Grand Funk Railroad's somewhat eponymous 1970 album, the band's second for Capitol, is characteristic of the classic rock radio sound that would permeate the airwaves of the late 20th century. Grand Funk Railroad was a seminal force in giving the friendlier side of the heavy rock sound its charm and making it stick. Built on fuzzed-out blues riffs, simple lyrics, and at times seemingly unnecessary jamming, Grand Funk's songs are mild in nature. Far less extreme than Black Sabbath but slightly toothier than Foghat or Bad Company, Grand Funk's major influence comes from the loose, blues-based power trio formula of bands such as Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Grand Funk combines rawness with radio-friendly melodies and vocal harmonies that would become their trademark sound. Hordes of bands to come, from Foreigner to Bon Jovi, would emulate Grand Funk's sound and style, focusing on good-time rocking material while attempting a few token social commentary pieces. This is a good album as far as early hard rock goes, and as Grand Funk Railroad would move farther and farther away from the type of roughness and loose arrangements found here, it is well worth picking up as an example of one of the group's early efforts. [The 2002 reissue adds an alternate version of "Mr. Limousine Driver" and a demo of "Nothing Is the Same" as bonus tracks.]
Performance CreditsGrand Funk Railroad Primary Artist
Mark Farner Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals
Don Brewer Drums,Vocals
Mel Schacher Bass
Technical CreditsTerry Knight Producer
Michelle Azzopardi Reissue Director
Neil Kellerhouse Art Direction
Bryan Kelley Producer
Shannon Ward Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one of those,you know,(If you were stranded on an island and could only have ten of the greatist albums ever made with you)Albums.A must have for a real GENUINE classic rocker.........
This album was the heaviest of its day and hypnotized many a young 70's freak aka ''Detroit Rock City'' It really is heavy and strong and deserves to heard as much as the old Black Sabbath. That is of course if you like the old Black Sabbath!