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We're an American Band Gold CD

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Gold CD
  • Label: Audio Fidelity
  • ASIN: B003HGKJ7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,233 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on August 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
When released in 1973, the first 100,000 units were on virgin gold vinyl. Grand Funk was the only group to release their albums on virgin vinyl. It was sign of things to come for the band and was truly the most successful year for the group, which they needed after dumping Terry Knight and embroiled in lawsuits and fears that maybe they wouldn't succeed but they did. Although more POP then previous albums, this was a Grand Funk album no doubt; introducing the songwriting abilities of Don Brewer (who had co-written other songs previously, but this album has songs written only by him). It was more upbeat then the previous "Phoenix" album and had a party theme to it, yet Mark Farner did contribute a soul-searching song on how American Indians are treated in " Loneliest Rider". It's the second album with keyboardist Craig Frost now a full fledge member of the band, posing nude with the rest of them on the inside gatefold of the cover. "The Railroad", "Stop Looking Back" along with the Mark Farner signature type song "Ain't got Nobody" are well worth the price of this CD along with the hits "Walk Like a Man" and of course "American Band". Capital is planning to re-release this on a gold CD so watch out for that!
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Arguably the best album Grand Funk ever did. I still wouldn't call it essential, though. Producer Todd Rundgren was the best thing that ever happened to this group. American Band was Grand Funk's seventh studio album & climbed to #2 on the album charts, the highest position of all their albums. Two singles charted: "We're an American Band" which was a #1 hit & "Walk Like a Man" which peaked at #19.

The album opens with "We're an American Band", penned by Don Brewer. It was the first song that he got a complete writing credit, vocals are by him also. "Stop Lookin' Back" is one of their best album tracks, it's some of the better lyrics that involve doing time. "Creepin'" is Farner's first lead vocal on the album though it's only an average song. "Black Licorice" has another vocal by Brewer. Lyrically, it's similar to the Stones' "Brown Sugar" but not near as good. Most fans of Funk will realize that the Stones were one of their favorite groups. "The Railroad" is Farner's tribute, of sorts, to his father who had been employed (and died) by Grand Trunk Railroad. It's a good track especially toward the end where the sound effects of a locomotive are employed. "Ain't Got Nobody" falls into the average territory. "Walk Like a Man" is a powerful song with lead vocal by Brewer. "Loneliest Rider" is the final song of the original album, it's Farner's tribute to his Native American heritage.

Capitol Records has treated us with four bonus tracks, two which were outtakes from the American Band sessions. In other words, we're not just getting live versions or alternate versions. The first is "Hooray" which is actually a very good song, it's better than at least two songs that ARE on the album. Then there's "The End" which is also great.
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By Bryan on May 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Yeah, it's quite obvious THIS is the album where Grand Funk Railroad turned commercial, but sometimes -though quite rare- an obvious commercial approach is just what a band needs to recharge their batteries, and I think Grand Funk may have been aware of that back in the day, and thus results in an album that radio stations probably found some comfort in.

The funk is still there, though not as noticeable as before. The hard rock is still there, but again, it was more noticeable on previous albums.

What this album does VERY well is succeed in sheer amazing songwriting. You can practically sing along to any one of these vocal melodies, and the album feels like it would work really well at a party scene. How many people were partying back in the 70's with this album playing on the turntable? I'm sure a lot of people were, especially those in the Detroit area.

I just love "Creepin". An EASY highlight for me, because the vocals are fantastic. "Ain't Got Nobody" sounds like it should have been a HUGE hit, a much bigger hit than the title song, but it didn't turn out that way. I almost want to say "I guarantee you'll love this song" but maybe it's not for everyone. Sure FEELS like it could have been a huge hit though.

The closing song "Loneliest Rider" takes the band in a much different direction than I ever heard the band attempt before as far as lyrical matter is concerned, and I enjoy it.

Overall, I think very highly of this album, and I believe you will too.
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Just got my copy of 180 gram "We're an American Band" on transparent gold vinyl. Simply beautiful. My only complaint is the original release of the gatefold jacket was entirely of gold foil. Like later additions, this LP has the flat matt gold which I don't mind, however, if you're going to rerelease a special gold LP addition, why not go the extra mile and release it with the gold foil jacket. Hence 4 out of 5 stars. At least I have a special edition CD with the gold foil jacket.
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Grank Funk Railroad, often lost respect of the critics, but never of their fans. Employing the production talents of Todd Rundgren, and introducing full time keyboardist, Craig Frost, Mark, Don and Mel came up with a highly succesful meeting of commercial ditties, with a hard rockin' edge. The best example on this album, "Creepin'", which has an almost mystical background, with strongly hypnotic vocal, that no hard rock fan should be able to resist. Although the title track, "We're an American Band", has become a rock and roll anthem, little else on the album will disapoint. You can feel the blue collar ethic of the band in the driving beat of "The Railroad". You'll find yourself moving without control to the power chords of "Black Licorice". Try it out. You'll find it's true, Grand Funk is An American Band.
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