Funk Railroad The Collectors Series.
)°—  The multi~talented band carries on the tradition of Grand Funk hits and creates a new chapter in the legacy of Grand Funk Railroad. In July of 2011, GFR drew 25,000 people to their Molson Canal Series Concert outside Buffalo. In August of 2005 the band drew 20,000 in Albany, New York, and in September drew 20,000 fans to downtown Orlando, Florida. In April 2006, EMI/Capitol released a new Grand Funk Greatest Hits package that includes a bonus DVD of rare concert footage. Grand Funk’s 2015 tour was a huge success and now, with the group’s 2016 tour, seasoned Grand Funk lovers and contemporary rock fans discovering the group for the first time will be able to celebrate with 47 YEARS OF GRAND FUNK!
Website: http://www.grandfunkrailroad.com/

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