We're an American Band [Bonus Tracks]

We're an American Band [Bonus Tracks]

by Grand Funk Railroad

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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We're an American Band [Bonus Tracks]

Having made several changes in their business and musical efforts in 1972, Grand Funk Railroad made even more extensive ones in 1973, beginning with their name, which was officially truncated to "Grand Funk." And keyboardist Craig Frost, credited as a sideman on Phoenix, the previous album, was now a full-fledged bandmember, filling out the musical arrangements. The most notable change, however, came with the hiring of Todd Rundgren to produce the band's eighth album. Rundgren, a pop
ock artist in his own right, was also known for his producing abilities, and he gave Grand Funk exactly what they were looking for: We're an American Band sounded nothing like its muddy, plodding predecessors. Sonically, the record was sharp and detailed and the band's playing was far tighter and more accomplished. Most important, someone, whether the band or Rundgren, decided that gruff-voiced drummer Don Brewer should be employed as a lead singer as often as guitarist Mark Farner. Brewer also contributed more as a songwriter, and the results were immediate. The album's title song, an autobiographical account of life on the road written and sung by Brewer, was released in advance of the album and became a gold-selling number one hit, Grand Funk's first really successful single. Despite the band's previous popularity, for many, it must have been the first Grand Funk record they either heard or bought. Elsewhere on the album, Farner contributed his usual wailing vocals and guitar, singing of his heartfelt, if simpleminded, political concerns. But We're an American Band really belonged to Brewer and Rundgren, and its success constituted a redefinition of Grand Funk that came just in time. [The 2002 reissue adds two worthy outtakes (both previously released), an acoustic version of "Stop Lookin' Back," and a remix of the title song (both previously unreleased).]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2002
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724354172625
catalogNumber: 41726

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Grand Funk Railroad   Primary Artist
Mark Farner   Acoustic Guitar,Conga,Electric Piano,Vocals
Don Brewer   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Craig Frost   Organ,Electric Piano,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer
Mel Schacher   Bass

Technical Credits

Todd Rundgren   Producer,Engineer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Lynn Goldsmith   Concept
Andrew Cavaliere   Concept
Michelle Azzopardi   Reissue Director
Neil Kellerhouse   Art Direction
Bryan Kelley   Producer
John Hoernle   Art Direction
Pacific Eye & Ear   Album Concept
Shannon Ward   Producer
Steve Roeser   Liner Notes
David K. Tedds   Producer,Reissue Producer,Memorabilia

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