Grand Funk Lives

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Rising like a Phoenix, which was the title of one of their previous albums, perhaps Mark Farner is sending a subliminal message with opening track "Good Times" that his "Bad Time" is over? The song "Testify," track three, sums up this very good album from Mark Farner, Don Brewer, and bassist Dennis Bellinger replacing the MIA Mel Schacher. It's a hooky rock tune with Farner's religious overtones. All these tracks are strong, from "Can't Be With You Tonight" to the glorious ending of "Wait for Me." The no-nonsense production of manager Andrew Cavaliere -- shades of Terry Knight! --- and Bob Destocki, lets Farner and Brewer shine. This album is like a subdued version of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Rising like a Phoenix, which was the title of one of their previous albums, perhaps Mark Farner is sending a subliminal message with opening track "Good Times" that his "Bad Time" is over? The song "Testify," track three, sums up this very good album from Mark Farner, Don Brewer, and bassist Dennis Bellinger replacing the MIA Mel Schacher. It's a hooky rock tune with Farner's religious overtones. All these tracks are strong, from "Can't Be With You Tonight" to the glorious ending of "Wait for Me." The no-nonsense production of manager Andrew Cavaliere -- shades of Terry Knight! --- and Bob Destocki, lets Farner and Brewer shine. This album is like a subdued version of the Grand Funk classic Survival. In fact, both Survival and Grand Funk Lives are underrated, not just among Grand Funk fans. Where the first Mark Farner solo album, produced by Dick Wagner, had more of a bluesy feel in 1977, and 1978's Flint by Brewer and company sounded like a stab in the dark, this collection rocks. "Queen Bee" has riffs taken from Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep, specifically the ending of the song; "Black Sabbath" meets Heep's "Easy Livin'," with Farner's pop influences glossing it up. "We Gotta Get out of This Place" has more in common with a hard-rocking Young Rascals than the Animals or David Johansen. "Y.O.U." is almost there, halfway to a hit, missing the strength of producers Jimmy Ienner, Todd Rundgren, heck, even Frank Zappa might've lifted this track into the Top 40. The restrained production on the rest of the album is a plus except for "Y.O.U.," which needed just a bit more. "Stuck in the Middle" is fun Mark Farner, and is perhaps the best track on this excellent outing. Heavy keyboards, a great hook, and thick chorus -- a nice sequel to Funk's 1975 hit "Bad Time." "Greed of Man" goes back to the harder preaching of original GFR. All tunes except the cover of "We Gotta Get out of This Place" were written by Farner, who closes out the album with the introspective "Wait for Me." In a world mutated by Guns N' Roses, Nirvana, and Aerosmith gone pop, Grand Funk Railroad kept the flame of hard rock lit with this solid disc. It's too bad it didn't reach a larger audience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2008
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140362529
  • Catalog Number: 3625

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Times (2:05)
  2. 2 Queen Bee (3:13)
  3. 3 Testify (2:58)
  4. 4 Can't Be with You Tonight (3:29)
  5. 5 No Reason Why (4:47)
  6. 6 We Gotta Get out of This Place (3:55)
  7. 7 Y.O.U. (2:53)
  8. 8 Stuck in the Middle (3:09)
  9. 9 Greed of Man (5:00)
  10. 10 Wait for Me (4:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grand Funk Railroad Primary Artist
Mark Farner Guitar, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Dennis Bellinger Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Don Brewer Drums, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Destocki Producer, Original Album Producer
Bill Inglot Remastering
Thom Panunzio Original Album Producer
Jim Scheffler Engineer
Andrew Cavaliere Producer, Original Album Producer
Dave Schultz Remastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No Service

    After 3 communications from B&N ultimately this item never shipped and the order was canceled. I still would like to own a copy so that I may review it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great album, polished but rockin'

    Long about 1982 a buddy of mine surprised me with this album as a birthday present. I was flabbergasted as I didn't even know that Grand Funk even was still around. My friend who was in a band at the time had heard about it via the song "Queen Bee" which was featured in the Animated movie "Heavy Metal", and Queen Bee is a good rocker just as strong as anything that the popular bands of that time were producing. This whole album is quite good and has a little of everything a Grand Funk Railroad fan would expect. Hook laden heavy rock and spiritual, thought provoking melodic tunes reside here as Mark Farner wrote them, just like the old days. Truly a lost treasure. Zman- York, PA

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