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3.8 out of 5 stars

on October 4, 2002
This album is a great buy considering the four CD's and other knick knacks which are included.
Grand Funk Railroad's first album, On Time was recorded on 8-Track in June of 1969, just one month before their performance at the Atlanta Pop Festival. Capitol records signed them on the spot after the show and the On Time album was officially released in Sept of 1969. The album includes standards such as Are you ready, T.N.U.C, Into the sun and Heartbreaker, which are songs that Grand Funk played many times live during their career. Other classic GFR tunes are Anybody's Answer, Time Machine, High on a horse, Call yourself a man, Can't be too long and Ups and downs. This was a great debut album for the power trio from Flint, Mi and it sounds much better now since it's been re-mastered.
The second album by GFR was simply called Grand Funk. It's red cover with live pics of Mark, Don and Mel became known as the Grand Funk (Red Album) by their fans. This album was a better recording then On Time and featured Grand Funk in their most raw state. Their hard grinding blues resonated a feeling that was very down to earth and realistic. The band spent a total of three days to record this album and did little overdubbing on it. Many of the songs on the Red Album can be considered as vehicles for their concerts, because after all Grand Funk was best known as a live band. Songs such as In Need, Paranoid and GFR's version of Inside looking out were concert favorites. The album starts off on a bang with, Got this thing on the move. A great jam tune that features Mark's fuzz tone Messenger guitar right in your face, along with Don's hard driving drumming and Mel's great bass work, all working together in unison. The album also includes the songs, Please don't worry, High Falootin woman, Mr. Limousine driver and Winter and my soul. There are also two bonus tracks which include and early version of, Nothing is the same and an alternate track of Mr. Limousine drive. The best way to listen to this CD is just crank it up, then lay back and feel it. It's the ultimate garage band album.
Closer to home is the Grand Funk album that put them over the top. When GFR released the album in June of 1970, they rented a giant billboard in New York's Time Square to help promote it. This did help the band, because along with Grand Funk's constant touring, the album broke the top ten list and went on to sell over three million copies. This was Grand Funk's best album musically up to this point in their career and it also featured their spellbinding song, I'm your captain. A song which touched millions and gave hope and peace to many of our military men and women in Viet Nam. This album was more R&B in feel and also showed some gospel roots as well. The Closer to home re-master also includes unreleased tracks of Mean Mistreater, also live versions of Heartbreaker, In Need and Mean Mistreater as well. Mark, Don & Mel played great together on this album and were very harmonious as well. Closer to home is a true rock anthem. This is without doubt the most explosive album ever released and the sound GFR get's on this CD is both awsome and sensual. The hard driving rhythm and blues that Grand Funk played is best captured on this album, without any overdubbing of any kind. It is wild, fun and can easly drive you into a frenzy. This is another album that you just have to crank up and feel the great vibes that are coming out at full force. The album erupts with Are you ready. A song which features Don Brewer on lead vocals and Mark Farner's screaming guitar work, while Mel Schacher keeps the rhythm going with his superb bass play. Paranoid kicks in with raw energy and sustain, then GFR goes into thier song In Need. A great live song which features a wild and searing guitar solo by Mark. Heartbreaker and Mean Mistreater then take the band into a more solemn tone and then they break into their awsome jam tune called, Mark say's alright. T.N.U.C is a song that features Don Brewer's fantastic drum work, because of the great drum solo by Donnie B. It's also a hard driving tune that's full of excitement and energy. It's the ultamate free form rock song and one of their best known live tunes. They always had the fans in the palms of their hands with this song too. Grand Funk then finishes off with Into the sun. A great song with a melody and feel that takes you on a trip of rapture and leaves the fans craving for more. It is the ultimate live album by the best concert band of all time.
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on September 30, 2002
I first heard Grand Funk in the back seat of a '57 Chevy goin' up M-24 in late September of '69...."PARANOID" was the first tune to hit my ears (and made them BLEED), and I've been a DIEHARD GrandFunkFanatic ever since that day. I've heard about every GFR tune ever done, own every CD there is, 8 track, cassette, LP, you name it- I've either had it or own it presently and play the hell out of it, still.
Well, my FunkChildren, it's time to put the old records/CDs/tapes away; seal 'em up and save 'em for posterity; there's plenty of reason to do that, and it starts with the brand-new TRUNK OF FUNK, and the first four CDs of the NEWLY REMASTERED (in 24 BIT, no less) GRAND FUNK RAILROAD CATALOG!!
"ON TIME", "GRAND FUNK", "CLOSER TO HOME" and "LIVE ALBUM" are all there in the best sense of every note, phrase, lick, lyric, kick drum, bass run up the scales and cymbal crash- OH, BABY- if you're a diehard GFR fan, like me (and a few dozen other of my pals from around the world), your ears are gonna MELT and BLEED before you're done with these CDs.
You'll smile ear to ear all the while, too.
"ON TIME", the first release from GFR in '69, is just AWESOME from start to finish; the separation of the individual instruments, the definition, clarity and the BASS WHOMP!! that Mel Schacher hit us all with that got the world's attention is all there, PLUS sonic enhancements- you'll swear that this may be the first time you ever listened to this album like this, you can't help ROCKS. This may be one of the greatest BLUES/ROCK albums ever made, but because of Terry ("I'm not a producer") Knight's incompetency behind a mixer, nobody ever knew it before now....take a listen and you'll hear what I mean. It's soooooo good, soooooo smooth and groovin', even Todd is smilin' ear to ear and he had nothin' to do with GFR (yet....).
"GRAND FUNK" was THE DEFINITIVE 'heavy metal' album that hooked us all. THAT BASS- whoa, baby- POWER CHORDS- rippin' vocals- and Mr. A$$KICKER lettin' it go on the drums made EVERYONE sit up and take notice that this was THE BAND to pay attention to. You ain't gonna believe what this sounds like, unless you sit and roll a big, ol' fattie up and crack a Schlitz with the headphones on. Do it....and you can thank me later. OUT-FUNKIN'-STANDING. Four bongs!!
"CLOSER TO HOME"....for many of my brothers and myself, CTH was THE GFR album that got us back to "The World", mentally and emotionally, let alone physically. It did me. There's a special place that no other record will ever be able to hold in my heart that this one has securely all by itself.
My God, I stood in the middle of the room when I played this, with tears in my eyes. This is timeless, historical, reverent and incredible music, my friends. It sounds as if you're hearing it for the very first time, it's soooooo good. This album should be mandatory listening for EVERYONE on this world. It's fabulous. If this doesn't grab you, you're already dead. Wonderful from opening note to final fadeout. AND, those "bonus cuts" are hot as hell, too!
"LIVE ALBUM"....HOLY BACK-DRAFT, BATMAN, can this band - R O C K - or what??? You may THINK you've heard "live albums" before that melt the tweeters and shred the woofers- but man, you ain't heard THIS ONE like this ever before!!!!!! Brace yourself, grab onto the chair- THIS was the record that the Memorex ad with the guy sitting in the easy chair being blown away facing the speaker was representing!! Even Terry (I'm STILL not a producer) Knight's awful mix can't take away what happens in this album right from the first chords of "ARE YOU READY?" (and you damn well better be, too) till it's OVER. Finally, the PROPER ORDER of the show is revealed, too. This one is gonna rock yer (eye)balls off. Guaranteed to start a WHOLE NEW GENERATION of ROCK FANS to want MORE of this band (who, by the way, is reformed and out on tour NOW [minus Mark Farner, solo performer]- replaced by KISS veteran Bruce Kulick on guitar, .38 Special's MAX CARL on lead vocals, and The Silver Bullet Band's keyboardist Tim Cashion with, OF COURSE, Don "Mr. A$$KICKER" Brewer and Mel "The GOD of THUNDER" Schacher, the heart, rhythm and backbone of GFR from the start)!!
I can't WAIT to get my hands on the next four remasters!! DAVID TEDDS & Co. has done yet ANOTHER incredible job (see "GRAND FUNK RAILROAD LIVE- The 1971 TOUR"). THANK GOD Capitol Records put Grand Funk Railroad's remasters in the capable hands of such DEDICATED GRAND FUNK FANS as DAVID TEDDS and EVREN GOKNAR!!
You're welcome!!
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VINE VOICEon September 17, 2002
The Trunk Of Funk look's like an old leather trunk and includes the first 4 reissues ON TIME, GRAND FUNK (what we FUNKnatics Call RED ALBUM), CLOSER TO HOME and LIVE ALBUM-all 24 Bit Digitally Remasterred with Bonus tracks and new Liner notes-already inside and space to hold another 8 classic GFR reissues that are to be released over the 7 or 8 months. Each box is a LIMITED EDITION and each is individually numbered 10,000 copies will be manufactured worldwide. Each box also includes a sticker, a pic and some Shinin On 3D glasses. This is a must have for any BIG Grand Funk Fan.
This box set inclde GFRs first 4 album's from their power trio days. All four of these CDs are 24 bit digitially remasterred and are masterpiece's of rock n roll from cover to cover. Capitol Hired David Tedds (A Huge GFR Fan) to head the project and he did a wonderful job. The remastering is wonderful the (Bong Rattling) bass of Mel Schacher is right in your face the whole set, Mark Farner's Guitar is crisp and clean Don Brewer's (competent) drums are clear as a bell and the (wild shirtless) Vocals of Mark and Don are all clear and fantastic. (Parentheses from Homer Simpson).
ON TIME is a Great debut Album and ranks out there with the greats of the 70s. The songs are; Are you ready, Anybody's Answer, Time Machine, High On A Horse, T.N.U.C., Into The Sun, Heartbreaker, Call Yourself A Man, Can't Be Too Long, Ups and Downs all rock and this CD includes new liner notes and Photo's as well as bonus tracks. The Bonus tracks are The original versions of Heartbreaker and High On A Horse, both are very cool.
RED ALBUM Like On Time its a sledge hammer album, but even heavier with the smash songs that GFR used live such as In Need, Inside Looking Out and Paranoid as well as the radio friendly songs Mr. Limousine Driver, Please Don't worry, and High Falottin Women; and the Sledge hammer rocker Got This Thing On The Move. The Bonus tracks are a demo version of Nothing is the same, which I absolutely LOVE, and an extended version of Mr. Limousine Driver which is very cool.
CLOSER TO HOME; singled a change for GFR. Now this "heavy Metal Band" is showing the ability to change and showing versatility and more sophisticated lyrics. A more blues based album It also contains GFR magus Opus, I'm Your Captain. Its wonderful song and singer Songwriter Mark Farner said it came to him in a dream and that he believe God gave him this song to be meaningful to people. It has been meaningful to me for over 30 years now and to millions of others as well. The song is just a beautiful blend of melodic Guitar chords (Mark Farner) a great lead bass line
(Mel Schacher) and wonderful drumming along (Don Brewer) with great lead
vocals by Mark and wonderful Harmonies between Mark and Don, take all that
and include a great orchestra blended and you have an all time rock classic. This CD is great from start to finish. Sin's a Good Man's Brother is a hard rocker with an infectious groove. Aimless Lady a cool Bluesy rocker. Nothing is the same showed more sophistication in lyric writing for the young band and it rocks as well. Mean Mistreater and is slow down for the band a bluesy song crying out for lost love. Get it together is a fun (mostly) instrumental a nice grove provided by the rhythm section and some nice guitar chops at the end. Hooked On Love has that Gospel feel that influences much rock n roll from the 60s and early 70s, a typical we got to have Love song and a very good one.. The Bonus tracks are an Alternate mix of Mean Mistreater. And three excellent Live Rockers, In Need, Heartbreaker and Mean Misterater all from the power trios prime performances.
LIVE ALBUM is pure energy; its GFR in all its Live bombastic, Spinal tap, Power Trio Glory. This is the Greatest Live Album of all time (or second Best behind Grand Funk Railroad Live The 1971 Tour, Its a toss up), there are no overdubs only a few tweaks with the audience noise (the sound on these blows away all the imports). Mark and Don together were just the pack, but when they stole Mel from ? and the Mysterians the magic happened and the Pack became Grand Funk Railroad. This album captured millions of fans for GFR who still
reminisce about it to this day. It sounds fantastic, its nice and bass heavy, like GFR was, in there power trio days. This edition of LIVE ALBUM is a 24 Bit Remasterred Masterpiece, of hard rock n roll from cover to cover. The tracks are; Introduction, Are you Ready, Paranoid, In Need, Heartbreaker, Words Of Wisdom, Mean Mistreater. Mark Say's Alright, T.N.U.C., Inside Looking Out, and Into the Sun. This is a MUST HAVE LIVE ALBUM from the 70s. for Every fan of Hard Rock.
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on April 20, 2009
The price was coming down on this baby for the past couple of weeks, and I was getting tempted as of late Saturday night when it was down to about $42. But, in the wink of a eye, it shot back up to the list price of $63. Sorry, no dice on the list price. This is probably just as well 'cause I'm much more interested in their later stuff, much more interesting from a musical standpoint (especially "Good Singin', Good Playin'", which I will be reviewing forthwith). The goodies herein and the trunk were what caught my eye. Maybe it'll come back down some day. . .
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on October 18, 2002
First off, Grand Funk is my all time favorite US garage band, if not US band period. I was stoked to hear of the COMPLETE Capitol catolog re-release's. Secondly, I am happy with the CD's themselves, although I thought the idea of buying the trunk (Box set)was to get ALL of the CD's at once. My first dissappointment however was the lack of thought (coolness!) and 5 cent budget put into the trunk (cardboard box covered with colored paper & filled with 2 measly little useless trinkets in a special smaller box.) Remember the age group this band came from! If you are short of money, then I suggest "Thirty Years of Funk" box set, as a much better value. My second & biggest dissappointment is that no where in the 12 album (CD) reissue is the number one album of all time! Mark, Don & Mel 1969-1971 ! This is the ONLY CD REISSUE most of us even want. I played this album, 8-track, & cassette to death. Fortunately I still have an LP to burn a CD from.
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