What's Funk?

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All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
After making a comeback in 1981, the revamped 1980s version of Grand Funk Railroad took one last stab at the '80s rock market with What's Funk? This time, the band enlisted Gary Lyons producer for Foreigner and the Outlaws to create an updated version of the kind of slickly produced album that made the group into a pop hitmaker during the mid-'70s. The end result is an improvement over 1981's underproduced Grand Funk Lives, but it still suffers from some uneven moments. Lyons adds plenty of early-'80s frills to the group sound, the most notable examples being the synthesizers and drum machines that dress up tunes like "Innocent" and "I'm So True." This approach ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Donald A. Guarisco
After making a comeback in 1981, the revamped 1980s version of Grand Funk Railroad took one last stab at the '80s rock market with What's Funk? This time, the band enlisted Gary Lyons producer for Foreigner and the Outlaws to create an updated version of the kind of slickly produced album that made the group into a pop hitmaker during the mid-'70s. The end result is an improvement over 1981's underproduced Grand Funk Lives, but it still suffers from some uneven moments. Lyons adds plenty of early-'80s frills to the group sound, the most notable examples being the synthesizers and drum machines that dress up tunes like "Innocent" and "I'm So True." This approach doesn't always work the Gary Numan-like programmed synthesizers that underpin "Borderline" clutter up what could have been an effective slice of guitar-driven hard rock, but the group turns in the kind of songs and energetic performances that help make What's Funk? an engaging album. Good examples include "Still Waitin'," a straight-ahead rocker that seamlessly blends heavy guitar riffs with a catchy chorus, and "Borderline," a soulful power ballad that balances the group's instrumental power with plenty of smooth harmonies. Another highlight is the group's cover of the James Brown classic "It's a Man's World," which cleverly rearranges the tune to fit the band's power trio format. In the end, What's Funk? lacks the kind of exceptional songs and breakout hits that would have made the album cross over to the mainstream, but it remains a solid batch of tunes that will please the group's fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • Label: LISSMARK RECORDS
  • UPC: 766057013522
  • Catalog Number: 6347

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock and Roll American Style (4:29)
  2. 2 Nowhere to Run (2:39)
  3. 3 Innocent (3:05)
  4. 4 Still Waitin' (4:05)
  5. 5 Borderline (2:56)
  6. 6 El Salvador (4:11)
  7. 7 It's a Man's World (4:54)
  8. 8 I'm So True (4:10)
  9. 9 Don't Lie to Me (4:18)
  10. 10 Life in Outer Space (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grand Funk Railroad Primary Artist
Mark Farner Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Dennis Bellinger Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Don Brewer Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Lance Ong Keyboards
Technical Credits
Cliff Davies Producer
Al Hurschman Engineer
Gary Lyons Producer, Engineer
George Marino Mastering
Pete Thea Engineer
Dee Hurschman Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mark Farner's Grand Funk

    Fans of Mark Farner and his solo efforts will find this re-issued hidden treasure a very enjoyable disc. Farner's voice never sounded better than on the song ''I'm so true'' This recording also includes a great song ''Still Waitin'' sung by Drummer Don Brewer with some strong guitar by Farner. Bassist Dennis Bellinger does a fine job filling out the Grand Funk Line up.

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