Greatest Hits [Remaster]
Performer: Grand Funk Railroad
Producer: Terry Knight & the Pack; Jimmy Ienner; Todd Rundgren; Cheryl Pawelski (Compilation); David K. Tedds (Compilation)...
Distributor: EMI Music Distribution
Notes: Grand Funk Railroad: Mark Farner (vocals, guitar); Mel Schacher (bass guitar); Don Brewer (drums). Liner Note Author: David K. Tedds. Illustrator: Chris Kro. Photographer: Lynn Goldsmith. Arranger: Alan Lomax. Derided in its time for the frequent overblown publicity campaigns of its manager Terry Knight, the late-1960s and early-'70s rock behemoth Grand Funk Railroad nevertheless achieved consistent chart success until the mid-'70s. This set collects many of the songs that made the outfit one of the early '70s' most popular bands, including "We're an American Band," "Mean Mistreater," and their cover of Little Eva's '60s hit, "The Loco-Motion."
Homer Simpson may have captured the essence of Grand Funk Railroad in the SIMPSONS episode where he rhapsodizes about "Mark Farner's wild, shirtless lyrics, the bong-rattling bass of Mel Schacher," and yes, "the competent drum work of Don Brewer." Emerging from the industrial town of Flint, MI, Grand Funk were a workman-like "people's band." They turned the Cream power-trio format into a stadium filling, larger-than-life experience that made them one of the most popular live acts of the early '70s. Their early albums were filled with amped-up blues-rock, but towards the end of their initial tether, they scored hits with covers of soul tunes such as "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "The Locomotion." IRS troubles contributed to their breakup in the late-'70s, but Grand Funk reunited with a vengeance in the '90s.
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