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Good Singing Good Playin

Grand Funk RailroadAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • 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 (38 customer reviews)
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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!

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Funkin' Rock and Roll - Whew!! July 8, 1999
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with GFR 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
5.0 out of 5 stars best sounding rock album ever 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Zappa been Woking on the Railroad. Two Thumbs up. 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
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GRAND WAZOO & GFR WERE A GREAT TEAM! GET THIS CD! 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
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They had nothing to lose.... 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
4.0 out of 5 stars still hangin' in there 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Grand Funk album
I loved "Can You Do It" the first time I heard it. OK, I was 14 when it came out, but I still find the sound exciting, and I have to hear it loud. Read more
Published 4 months ago by KENNETH E SANDS
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad way to for the band to end in the '70s
Of course every GFR fan knows the band's been in pretty rough shape by 1976. Born to Die was pretty much ignored (and it's a surprisingly good album, and I remembered "Take Me"... Read more
Published 4 months ago by BENJAMIN MILER
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Singing Good Playin' . . . Absolutely!
I loved this in 1976 and I love it in 2014, a timeless classic! As another reviewer said the Frank Zappa soloing on Out To Get You gives me chills, fantastic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Glenn Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Zappa and G.F.R.
I got this L P about 1979 and have loved it to this day . To the guy that gave it one star and said those that liked it their is no hope. What the hell is wrong with you ? Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael Galbraith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price
This is a cd fav of mine since it was produced in 1976. Grand Funk was my teen band since 1972
Published 11 months ago by Kenneth frick
4.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting music
Now this has some interesting music. Although not a hard rocker, the song "She just couldn't wait" could have been a hit, it is catchy. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Angelo Sammarco
4.0 out of 5 stars True Grand Funk Raliroad
I had to buy this. I am a big Zappa fan and definitely a fan of Grand Funk Railroad. I really enjoy this record and glad that Frank didn’t put his stamp on the record, but let GFR... Read more
Published 16 months ago by The Cavin Family
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album - Should be the Theme for today "Don't Let 'Em Get Your...
Just realized that Mark Farner already knew about the gun law in the 70's and his song "Don't Let 'Em Take Your Gun" was making a statement and now I understand what's he's... Read more
Published 18 months ago by rod
5.0 out of 5 stars Grand Funk Railroad Rocks
I purchased this album when it first came out in the mid 70's. I had made a recording of it to play in the car. I found that tape a while ago, and decided to buy the CD. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Chuckster
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so good!
This album doesn't come close to comparing to Grand Funk in their prime. The lyrics are shallow, meaningless love songs. Read more
Published on June 23, 2012 by L.W. Samuelson
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