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5.0 out of 5 stars Who's Your Captain.......?,
This review is from: Closer To Home (Audio CD)Some of the best hard rock, American style, in my collection.
I will order another copy of this. It is one of those keepers.
This was part on my teenage wasteland experience. "Aimless Lady"
I knew her well! This is worth the freight on....Grand Funk Railroad
This is all about memory lane. This is "garage band makes good" in the 70's
Almost anything was possible back then. Or so we believed! Take a chance...
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars is not enough,
This review is from: Closer To Home (Audio CD)What really [ticks] me off is that I have had this album on cassette, 8-track, 2 copies on vinyl, and CD. Now that it is remastered with extra tracks, how can I say no? This album has been playing in my house since 1970, and I've never grown tired of it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Please Play Loudly,
By A Customer
This review is from: Closer To Home (Audio CD)I was over a friend's house and she put a CD on and I had no clue what band it was. I soon found myself listening to the songs and becoming enthralled at the quality of the sound from not only the CD, but the music itself which was just amazing.
After listening to the entire CD I decided to buy it even though I had never even heard of the band before (that's how good it was). I bought it at B&N and listened to it at least 2 times every day for about 2 months. If someone is interested in classic rock with early heavy metal and blues influences, this is the CD for you. The live bonus tracks are great, especially the sound and energy of the crowd.
However, the three tracks of Mean Mistreater are a little excessive, and after a while I found myself skipping over the re-mix and the live version.
4.0 out of 5 stars Capitol finally did it!,
This review is from: Closer To Home (Audio CD)The original version of this CD was terrible. It sounded worse than the vinyl record. I still can't believe that Capitol have the nerve to release it that way. The remastered version is substantially better. Closer to Home again has its full fidelity and sounds better than ever. This is the album that shows Grand Funk at its best. The playing is energetic and tight. The arrangements are excellent, and it really is quite amazing that there are only three band members here.
The remastered CD may need some tone control adjustments. The sound will come through strong and clear though.
5.0 out of 5 stars Taking off the kid gloves.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Closer To Home (Audio CD)On this, their third album, Grand Funk Railroad's own unique sound became fully evolved. The band had started with re-written and refined material from their days as another group when they debuted as GFR in 1969 with "On Time." With their second album, "Grand Funk," the band gave birth to a unique entity of music: a hybrid of edgy hard rock, quirky pop, and soulful blues. However, their music, though catchy, was still very infantile. It was clear that the band was still learning to crawl. With "Closer to Home," they officially carved their niche into the musical world with a vengeance. The pulsating rhythms of Mel Schacher's bass, the primal yet deeply spiritual melodies of Mark Farner's guitar, and the much-underrated beat of Don Brewer's drumming came together to paint a picture of how society should be.
The songs, though sometimes mistaken for party fare, are very conceptual. One the A Side, the band examines the world as it was in 1970 (and still is today): a cold place where humanity is in danger of being wiped out by its own desires. On the B Side, Mark Farner's lyrics shift from an observation to a warning: that our best chance for survival as a species depends on adopting an attitude of peace, love, and mutual respect and tolerance for one's neighbors, be they friend or foe. This idea is slowly built upon until it reaches a head with the band's magnum opus: "I'm Your Captain," a ten-minute tour de force of quiet yet explosive rhythms, and some of Farner's best lyrics. The band spends the last half of the song pleading with society to find its way back to the light (accompanied by a flutist and a string section, a first for the group).
What really makes these songs stand out from Farner's earlier efforts is more of a devotion to words with a meaning. In the past, songs that touched upon Farner's personal philosophy were often outnumbered by songs that had more of a pop feeling to them, as far as lyrics were concerned. His abilities as a songwriter matured, so that even on songs like "Aimless Lady," the words and music do a better job of blending into a symmetrical whole. This idea is carried into the next song about a broken releationship: "Mean Mistreater." This song is entirely about rhythm, as Mark Farner takes off his guitar and trades it for an organ. Combined with Schacher's bass and Brewer's fiery percussions, you won't even notice that the guitar is gone. As for the rest of the songs, there is a purity to the band's musicianship that is more refined than it was on earlier albums. Don Brewer manages to keep the beat without hitting the cymbals every five seconds, and both he and Mel Schacher feed Mark Farner a rhythm which Farner uses to sculpt magnificent chords on his guitar: every bit as edgy as the last album, but with just the right amount of pop. And as for Mel Schacher: if his bass doesn't get your feet tapping (especially on "Nothing Is The Same"), you might be legally dead. All in all, the band delivers more than just a message that people must learn to live in harmony. They're saying: "Look out, world. We've learned how to rock, and we're not taking any prisoners."
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS CD.,
This review is from: Closer To Home (Audio CD)As a fan, you need this CD if only for the bonus tracks alone.
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this, even if you have it, for the bonus tracks!,
This review is from: Closer To Home (Audio CD)I have Closer to Home, the older version, but when I read about the bonus tracks on the CD, I knew I'd be buying it. Yes, the sound is much, much better! But, whoa, the bonus tracks are killer! There's four of them and by far the best bonus track is an 11-minute In Need that just ROCKS! Closer to Home was a great album waaaay back when I was a teenager and bought it when it came out, and it's still good. Closer to Home/I'm Your Captain is one of rock's classics. Period. No argument. It's great that Capitol is re-releasing the Grand Funk catalogue (E Pluribus funk and three more albums are due in November, with four more to follow in February 2003). The audio quality is great, this is a really solid album, and, well, you gotta crank up the stereo when that IN NEED comes on! That one tune alone makes this remaster worth buying.
5.0 out of 5 stars This remaster kicks ...,
This review is from: Closer To Home (Audio CD)This album is one of the all time heavy metal classics. Don's drumming is out of this world! The album is so clear now. It was high time capitol remastered GFR's albums. If you like this album, or if you have never heard it, you must buy this NOW! The clarity is beyond any other pressing of this album's past. GFR RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great improvement!,
This review is from: Closer To Home (Audio CD)Well worth the upgrade!! Not just for the vastly improved sound quality, a real booklet, liner notes, etc., but just for the live version of In Need. WOW!! One of the best live Grand Funk performances I've ever heard. The alternate version of Mean Mistreater is just like the liner notes say, once you get used to hearing the organ alongside Mark's piano, you'll find it the definitive version. Grand Funk's best album ever is now nearly 75 minutes, spend the money!
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY,
This review is from: Closer To Home (Audio CD)An all-time classic is available on CD......this is a very
underrated album. Sin's a Good Man's Brother is excellent and
Aimless Lady is funky and loose......highly recommended if only
for the awesome "I'm your Captain/Closer to Home". The ocean
sounds and string section at the end are now right up front and
very clear......I've enjoyed this band for over 30 years and it's
exciting that these classics are now digital......reviewer Linda
should check in soon with her thoughts and I look forward to
reading them......Linda, your taste in music is way cool and putting this disc on your Listamania was a smart move.....I recommend this disc to old fans as well as the new ones that want
to know a little more about the band besides "The Locomotion" or
"We're an American Band".......5 stars all the way......
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