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A Classic GFR Record!,
This review is from: Survival (Audio CD)
I was probably 12 years old when this LP was originally released. I loved it then, and now with extra tracks, I love it even more.This LP was a slight departure from the "in your face" approach of thier previous recordings. They played this one a bit more thoughtful and melodic, especially side two (on the lp). Songs like "I want Freedom" and "I Can Feel Him In The Morning" give the LP and almost surreal feeling. Of course thier cover of The Rolling Stones "Gimmie Shelter" finishes off the original lp with a bang. But here we have bonus material to give you a different hindsight on that period in the band's development.All in all, I have to say this is one of my favorite GFR albums. So why only 4 stars? Because even as a kid back in the 1970's I felt that "All You Got Is Money" was a horrible song. It should have never made the LP. I can see where Mark Farner might have been concerned with greed at the time, The band was becoming more sucessful with each new release. But where money grubbing hangers-on might have been a concern of Mark Farner at the time, it was not much of a reality for the fans. Think about it...GFR was a "Peoples" band. Mark Farner was a spokesperson for a new generation of young people who were mostly opposed to the mindless slaughter going on in Vietnam, and the abuse of federal and local political power of the estabilshment of the late 60's and early 70's. I don't see how he could think his fans would relate to a song about people who prey on the "well to do". Most of us were far from rich, and had no concept of the notion. The song had no realtion to the generation, or the culture of the fans he was addressing at the time. I admit, he might have had a different concept in mind, but it did not come across well, and did not fit well with the feel of the rest of the LP. It's the only bad song on the record, and IMO, it should have been left off and something else should have been used in it's place. It just does not fit.Otherwise, I have fond memories of this record. I'm glad Capitol finally got around to giving it a shot on CD. And with the bonus tracks, it's even better.
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Initial post: May 2, 2007 7:46:28 AM PDT
Hoagie Mike says:
All you've got Is Money:
Wow...you really don't like that song. Don't worry about the lyrics too much man...it's a short funky little number- that's all. Can't speak on the bonus track version...but try and see it from a new perspective, lyrically-maybe it meant something to Farner. Maybe he doesn't have to make everything relate to everyone? Forget about the "Generation, the culture of the fans". Just groove to it.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2011 11:35:29 AM PDT
Actually you are right. I have been personally haunted by this review. Since I had to drop the account this was written with, I have lost the power to delete it, which I would really like to do. Ever said anything that you wish you could take back? This is one of those times for me. I apologize to Mark Farner. I'm a better fan than I am a rock critic. Or at least I hope I'm a better fan. I love Grand Funk. Their music has meant a lot to me. Over the years, I have learned to love it more. They are one of a kind.
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