Born to Die [Bonus Tracks]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
The title says it all: although not steeped in heavy metal riffs or gothic sound effects, this 1976 effort from Grand Funk Railroad creates a mood gloomy enough to rival the darkest moments of Black Sabbath. By this point in its career, the band was feeling run into the ground and this is reflected in the mood of the lyrics: the title track is a mournful rumination on the inevitability of death and "I Feel for Your Love" explores the depression created by the end of a relationship. The result is an album that feels like an anomaly in the Grand Funk Railroad catalog: the album's dark mood sits at odds with the group's normally energetic style, and thus, robs it of a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
The title says it all: although not steeped in heavy metal riffs or gothic sound effects, this 1976 effort from Grand Funk Railroad creates a mood gloomy enough to rival the darkest moments of Black Sabbath. By this point in its career, the band was feeling run into the ground and this is reflected in the mood of the lyrics: the title track is a mournful rumination on the inevitability of death and "I Feel for Your Love" explores the depression created by the end of a relationship. The result is an album that feels like an anomaly in the Grand Funk Railroad catalog: the album's dark mood sits at odds with the group's normally energetic style, and thus, robs it of a lot of its punch. Even though the production is solid and the group's instrumental performance is tight, neither of these elements makes it easy to listen to an album of oppressively dreary songs. However, a few bright spots shine through: "Sally" is a country-tinged, mid-tempo rocker that highlights Mark Farner's harmonica playing, and "Take Me" is a driving, lusty rocker that briefly adds a shot of much-needed energy to the proceedings. Of the gloomier tracks, "Love Is Dyin'" stands out because it applies a strong, guitar-heavy rock melody to its sad sentiments to create a song that is both driving and emotionally affecting. Ultimately, Born to Die is such a grim affair that it may turn off some of the group's fans, but it remains an interesting curio for the Grand Funk Railroad completist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724358049824
  • Catalog Number: 80498
  • Sales rank: 24,571

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Born to Die (5:35)
  2. 2 Dues (5:36)
  3. 3 Sally (3:16)
  4. 4 I Fell for Your Love (4:13)
  5. 5 Talk to the People (5:33)
  6. 6 Take Me (5:10)
  7. 7 Genevieve (6:11)
  8. 8 Love Is Dyin' (4:14)
  9. 9 Politician (3:54)
  10. 10 Good Things (4:36)
  11. 11 Bare Naked Woman (3:39)
  12. 12 Genevieve (6:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grand Funk Railroad Primary Artist
Mark Farner Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Hall Harmonica, Saxophone
Don Brewer Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Craig Frost Keyboards, Background Vocals
Donna Hall Background Vocals
Mel Schacher Bass
Technical Credits
Evren Göknar Mastering
Lynn Goldsmith Art Direction
Jimmy Ienner Producer
Jack Sherdel Engineer
Neil Kellerhouse Art Direction
Bryan Kelley Producer
Jean Paul Goude Cover Painting
Shannon Ward Producer
Steve Roeser Liner Notes
David K. Tedds Reissue Producer
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