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  • Audio CD (January 12, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B00000HYCS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Just Couldn't Wait
2. Can You Do It
3. Pass It Around
4. Don't Let 'Em Take Your Gun
5. Miss My Baby
6. Big Buns
7. Out To Get You
8. Crossfire
9. 1976
10. release Your Love
11. Goin' For The Pastort
12. Rubberneck

Editorial Reviews

Grand Funk really went out with a bang-their last studio album, released in '76, was produced by none other than Frank Zappa, who also contributed musically to the recording. In addition to the hit Can You Do It and the rest of the original album, this digitally remastered reissue features the previously unreleased Rubberneck plus new notes and rare photos. First time on CD!

Customer Reviews

Zappas production of this album is stunning.
simon harman
Frank Zappa had all of the best intentions with this album, and it stands as one of Grand Funk's finest.
Mike
This is one great album lots of good singing and good playing.
Michael Galbraith

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD went almost unnoticed because of no air play in 1976 but, it has been one of my favorite Grand Funk albums since it came out. Any Frank Zappa fans out there would treasure Frank's 5 minute guitar lead on the instrumental classic "Out To Get You". It is by far the best rock guitar work Zappa ever did. The whole CD rocks and believe it or not even the critics loved this CD. Buy this one, you won't be sorry. Mike C. of Austin, TX
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James R. McMahon on June 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
You can't go wrong with most any Grand Funk album (w/the possible exception of "What's Funk") but the production on this album is like none I've heard before (even Zappa's own albums). My favorite on this album has always been "Don't Let 'Em Take Your Gun". If your a Grand Funk fan you need to add this CD to your collection. If you not a fan maybe this is a good album to start with. BUY IT!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By simon harman on December 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Anyone interested in hard rock audio production and engineering should not miss this album.Zappas production of this album is stunning. I am not a big fan of GF but it just goes to show how guys like Zappa, Eno, Spector and Rothschild can create a unique soundscape which lifts a bands performance to another level.I read that this album did not initially sell very well and the band subsequently folded. Maybe the band over estimated their fans ability to get their ears around this album.It's a shame because this is a great album.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Richard D. Cappetto VINE VOICE on January 16, 1999
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I orginally bought this Album in 1976 when it came out, I loved it then and still love it today. I was so happy to see it was finally coming out on CD. Hippo did an excellent job with the remastering and It is so cool that they added an extra song-Rubberneck. Rubberneck is clearly the most Zappa influenced song on the CD (Frank Zappa Produced Good Singin Good Playin) and it rocks. Frank also plays a mean lead on Ought To Get you. Floks if you like good singin, good playin and good rock N Roll you will love this CD.
Rick Cappetto
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jay Siekierski on December 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Some fans say that Grand Funk's one and only MCA album Good Singin' Good
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!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Garry Daniel on June 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes when a band knows it's over, they will do one of two things; they will record and release a sloppy, unimaginitive album full of second rate songs just to satisfy the record company, or they will decide they have nothing to lose, and record and release a masterful album because they decided to go back to the reason they started in the first place, which is to make good music. Grand Funk chose the latter. They must have realized they weren't on top of the world anymore, and the infighting and bickering had taken its toll. Completely changing gears, they employed the services of Frank Zappa and recorded GOOD SINGIN' GOOD PLAYING, in my opinion, a great album.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on June 1, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Well, I admit I was wrong to ignore this album for as long as I have, because I honestly thought by this point in the bands career there wasn't a whole lot more they could do that wasn't already mastered on the other Grand Funk albums. I was wrong, because there's some quality songwriting on Good Singin', Good Playin'.

"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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