Shinin' On [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
After racking up its biggest success to date with We're an American Band, Grand Funk Railroad decided to keep a good thing going by retaining Todd Rundgren as its producer and continuing to push its sound in a pop
ock direction. The end result has its moments but is not as strong as We're an American Band. Although the songs are tight and benefit from a strong performance by the group, the material simply isn't as inspired this time out: songs like "Please Me" and "Getting Over You" are energetic but lack the infectious hooks and clever arrangement touches that would make them stick in the listener's memory. Shinin' On's best songs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
After racking up its biggest success to date with We're an American Band, Grand Funk Railroad decided to keep a good thing going by retaining Todd Rundgren as its producer and continuing to push its sound in a pop
ock direction. The end result has its moments but is not as strong as We're an American Band. Although the songs are tight and benefit from a strong performance by the group, the material simply isn't as inspired this time out: songs like "Please Me" and "Getting Over You" are energetic but lack the infectious hooks and clever arrangement touches that would make them stick in the listener's memory. Shinin' On's best songs are the ones that became its single releases: the title track infuses its hard-driving, spacy rock groove with some surprisingly ethereal vocal harmonies and the cover of "The Loco Motion" turns this dance classic on its ear with a stomping beat and a screeching guitar lead from Mark Farner. Other tracks make up for their lack of hooks by experimenting with the group's sound in interesting ways: "Mr. Pretty Boy" is a creepy, slow blues song that features an atmospheric Mellotron backing, and "To Get Back In" is a full-fledged soul song built on a thick combination of organ and horns. In the end, Shinin' On is too unfocused and uneven to win over non-fans, but Grand Funk Railroad fans will find plenty to enjoy on this album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/25/2003
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724358053128
  • Catalog Number: 80531
  • Sales rank: 30,149

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Shinin' On (5:58)
  2. 2 To Get Back In (3:55)
  3. 3 The Loco-Motion (2:45)
  4. 4 Carry Me Through (5:31)
  5. 5 Please Me (3:37)
  6. 6 Mr. Pretty Boy (3:08)
  7. 7 Gettin' Over You (3:58)
  8. 8 Little Johnny Hooker (5:10)
  9. 9 Destitute and Losin' (7:03)
  10. 10 Shinin' On (6:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grand Funk Railroad Primary Artist
Todd Rundgren Guitar
Mark Farner Organ, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Guitarron
Don Brewer Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Craig Frost Organ, Piano, Vocals, Clavinet, Moog Synthesizer, Mellotron
Mel Schacher Bass
Technical Credits
Todd Rundgren Producer, Engineer
Evren Göknar Mastering
Lynn Goldsmith Art Direction, Concept
Andrew Cavaliere Concept
Neill Adams Cover Art
Neil Kellerhouse Art Direction
Bryan Kelley Producer
Walt Simonson Cover Art
Shannon Ward Producer
Steve Roeser Liner Notes
David K. Tedds Reissue Producer
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