Grand Funk Railroad

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by laughalot, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. laughalot

    laughalot Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Havnt heard them for probably 35 years and had forgotten that they even existed. By chance came upon them on YouTube and am quite enjoying them.

    Sad how much music can slip by without thought .
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  2. blehman

    blehman Forum Resident

    Milwaukee, WI. USA
    [​IMG]The citizens of Flint, MI. will never forget
  3. laughalot

    laughalot Forum Resident Thread Starter

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  4. 1970

    1970 Forum Resident

    I was really into this band when I was a kid. I had all the albums, up to Phoenix. That's pretty much the cut-off for me. The only two G.F. albums I have in my collection now are Survival and E Pluribus Funk. Those have always been my two favorites.

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  5. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    the critics hated them for some reason, but they sure sold a hell of a lot records.

    there is something good on every one of their albums.

    another band destined to never be in the hall of fame.
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  6. laughalot

    laughalot Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Never listen to the critics, often they have their own agenda.
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  7. 1970

    1970 Forum Resident

    Billboard in Times Square, 1970:


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  8. laughalot

    laughalot Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Goning to have to get me some
  9. Todd W.

    Todd W. It's a Puggle

    Essential - On Time, Grand Funk (Red Album), Closer to Home, E. Pluribus Funk, We're An American Band, The Live Album (which is loud raw and will blow your face off) and I also really like their 2nd live album Caught in the Act.
    I'm a big Funk fan and I don't think you could go wrong with any of these.
    Second tier - Survival, Shinin' On, Phoenix, Born to Die and Good Singin, Good Playin. The last two a lot of people don't like. I gave them a recent spin and not as bad as I thought they were at the time.
    Sold out Shea faster than The Beatles.........
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  10. chumlie

    chumlie Forum Resident

    Love the Live Album.
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  11. Wally Swift

    Wally Swift Forum Resident

    Brooklyn New York
    Their version of "The Loco-motion" was one of the first songs that really moved me as a kid.
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  12. apple-richard

    apple-richard Overnight Sensation

    Yea another Grand Funk convert! I have all the albums except those last two on Full Moon, never sounded right to me. The Bosnia Live is a must have with a full orchestra and Peter Frampton as guest guitarist. Mark Don and Mel is perfect for the car of their first era as a three piece.

    PS Don't forget to hunt down AF We're An American Band mastered by our host. :thumbsup:
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  13. junk

    junk Hellion

    St. Louis
    Its was "We're An American Band" for me.
  14. GodShifter

    GodShifter Negative Creep®

    Dallas, TX, USA
    I love Live Album, too. It's so awesome. I especially love the track "Mark Says Alright!"(sic) with Mel Schacher's frantic, funky, fuzzed out bass lines going almost over the top. That would have been a real treat to see GFR in their heyday.
  15. sparkydog

    sparkydog Forum Resident

    I saw them in the rain at the Cincinnati Zoo when On Time was released. My first acid trip - they rawwked! They appeared with Vanilla Fudge and Paul Butterfield.
  16. I can say the same. I was 11 in 1974 when that was all over the radio and I couldn't get enough of it. It rocked!
  17. vinyl diehard

    vinyl diehard Two-Channel Forever

  18. Wally Swift

    Wally Swift Forum Resident

    Brooklyn New York
    Yup. I was 10. Added that 45 to my collection a few years ago. Love playing it every now and then for the music and the memories.
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  19. Raunchnroll

    Raunchnroll Forum Resident

    They never left this house. Scarcely a month has gone by over the decades that I don't put on one of their albums. The original stoner rock.
  20. yogibear

    yogibear Active Member

    Roy, Utah, USA
    i never heard them until "the live album". to this day i think that is oneof the best live albums ever done. recently went through a remaster and tune order correction from what i've heard but the new remaster seems to me to have the bass way too loud. killer still though. never bothered to ge their older stuff but did get the ones from live up to the radio heavy rock hits rekkids.
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  21. Runt

    Runt Forum Resident

    Motor City
    We used to consider GF a local band back in the day (they're actually from Flint, a few miles north of here) and I had all the early stuff through E Pluribus. Sadly, never got to see them live.
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  22. rstamberg

    rstamberg Forum Resident

    Riverside, CT
    I really wish GFR would bury the hatchet.

    I saw the briefly reunited original trio back in 1997 and they were as great as ever. I swear.
  23. greelywinger

    greelywinger That T-Rex Guy

    Dayton, Ohio USA
    Preferred them over LZ.

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  24. Purple Jim

    Purple Jim Forum Resident

    Little Britain
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  25. RockWizard

    RockWizard Forum Resident

    This is a band I listened to in their hey-day back in the 70's. Never thought I'd get to see them live. So glad it happened in 1997 and 1998. Yep, Mark, Don and Mel. Those two shows totally blew my mind. The first was in a small theater, the second an outdoor festival. Both very intense shows. Little did I know Mark would leave after the '98 tour.

    I have the catalog(most originally due to the Trunk Of Funk). Have the AF American Band CD and a gold vinyl copy of that title also.

    Saw the current lineup a few years ago and nowhere good as the classic one. Saw Brewer and Frost in Seger's band on his last tour. Don was subdued, quite a change from what he does with GFR!:D Saw Mark when Hippiefest went to Mobile in 2011. Still intense and quite a showman. Shame what happened to his son(trying to impress girlfriend, backflipped and broke his neck).

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