Survival [Bonus Tracks]

Survival [Bonus Tracks]

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by Grand Funk Railroad
     
 
In his annotations to this expanded reissue of Grand Funk Railroad's fifth album, Steve Roeser quotes producer Terry Knight as saying that the band regarded Survival as their "studio album," a curious remark considering that they had made three previous albums in the studio. But those albums, recorded at

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In his annotations to this expanded reissue of Grand Funk Railroad's fifth album, Steve Roeser quotes producer Terry Knight as saying that the band regarded Survival as their "studio album," a curious remark considering that they had made three previous albums in the studio. But those albums, recorded at Cleveland Recording, were rushed affairs and had been criticized for muddy sound. By the time Grand Funk came to make Survival in January 1971, that studio had moved to new quarters, and the group had become a national phenomenon, its last two albums Top Ten million-sellers. They spent a relatively luxurious six weeks or so on the record, and the results showed; Survival was the best-sounding and the best-played album they had yet made. Such assessments are, of course, relative, however. The group's playing remained rudimentary, especially in the rhythm section, and its sense of song construction was simple and repetitious. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Mark Farner sang in a strained, limited tenor lyrics that yearned for basic satisfactions ("Comfort Me," "I Want Freedom"), then led the lengthy instrumental passages with either simple guitar patterns or simple organ patterns. The band's choice of covers, Traffic's "Feelin' Alright" and the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," indicated taste (and that they were short of material), but their interpretations were inferior. This may have been Grand Funk's first real studio album, but they still sounded like they hadn't quite figured out how the studio differed from the stage and what added dynamics might be necessary to make a recording successful. The 2002 reissue adds a studio outtake, "I Can't Get Along With Society," that should have made the album; an early version of "Footstompin' Music" (which would turn up on the next album); and extended takes of "Country Road," "All You've Got Is Money," and "Feelin' Alright."

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2002
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724354172526
catalogNumber:
41725
Rank:
24714

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grand Funk Railroad   Primary Artist
Mark Farner   Guitar,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals
Don Brewer   Drums,Vocals
Mel Schacher   Bass

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
Kenneth Hamann   Engineer
Terry Knight   Producer
Neil Kellerhouse   Art Direction
Bryan Kelley   Producer
Alvertis Isbell   Composer
Shannon Ward   Producer
Steve Roeser   Liner Notes
David K. Tedds   Producer,Reissue Producer,Compilation Research,Memorabilia
Mark "Footstompin" Kaulfus   Memorabilia

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