By 1975, Grand Funk Railroad had reached a new level of fame and fortune thanks to pop-friendly albums like We're an American Band and Shinin' On. However, they had not dropped the turbo-charged rock & roll that built their early success and that fact is proven by this exciting double-live album. Caught in the Act covers all the highlights of their catalog up to that point, including both the major hits and a generous sampling of album-track favorites. All the songs benefit from the amped-up live atmosphere and several improve over the studio versions thanks to the consistent high level of energy that the band pours into each tune. The best example is the latter phenomenon one-two punch of the albums' opening tracks: "Footstompin' Music" leaps out of the speakers with a galloping beat and pulsing organ that effortlessly outstrips its album version, then the band smoothly segues into a barnstorming, revamped version of "Rock 'N' Roll Soul" that tacks an infectious "Nothin' but a party" chant onto the song's beginning. Even the hits add new frills that keep them feeling like rote run-throughs: "The Loco Motion" is soulfully fleshed out by the addition of female backing vocals and hard rock muscle applied to "Black Licorice" transforms it into a speedy, fist-pumping rocker. Another big highlight is the atmospheric version of "Closer to Home," which sports a tighter, more complex arrangement than its studio counterpart and makes an excellent showcase for Craig Frost's skills on a variety of keyboard (he nimbly recreates the song's orchestral coda with an elegant performance on the Mellotron). The end result is a live album that is the equal of the studio's best studio-recorded outings. Simply put, Caught in the Act is a necessity for Grand Funk Railroad fans and may even attract non-fans with its effective combination of energy and instrumental firepower.
Performance CreditsGrand Funk Railroad Primary Artist
Lorraine Feather Track Performer
Mark Farner Organ,Guitar,Harmonica,Harp,Keyboards,Vocals
Don Brewer Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Craig Frost Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jana Track Performer
Mel Schacher Bass,Background Vocals
Funkettes Group,Track Performer
Technical CreditsEric Burdon Composer
Chas Chandler Composer
Jimmy Ienner Producer
Carmine Rubino Engineer
Jack Sherdel Engineer
Beth Ellor Costume Design
Neil Kellerhouse Art Direction
Bryan Kelley Producer
Shannon Ward Producer
Steve Roeser Liner Notes
David K. Tedds Reissue Producer
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Caught in the Act based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Great Rockin' songs like "Black Licorice" & "The Railroad" are the surprises on this set. This re-mastered CD adds the full Don Brewer solo, but, the "Intro" to "Footstompin' Music", that was on the LP release, does not make it onto this CD, possibly due to time constraints. (The disc reads out a time of 79:08, or 1:19:08, although the entry here states 1:14:15. That's too bad, beacuse the "Intro" really puts you into the concert in a very nice building up to it way. Oh well...