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|Grand Funk Railroad|
Grand Funk Lives
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Fronted by Mark Farner & Don Brewer, Grand Funk Railroad was one of the most successful rock groups of the 1970's. After nearly a decade with Capitol Records, they switched over to the Warner offshoot, Full Moon Records fo... more »
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Fronted by Mark Farner & Don Brewer, Grand Funk Railroad was one of the most successful rock groups of the 1970's. After nearly a decade with Capitol Records, they switched over to the Warner offshoot, Full Moon Records for two albums. Grand Funk Lives & What's Funk? Released on CD for only a short time by the band themselves, these fine albums finally are available everywhere through Wounded Bird.
bigchet | Madison, Ohio United States | 05/16/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A little mellow at times. I like this one a little better than What's funk. Has some rockers on it, but again don't pay an arm and a leg for it."
"WHAT THE FUNK"
Daniel Sneddon | ONTARIO,CANADA | 04/08/2008
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I AM A HUGE GRAND FUNK FAN SO I PICKED UP THIS RE-RELEASE AT MY LOCAL "TUNE SHOP"......THIS IS FAR FROM THE GREAT RELEASES OF THE PAST AS ONLY FARNER AND BREWER ARE ON THIS OFFERING.THE TUNES ARE WEAK WITH THE EXCEPTION OF "WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE" AND "TESTIFY"....A LET DOWN TO SAY THE LEAST-SAVE YOUR $$$$$$$"
Only half of this CD actually "lives"!
F. Todd Jennings | dugspur, VA United States | 07/12/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"" Grand Funk Lives" didn't exactly break any barriers when it was first released, in fact it seemed to hit the cut-out bins fairly quick, but it did a fine job of announcing their comeback.
"Good Times" is a bright opening tune and a delicious return to the typical Grand Funk "let's party" rave-up. It is loose and gloriously dumb lyric-wise but it sounds like they really had fun recording it.
"Y.O.U." is a memorable, upbeat, pop song which should have been a minor radio hit had anyone thought to properly promote it.
"Queen Bee", a minor hit at the time, is the best produced song on the album and has held up well over the past quarter century.
"We Gotta Get Outta This Place" is the most fun song on here. It sounds like they just took off playing, latched onto a riff and had a great time winging it. Mark's guitar tone is at its most brutal on this song. For those of you who would agree that Grand Funk beat the Stones at their own game with their fuzzed-out version of "Gimme Shelter" then this boisterous cover of the Animals will be most enjoyable indeed.
"Wait For Me" is a poignant but heavy-hitting nod to Farner's Christian beliefs and is probably the most heartfelt song on the record. Great vocal harmonies and wondrously metallic guitar.
Unfortunately, the rest of the songs tend to bog down the remainder of the album. The painfully dull, keyboard-driven "Stuck In The Middle" lopes along hoping to move forward but never really does. Songs like "Greed Of Man" try to push heavy social commentary with a terribly pedestrian riff and fail miserably. "Testify" seeks to back up a decade or two by adding some soulful aspects but sadly remains in neutral.
In summation: Half of this CD is a worthy listen and deserving of at least 4 stars but the weaker offerings constituting the other half lowered my overall rating to 3 stars."