Grand Funk Railroad – Grand Funk

ARTIST: Grand Funk Railroad                             Grand_Funk_(album_cover)

TITLE:  Grand Funk

YEAR RELEASED: 1969

CHART ACTION: #11

SINGLES: Mr. Limousine Driver (#97 US), Inside Looking Out (#40 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Got This Thing on the Move, Paranoid (not that one)

LINEUP: Mark Farner, Mel Schacher, Don Brewer

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Second album gives the people what they want – simple boogie with some sorta social conscious lyrics.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The star of early Grand Funk has to be bassist Mel Schacher, mainly because of where his bass winds up in the mix. It’s way out there man. Terry Knight’s mixing and producing is very simple here, with Mark Farner’s guitar is split with rhythm mainly in one channel and his leads in the other and Schacher dominating the mix in both channels while Don Brewer’s drums are mainly in the other channel.

The songs? Oh, well, they’re definitely jammy for sure. Four of the nine wind up at over 6 ½ minutes, including the album closer “Inside Looking Out” at 9 ½ minutes of boogie and bluster.

It’s really a simple album, if you like Grand Funk’s hits there’s no reason you won’t like this second effort. If you need more convincing, I don’t think this is the one that will convince you.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The inside of the gatefold was used for their huge Times Square Billboard the next year.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: An outtake and a different take.

GRADE: B-:  I dig it, but sometimes I need me some stoopid rock and boogie.

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