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Zappa knew GFR had it in them to make an album that brought to vinyl the concert sound they were famous for.He succeeded!
Though it's my opinion, Pass it Around is the best thing GFR ever put on tape. It's an excellent song. A driving, relentless song in which the whole band burns. Another great song is 1976.
Although negative in lyrical content, it still manages to get the message across that this is America, and if we want to, we can still be a great nation. Don't let them take your Guns, they say in one song, and it makes perfect sense to me.There should have been two huge singles from this album: Pass it Around for one, and Release Your love, for another. This album should have sold 8 million copies and launched a world tour for GFR, instead, they broke up upon its release. Sad as it is, GFR called it quits and never again worked with Zappa. But, the bright side is, they left us an absolutely wonderful album.
Playin' released in '76 is possibly the bands best album. Well, its at
least one of my all time faves no doubt! Produced by the great GRAND WAZOO
Frank Zappa, it was an oddball pairing many thought at the time. But for me
being a fan of both artists, it was a funky railroad ride made on earth!
What can I say about this reissue? The remastering is impeccable! Sounds
not very audible on the original LP are present here on this CD for the
first time. Looking for hints? Any fan will find missing 'sonics'
everywhere on the songs. If you are a new fan, don't worry. You'll be
floored by this CD! For me these are still the monsters on this album, and
they are even larger than life now here on CD. "Can You Do It," Pass It
Around" and " Don't Let Them Take Your Guns". One bonus track which has
remained unreleased until now is "Rubberneck" written by Funk's Don Brewer
about his get away to Jamaica during that time. Its actually pretty 'tongue
in cheek' and funny. All of Uncle Frank's artsy fartsy side comes into to
play in the production which makes this Grand Funk tune come out like a
Grand Funk Railroad/Mother's BURNT WEENIE SANDWICH! Killer stuff! Great
detailed liner notes and unreleased pixs are in included about the birth of
this MONUMENTAL FUNK album!
"Just Couldn't Wait" should have been the BIGGEST pop hit of the year. That is one fantastic vocal melody, and I KNOW you'll love it the moment you hear it (and perhaps even recognize it from somewhere... hmmm, where have I heard the song before?)
"Pass it Around" has a catchy chorus, but the vocals sound a bit too loud and obnoxious. "1976" is most noticeable for the brilliant guitar soloing taking place behind the vocal melodies that NEVER seem to let up throughout the songs running time. Excellent guitar work.
"Miss My Baby" is probably the albums biggest flaw, because the song is just about 3 minutes too long for my liking and the chorus is a bit on the sappy side. "Goin' for the Pastor" has GREAT vocals and a nice guitar solo. In fact these are probably some of the best guitar solos I've ever heard on a Grand Funk album, and I'm familiar with most of their 70's albums. "Out to Get You" is the ultimate example of a guitar jam that just cooks, burns, and smears. Yup, all three of those things at once. AMAZING song that one is.
I'm glad Frank Zappa found a way to get the band members back into the studio to make another album, because this is just a terrific album to me. The only strange thing is that, it doesn't sound much like a garage rock album to me, and I thought that's the main reason Zappa was so interested in Grand Funk in the first place.
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OK. Just turned 55 years. I grew up with GFR. I had this album years ago but forgot about it until recently. Produced by Frank Zappa? Geeze! Read morePublished 1 month ago by llacosse
I bought this album, when it was released back in 1976 ? To me it is one of their very best albums. Producer Frank Zappa, really gave them a extraordinary sound, even better than... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Luile
I purchased this album when it first came out and was excited when I saw it with the $5 albums.Published 5 months ago by Gerg
Looked for this album for a while and finally found it. Appropriately named, favorite song "Don't Let Them Take Your Guns". That is stating it as is.Published 11 months ago by Julianne Harju
People think i'm nuts. How can i like Led Zep, Frank Zappa and The Mothers, Bartok, Stravinsky, Beatles, Beach Boys, James Brown, Bach, Henry Cow, Soft Machine, The O'jays,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Speedy