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We're An American Band Original recording remastered
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|1. We're An American Band|
|2. Stop Lookin' Back|
|4. Black Licorice|
|5. The Railroad|
|6. Ain't Got Nobody|
|7. Walk Like A Man|
|8. Loneliest Rider|
|10. The End|
|11. Stop Lookin' Back (Acoustic Mix)|
|12. We're An American Band (2002 Remix)|
They lost the "Railroad" in their name but they gained a producer (Todd Rundgren) and a #1 hit single! With four bonus tracks.
Having garnered a confounding mix of loyal fan base and universally bad reviews for the plodding, predictable blues-rock that powered their seemingly endless tours at the dawn of the '70s, Grand Funk Railroad spent the next couple years retooling both their line-up and sound. Keyboardist Craig Frost expanded the trio's musical range, while guitarist/vocalist Mark Farner honed his pop hooks and songwriting skills. But it was the savvy addition of producer Todd Rundgren on this 1973 album that pushed the band (whose name was now shortened to simply Grand Funk) to the top of the charts via the infectious, Don Brewer-written-and-sung title track/anthem/single. Brewer also comes into his own on the hard-charging, pop-rock standouts "Black Licorice" and "Walk Like a Man." This expanded edition features a contemporary remix of the title track, a couple of strong outtakes, and a previously unreleased acoustic mix of "Stop Looking Back." --Jerry McCulley
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First of all, there's the title track. Drummer Don Brewer's first real attempts at writing music are present on this album, and we can see that they clash with the ideals of Mark Farner. Brewer wanted to write fun pop songs, while Farner wanted to write about society and the natural world. "We're An American Band" is the only song on the album written completely by Don Brewer, and although it has a really kicking beat, lyrically, it's nothing more than an advertisement for the band.
Contrast this to the three songs written by Mark Farner: "Creepin'," "The Railroad," and "Loneliest Rider." We see Farner being himself: analyzing life, society, brotherhood and human spirituality behind a veil of outstanding rock music. He gets a bit more experimental with some songs. "Loneliest Rider" contains a solo on the moog synthesizer, which fits well with the song's context about Western colonization of the New World and the downfall of Native American cultures. During the lengthy bridge solo on "The Railroad," there comes a point where Don Brewer starts beating a kettle drum, slowly at first, and then faster and faster, to mimic a departing train. This is emphasized by some scratchy guitar riffs from Farner, not unlike what Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre did in the song "Locomotive Breath.Read more ›
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Grand Funk - American Band ASIN # B000071WY2 "remastered" etc.
= There is no difference what so ever in the sound quality between this disc and the plastic early... Read more
I never would have thought GFR was capable of such melody and twists in their music! The ascending riffs in "Black Licorice" and the slow menacing crawl with an orchestra... Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Benjamin Ray
Well, this is about the most underrated group (and album ) in music histoty. I realy love this album. I bought this album when i was... Read morePublished on April 2 2004 by robert kratochwill
THE SOUND QUALITY IS MUCH SHARPER THAN THE 95 RELEASE OF IT. ALL SONGS ARE GREAT.Published on Jan. 18 2004 by cool j
This is an excellent album and is definateley necessary to any fan of music from the early 70's. The best song on this album is "The End". Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2003 by Jo Ann Peters
Grand Funk peaked with WE'RE AN AMERICAN BAND. The title track and "Walk Like A Man (You Can Call Me Your Man)" are acknowledged classics, but the other songs are great too. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003
It's Grand Funk. What more can I say. They're the best. Period!Published on Dec 1 2002 by gadget lover