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Grand Funk — We're An American Band (1973)

Grand Funk — We're An American Band (July 15th, 1973)United States               Grand Funk — We're An American Band
Δ  Vyprodali jsme Shea Stadium rychleji než Beatles v roce 1971 a bylo to neuvěřitelné. (Don Brewer) Location: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Album release: July 15, 1973
Recorded: June 12–15, 1973 at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida
Record Label: Capitol / Audio Fidelity 24K + Gold HDCD
Duration:     55:19
Tracks:
01. We're An American Band
02. Stop Lookin' Back
03. Creepin'
04. Black Licorice
05. The Railroad
06. Ain't Got Nobody
07. Walk Like A Man
08. Loneliest Rider
09. Hooray [Bonus Track]
10. The End [Bonus Track]
11. Stop Lookin' Back (Acoustic Mix) [Bonus Track]
12. We're an American Band (2002 Remix) [Bonus Track]
♦  Originally Album Produced and Engineered by Todd Rundgren.
♦  Mastered for this reissue by Steve Hoffman!
Personnel:
♦  Mark Farner — vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric piano, conga
♦  Don Brewer — vocals, drums, percussion
♦  Craig Frost — organ, clavinet, electric piano, moog
♦  Mel Schacher — bass
Credits:
♦  Don Brewer Composer, Drums, Percussion, Vocals
♦  Andrew Cavaliere Concept, Design
♦  Mark Farner Composer, Congas, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Harmonica, Keyboards, Piano (Electric), Vocals
♦  Craig Frost Clavinet, Moog Synthesizer, Organ, Piano (Electric)
♦  Evren Göknar Remastering
♦  Lynn Goldsmith Concept, Design, Photography
♦  Grand Funk Railroad Primary Artist
♦  John Hoernle Art Direction
♦  Todd Rundgren Engineer, Producer
♦  Mel Schacher Bass, Vocals
♦  Seth Snyder Assistant Engineer
Recording, production, artwork, and packaging:
♦  We're an American Band was the group's first collaboration with producer/engineer Todd Rundgren. Rundgren and the band recorded the album at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida on June 13–15, 1973. Rundgren would go on to produce the band's next album, Shinin' On, before the band switched to Jimmy Ienner.
♦  The album's original issue, as well as of the "We're an American Band" single, was on translucent yellow vinyl, symbolic of a "Gold record." The album labels, above the side numbers, instructed listeners to play "at full volume." It included four stickers (two blue, and two red) with the Grand Funk "Pointing Finger" logo. Emphasizing the shortening of the group's name, the word "Railroad" does not appear anywhere on the album sleeve, liner, or vinyl record, except as the title of the first song on side two of the album.
Chart (1973) Peak position:
∩   Canadian Top Albums:     #4
∩   German Albums:     #46
∩   Norwegian Top 40 Albums:     #12
∩   US Billboard 200:     #2


♦  "We're an American Band" (from the album of the same name) became Grand Funk Railroad's first #1 single on 29 September 1973, Mark Farner's 25th birthday. Written by Don Brewer and produced by Todd Rundgren, its huge chart success broadened Grand Funk's appeal. It was sung by Brewer rather than Farner, who usually took lead vocals.
♦  It is the 99th song on VH1's 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs.
♦  B–side: "The Railroad"
Released: July 16, 1973
Recorded: June 1973
Review by William Ruhlmann; Score: ****½
♦  You cannot talk about rock in the 1970s without talking about Grand Funk Railroad — One of the true classics of Rock & Roll... Play it at full volume! On the 1973 release of their seventh studio album, it took producer Todd Rundgren to polish the pop. This is the album where they turned commercial and radio stations found comfort. The funk is still there, the hard rock is still there, but sonically, the record was sharp and detailed and the band's playing was tighter and more accomplished. The album's title song became Grand Funk's first gold–selling number one hit, it became there signature song and went on to be one of the biggest rock songs of all time. We're An American Band climbed to #2 on the album charts, the highest position of all their albums and a second single, "Walk Like a Man" also reached the Top 20.
♦  Having made several changes in their business and musical efforts in 1972, Grand Funk Railroad made even more extensive ones in 1973, beginning with their name, which was officially truncated to "Grand Funk". And keyboardist Craig Frost, credited as a sideman on Phoenix, the previous album, was now a full–fledged bandmember, filling out the musical arrangements. The most notable change, however, came with the hiring of Todd Rundgren to produce the band's album. Rundgren, a pop/rock artist in his own right, was also known for his producing abilities, and he gave Grand Funk exactly what they were looking for: We're an American Band sounded nothing like its muddy, plodding predecessors. Sonically, the record was sharp and detailed and the band's playing was far tighter and more accomplished. Most important, someone, whether the band or Rundgren, decided that gruff-voiced drummer Don Brewer should be employed as a lead singer as often as guitarist Mark Farner. Brewer also contributed more as a songwriter, and the results were immediate. The album's title song, an autobiographical account of life on the road written and sung by Brewer, was released in advance of the album and became a gold–selling number one hit, Grand Funk's first really successful single. Despite the band's previous popularity, for many, it must have been the first Grand Funk record they either heard or bought. Elsewhere on the album, Farner contributed his usual wailing vocals and guitar, singing of his heartfelt, if simpleminded, political concerns. But We're an American Band really belonged to Brewer and Rundgren, and its success constituted a redefinition of Grand Funk that came just in time. AxVault interviews Don Brewer founding member of Grand Funk Railroad. :: http://axvault.com/2012/06/27/axvault-interviews-don-brewer-founding-member-of-grand-funk-railroad/
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