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Grand Funk (Railroad) - Hits [Capitol ST-11579] (1976)

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Artist:

Grand Funk (Railroad)

Title:

Hits

Released: 1976
Label: Capitol
Catalog: ST-11579
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Rock & Roll Soul
02 We're An American Band
03 Walk Like A Man (You Can Call Me Your Man)
04 Bad Time
05 Some Kind Of Wonderful
06 The Loco-Motion
07 Shinin' On
08 Sally
09 Take Me
10 To Get Back In
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Grand Funk Hits is a greatest hits compilation by Grand Funk Railroad originally released in 1976 on Capitol Records. It peaked at number 126 on the Billboard 200.

The songs included on the album were all recorded after the band parted ways with manager Terry Knight in 1972. Grand Funk added keyboardist Craig Frost to its lineup later that year and moved away from a power trio to a lighter and more commercial sound. A compilation album of earlier songs, entitled Mark, Don & Mel: 1969-71, had been released in 1972. [wikipedia.org]


Grand Funk Railroad - Good Singin' Good Playin' [MCA MCA-2216] (2 August 1976)

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Title:

Good Singin' Good Playin'

Released: 2 August 1976
Label: MCA
Catalog: MCA-2216
Genre: Rock, Hard Rock
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Matrix / Runout (Side B):
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T R A C K L I S T:
01 Just Couldn't Wait
02 Can You Do It
03 Pass It Around
04 Don't Let 'Em Take Your Gun
05 Miss My Baby
06 Big Buns
07 Out To Get You
08 Crossfire
09 1976
10 Release Your Love
11 Goin' For The Pastor
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Good Singin' Good Playin' is the eleventh studio album by American rock band Grand Funk Railroad. The album was released on August 2, 1976, by MCA Records.

The band had actually broken up, but after Frank Zappa expressed interest in producing an album for them, they reassembled for one more attempt at success. Recorded in 1976 for MCA Records, this album included a guest performance by Zappa, playing lead guitar on the song ''Out to Get You''. Although the pairing seemed bizarre, Grand Funk drummer Don Brewer said, ''His whole viewpoint on what rock and roll is all about is basically the same as ours.... Keep it as simple as possible and really bring the balls out of this thing.'' Zappa said, ''All I did was, in a documentary way, make a record which tells you exactly what they really sound like. For the first time on record you can hear Grand Funk Railroad ... and they're fantastic, fan-tastic with an F three times taller than you!'' Grand Funk decided on the first day of overdubs to split up again, although Zappa stayed until 4 a.m. trying to talk them out of it.

The album wasn't a commercial success, only making it to #52 in the Billboard Top 200. The album was the final release to feature both bassist Mel Schacher and keyboardist Craig Frost. [wikipedia.org]

Grand Funk (Railroad)'s Biography

Steve Huey [allmusic.com]

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.
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