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Grand Funk Railroad (Official Thread)

Discussion in '70's Music' started by The Rover, Apr 5, 2006.

  1. TheFeldster

    TheFeldster Mr Kite

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    Re: Grand Funk Railroad

    I've heard a lot of their stuff on YouTube et al. But I've only got one album (We're An American Band)

    I know there seems to be a split between their earlier stuff and their radio stuff, but I like both :grinthumb
     
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    Re: Grand Funk Railroad

    Just Couldn't Wait & Can You Do It



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    Re: Grand Funk Railroad

    Call Yourself A Man

     
  4. Slip'nn2Darkness

    Slip'nn2Darkness Sub Sonic Soul Shaker

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    Re: Grand Funk Railroad

    One of the 1970s' most successful hard rock bands in spite of critical pans and somewhat reluctant radio airplay (at first), Grand Funk Railroad built a devoted fan base with constant touring, a loud, simple take on the blues-rock power trio sound, and strong working-class appeal. The band was formed by Flint, MI, guitarist/songwriter Mark Farner and drummer Don Brewer, both former members of a local band called Terry Knight & the Pack. They recruited former ? & the Mysterians bassist Mel Schacher in 1968, and Knight retired from performing to become their manager, naming the group after Michigan's well-known Grand Trunk Railroad.

    They performed for free at the 1969 Atlanta Pop Festival, and their energetic, if not technically proficient, show led Capitol Records to sign them at once. While radio shied away from Grand Funk Railroad, the group's strong work ethic and commitment to touring produced a series of big-selling albums over the next few years; five of their eight releases from 1969 to 1972 went platinum, and the others all went gold. Meanwhile, Knight promoted the band aggressively, going so far as to rent a Times Square billboard to advertise Closer to Home, which turned out to be the band's first multi-platinum album in spite of a backlash from the rock press. However, Grand Funk Railroad fired Knight in March of 1972, who promptly sued; the band spent most of the year in a court battle that ended when they bought Knight out.

    Keyboardist Craig Frost joined the group for the Phoenix LP at the end of 1972. Following that album, the band's name was officially shortened to Grand Funk, and the group finally scored a big hit single (number one, in fact) with the title track of the Todd Rundgren-produced We're an American Band. The follow-up, Shinin' On, contained another number one hit in a remake of Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion." However, following Grand Funk's next album, All the Girls in the World Beware!!, interest in the group began to wane. Reverting back to Grand Funk Railroad, they remained together in 1976 solely to work with producer Frank Zappa on Good Singin', Good Playin'. Farner left for a solo career, and the remainder of the band released an album as Flint with guitarist Billy Elworthy.

    Grand Funk Railroad re-formed in 1981 with Dennis Bellinger on bass and released two albums; only Grand Funk Lives even managed to scrape the bottom of the charts. The group disbanded again, with Brewer and Frost joining Bob Seger's Silver Bullet Band and Farner embarking on a new career as a CCM artist; his "Isn't It Amazing" was a number two gospel hit in 1988. In 1997, Grand Funk Railroad reunited once again to record a benefit album titled Bosnia; two years later, Capitol issued a three-disc box set retrospective, Thirty Years of Funk: 1969-1999.


    GFR to me were at their best in the Pre "We Are A American Band" days.. They went overboard when they brought in Keyboardest Craig Frost..
    The music changed to more Pop and even though that gave them more radio time, me as a fan had to bow out since it was a extreme change in the style of music..
    The one album that I really enjoy is "The Red Album"..
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    Inside Looking Out


    If you listen to "Inside Looking Out" you will find it dosn't resemble any of their later songs that you would find playing at skating rinks..

    The same with the "Closer To Home" album
    Nothing is the Same
     
  5. stepcousin

    stepcousin stuck in the 70's

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    Re: Grand Funk Railroad

    i have about 4 LP's of theirs and a Greatest Hits remastered CD. Great band, one of those bands that the fans loved but the critics hated. I also have about 4 solo albums by Mark Farner after he became a christian in the early 80's.
     
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    Re: Grand Funk Railroad

    ....... this one is good as well !

    "Grand Funk Railroad - Survival - 1971"
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    Garrett ✯ Blues Man ✯

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    The highlight of the promotional tour of their Closer To home album was MSG shows.
    Giant billboard of the album's sleeve (but faces side by side) was stretched along the blocks of MSG.
    Just after the show the union went on strike and the billboard stayed there for a month as there was no manpower available to remove it.
    Can you imagine 30 days of publicity at the price of two in the heart of Manhattan?

    QUESTION:
    ANYONE HAS THE PICTURE OF THIS BILLBOARD?
    I searched through the internet but could not reach.
    I know this picture exists, I saw it 40 years ago in a German music magazine.
    Many thanks beforehand.
     
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    Happy Birthday Craig Frost​


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    Craig was best known for his keyboard work in Grand Funk Railroad with the #1 hits "Locomotion", "We're an American Band", and "Some Kind of Wonderful". Craig has also spent the last 2 decades with another popular band......The Silver Bullet Band ;)


    Locomotion Live in 1974 @ Los Angeles


    Some great shots of Craig Live in 1974 "Heartbreaker"
     
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    Yeah, Craig Frost played some seriously good keyboards with Grand Funk back in the day. His playing on their "Caught in the Act" album is killer.
     

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