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Monumental Funk

Grand Funk Railroad Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Quadico
  • ASIN: B001IPS1F2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Monumental Funk is an amazing record that Don Brewer and Mark Farner have every right to be very proud of. While Grand Funk Railroad's manager, Terry Knight, may have been a fine producer and a marketing genius, his own efforts at songwriting and singing were the worst aspects of the Pack. Here Farner and Brewer absolutely shine, their version of "Harlem Shuffle" more fun than the hit version by the Rolling Stones. When Don Brewer formed Flint and released a disc on Columbia in 1978, he covered the Supremes' "Back in My Arms Again." Here Mark Farner trumps him with "Come See About Me," a great non-Motown version by these Michigan boys. Farner's original, "We Gotta Have Love," is worthwhile, as is the tremendous rendition of "Hey Everybody." Yes, this record was released to cash in on the fame of Grand Funk Railroad, and there is even a picture disc version of it. The release of this music made the boys in the band angry, but there is a silver lining. Monumental Funk shows that Grand Funk Railroad was no fluke and that Mark Farner was a major talent before Capitol Records signed him and brought him to the attention of millions of fans.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Pre-Grand Funk Railroad! December 18, 2008
Monumental Funk - 1974 - 6 Tracks, by Quadico (QLP-7401)

1. We Gotta Have Love - 4:11
2. Hey Everybody - 3:37
3. I've Got News for You - 4:47
4. Come See About Me - 4:16
5. Harlem Shuffle - 5:22
6. Love Lights - 7:06
Info: Mark Farner: Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals Don Brewer:
Drums, Vocals
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1.0 out of 5 stars Basically a low-fi, overdubbed, re-edited bootleg June 2, 2013
Appearing in 1974 to cash in on the success of "We're An American Band" was the intentionally misleading "Monumental Funk". Issued as both a gatefold LP and a picture disc from fly-by-night "Quadisco Records Inc.". The LP is credited to Mark Farner and Don Brewer, conspicuously careful not to actually say "Grand Funk" anywhere on it. (The gatefold photo, however, shows the duo sitting in a railroad station under a sign reading "Grand Junction".)

This album has usually been described as a bootleg over the years and often has an accompanying price tag to match that sort of designation. To no one's surprise Grand Funk brought a cease-and-desist lawsuit against Quadisco Records for releasing the LP without permission. The band has never received a penny of any profits. Don Brewer cracked, "I hope they made their two-hundred bucks on it, or whatever!"

So, what exactly do we have here? Immediately recognizable are the titles of the first post-Knight Fabulous Pack single, but the other titles don't match up to anything previously released by the band. Looking a bit deeper, the labels read "Licensed from Lucky Eleven Records Inc.," which in itself is somewhat interesting since the tracks from the single at least theoretically would have been owned by Allan Klein after his purchase of Lucky Eleven distributor Cameo-Parkway; that's how ABKCO ended up releasing the compilation of old Terry Knight & The Pack tracks.

Being post-Terry Knight, those two singles tracks, "Harlem Shuffle" and "I've Got News for You," were not on the ABKCO disc "Mark, Don & Terry". Here they are a bit slowed down from the original single and re-edited to repeat sections and make them longer.
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