Classic Masters Original recording remastered, Import
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This 24 BIT fully remastered classic masters contains 15 Grand Funk Railroad hits on one CD and it sounds absolutely wonderful. This classic masters CD has a good representation of Grand Funk Railroad's career at Capitol (69-76) from Time Machine and Mean Misterater, to I'm Your Captian/Closer To Home (There Magus Opus), to We're An American Band (there biggest Hit) Walk Like A Man and Shinin On (Both Big its), to Take me and Bad Time (there two last Radio hits whit Bad Time being the most played song on the radio in 76). EMI. 2005.
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Despite the non-stop criticism from the rock press, nothing succeeds like success, and Grand Funk was undeniably one of the biggest bands of the era. I do, however, have a few issues with this remastered collection:
*It's nice to see that they added the 1976 hit "Take Me" (No. 53), not found on the 1991 Collectors Series compilation. But with a running time of only 71 minutes why did they also delete "Inside Looking Out" from 1970 which was the only UK hit of their career? [These are the only two track listing changes that differentiate between Collectors Series and Classic Masters.]
*Three other singles are missing: "Upsetter" (No. 73) from E PLURIBUS FUNK, "Sally" (No. 69) from BORN TO DIE, and "Can You Do It" (No. 45) from the Frank Zappa-produced album GOOD SINGIN' GOOD PLAYIN'.
*Also, the track sequencing on Classic Masters is not chronological, which hurts the continuity.
All told, this is a great artifact from one of the great power trios of the era. GFR was a no-nonsense party band, and if you're looking for a single CD to provide you with all of their best moments--this is it. For maximum effect, crank this up to ten, and roll down the windows. LOUD! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
The songs contained on these two discs are the same, except for one song on each: the Capital Collectors Series includes "Inside Looking Out"; and the Classic Masters disc includes "Take Me". Neither of these songs are among the bands's best IMHO, so it shouldn't be a deciding factor.
I compared the sound quality of both CDs quite carefully on a high-end CD player listening through high-end headphones, switching back and forth multiple times for each song, and the Classic Masters CD sounds noticeably better: overall dynamic range is better, which makes the vocals cleaner; and high notes, particularly cymbals and violins, are much less distorted than on the Capital Collectors Series CD. Both discs still exhibit plenty of distortion at times, but that is to be expected from 30+ year old master tapes.
I find the sound qualtiy on the Classic Masters to be acceptable, so I think I'll keep it.