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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
Grand Funk Railroad's 1969 debut is a wildly uneven affair. Although the exuberant energy and power-trio theatrics that would fuel their 1970s hits are in place, the group's songwriting and arranging abilities are very much in their infancy. The biggest problems in terms of songwriting are the often-amateurish lyrics: "Anybody's Answer" is a sincere but muddled attempt at a message song that expends a lot of energy without ever focusing on a particular target and "Heartbreaker" is a love lament that is content to trot out a series of well-worn heartbreak clichés. In terms of arrangements, the band often places an aimless jam where a tight instrumental break should ...
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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
Grand Funk Railroad's 1969 debut is a wildly uneven affair. Although the exuberant energy and power-trio theatrics that would fuel their 1970s hits are in place, the group's songwriting and arranging abilities are very much in their infancy. The biggest problems in terms of songwriting are the often-amateurish lyrics: "Anybody's Answer" is a sincere but muddled attempt at a message song that expends a lot of energy without ever focusing on a particular target and "Heartbreaker" is a love lament that is content to trot out a series of well-worn heartbreak clichés. In terms of arrangements, the band often places an aimless jam where a tight instrumental break should be. The standout example of this problem is "TNUC," a loose-limbed tune that wears out its welcome with an overlong and unstructured drum solo. Despite these problems, there are some strong tunes in the mix: "Are You Ready" is an exuberant rocker built on one of Mel Schacher's trademark walking basslines and "Into the Sun" is a clever tune that starts as a mellow mid-tempo jam before blossoming into a stomping rocker with a funky guitar riff. Both of these sturdy tunes appropriately became mainstays of Grand Funk Railroad's live show for many years to come. "Time Machine" is another highlight, a bluesy shuffle built on Mark Farner's wailing vocals and a catchy, stuttered guitar riff. All in all, On Time is way too patchy of an album to please the casual listener but provides a few hints of and contains enough worthwhile moments to please the group's fans. [The 2002 reissue contains two bonus tracks: the original versions of "High On a Horse" and "Heartbreaker."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/2002
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724353950224
  • Catalog Number: 39502
  • Sales rank: 22,042

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Are You Ready (3:28)
  2. 2 Anybody's Answer (5:17)
  3. 3 Time Machine (3:45)
  4. 4 High on a Horse (2:56)
  5. 5 T.N.U.C. (8:42)
  6. 6 Into the Sun (6:29)
  7. 7 Heartbreaker (6:35)
  8. 8 Call Yourself a Man (3:05)
  9. 9 Can't Be Too Long (6:34)
  10. 10 Ups and Downs (5:10)
  11. 11 High on a Horse (4:25)
  12. 12 Heartbreaker (6:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grand Funk Railroad Primary Artist
Mark Farner Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Don Brewer Drums, Vocals
Mel Schacher Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob James Composer
Evren Göknar Mastering
Kenneth Hamann Engineer
Brian Kelley Producer
Terry Knight Producer
Ted Knight Producer
Michelle Azzopardi Reissue Director
Neil Kellerhouse Reissue Design
Barry Edmunds Cover Photo
Shannon Ward Producer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Their first album

    Grand Funk wasn't the worlds greatest rock N roll band but they sure knew how to entertain a crowd. There are lots of kickin songs on their debut and its well worth having if you like your rock loud and pulsating (doesn't everyone?).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    This album is one of Grand Funk Railroad's greatest achievements, and features the band at its most raw and innocent state. The music is as always, great, and it is the beginning of a greatly unappreciated and original band who by the way, sports one of the best bass tones in the history of rock music. "Into the Sun" is definitely special, as are most of the other songs on this album.

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