Phoenix [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Having scored four consecutive Top Ten albums in the previous two years, Grand Funk Railroad may not have seemed to casual observers like a band who needed to rise phoenix-like from the ashes, but the title of the band's seventh album referred to its re-emergence after a litigious split from manager/producer Terry Knight. Now, they were producing themselves, and they added organist Craig Frost, credited here as a sideman, though he went on to join the band formally. The biggest change, however, was a musical maturity. After releasing five studio albums in a little over two years, Grand Funk waited more than a year before releasing Phoenix, and in that time they managed...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Having scored four consecutive Top Ten albums in the previous two years, Grand Funk Railroad may not have seemed to casual observers like a band who needed to rise phoenix-like from the ashes, but the title of the band's seventh album referred to its re-emergence after a litigious split from manager/producer Terry Knight. Now, they were producing themselves, and they added organist Craig Frost, credited here as a sideman, though he went on to join the band formally. The biggest change, however, was a musical maturity. After releasing five studio albums in a little over two years, Grand Funk waited more than a year before releasing Phoenix, and in that time they managed to come up with more variety than they had displayed before. "Someone," for example, was a surprisingly gentle ballad, and "Rain Keeps Fallin'" was stronger melodically than most of songwriter Mark Farner's previous efforts. Unlike earlier albums, Phoenix didn't seem like one rudimentary rocker after another, which made it Grand Funk's most listenable album so far. And that's not to say it didn't rock, as the leadoff instrumental, "Flight of the Phoenix," and the Top 40 hit that closed the set, "Rock 'n Roll Soul," demonstrated. Unfortunately, Farner's lyrical abilities had not increased, while his self-importance had. "I Just Gotta Know," "So You Won't Have to Die," and "Freedom Is for Children" all contained political exhortations expressed in simple-minded terms, the worst being "So You Won't Have to Die," in which Farner, later to become a Christian artist, claimed Jesus had spoken to him on the subject of overpopulation. After such cringe-inducing foolishness, the band's return to rocking with "Rock 'n Roll Soul" could only be welcomed. The 2002 reissue contains a remixed and slightly extended version of "Flight of the Phoenix" as a bonus track.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2002
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724354172328
  • Catalog Number: 41723
  • Sales rank: 9,548

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grand Funk Railroad Primary Artist
Doug Kershaw Electric Fiddle
Mark Farner Organ, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Don Brewer Percussion, Conga, Drums, Vocals
Craig Frost Organ, Piano, Harpsichord, Clavinet
Mel Schacher Bass
Technical Credits
Grand Funk Railroad Producer
Gene Eichelberger Engineer
Evren Göknar Mastering
Michelle Azzopardi Reissue Director
Neil Kellerhouse Art Direction
Joe Garnett Illustrations
Bryan Kelley Producer
Pacific Eye & Ear Album Concept
Grand Funk Producer
Kuni Takeuchi Contributor
Shannon Ward Producer
Steve Roeser Liner Notes
David K. Tedds Producer, Reissue Producer, Memorabilia
Mark "Footstompin" Kaulfus Memorabilia
Steve Graf Engineer
Yasuhito Kitai Contributor
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