Most traditional rock followers would in all probability not put the names Frank Zappa and Grand Funk Railroad in the identical sentence. These have been two very totally different rock and roll musical artists who each performed an enormous position within the story of Basic Rock. However, have been there actually that totally different? Each musical artists typically displayed humor of their music and even their album covers. Each musical artists loved their biggest success in the course of the Nineteen Seventies. Maybe the best similarity was each artists’ love for excellent guitar enjoying and top-notch musicianship. After all, in case you evaluate their catalogs, Grand Funk Railroad’s catalog is dwarfed in measurement by the sheer quantity of albums Frank Zappa launched. And naturally, we’re speaking a few man in Zappa who is regarded as one of many biggest musical artists throughout the board within the twentieth century.
Grand Funk Railroad had many extra hits than Frank Zappa ever did, though any Frank Zappa fan would clarify in caps that Frank Zappa’s music had nothing to do with hit singles. Looking back, it’s a lot simpler to argue that Frank Zappa and Grand Funk Railroad had much more variety in type and profession than that they had in frequent. But, they did come collectively for one temporary second in time, sharing their love for excellent rock and roll music and sensible guitar enjoying.
Many individuals within the current will argue that Grand Funk Railroad is likely one of the most underrated bands of all time. Their absence from the Rock And Roll Corridor of Fame appears to additionally assist that argument. But, of their heyday, they have been one of many largest bands on the planet. They need to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Corridor Of Fame twenty years in the past. Nonetheless, within the Nineteen Seventies Grand Funk Railroad had each an enormous cult following and excessive mass enchantment. They launched nice rock and roll albums of substance, however have been additionally in a position to rating huge time hits, particularly of their early to mid-Nineteen Seventies interval.
In 1976, the band just about got here to an finish attributable to what often breaks up bands, they merely weren’t getting alongside anymore, or not less than that’s the story. Nevertheless, earlier than their closing break up, the band’s supervisor Andy Cavaliere had talked about to the band that he thought Frank Zappa could be nice to provide their subsequent album. After reaching out to Frank Zappa, the band would discover themselves within the studio working with a person whom a lot of them felt somewhat bit intermediated at first to be working with. Nevertheless, Frank Zappa was a person who appreciated sincere and real musicianship it doesn’t matter what type. He understood what Grand Funk was all about. The results of this collaboration was the discharge of Grand Funk’s eleventh studio album referred to as Good Singin’ Good Playin’ It stays in all probability the band’s most underrated album of their profession. This was a terrific one!
Good Singin’ Good Playin’ was launched on August 2, 1976. It’s essential to recollect what was occurring within the music enterprise on the time as early disco and pop have been dominating radio! Rock and Roll was at a crossroads in 1976. Punk and New Wave had not but began to infiltrate the music scene. It was a time interval that was being dominated by bands just like the Bee Gees, KC and The Sunshine Band, Corridor & Oates, and lots of different artists scoring large success on the charts with sugary pop hits. Within the album’s liner notes, Don Brewer defined that fairly than compete with all that pop stuff, they simply wished to enter the studio and report a terrific rock and roll report. It’s precisely what they did.
Frank Zappa didn’t got down to change the band. In reality, it was the exact opposite. His purpose was to current the actual Grand Funk to the world in the way in which they sounded enjoying all collectively without delay with no particular results or overdubs altering their sound. Frank Zappa was well-known for his sensible musical compositions and performances. Nevertheless, what all Zappa followers additionally knew was how good his albums at all times sounded. The person knew learn how to combine and engineer along with all his different abilities. That expertise is clear immediately on the album’s first observe “Simply Coundn’t Wait.” Hearken to the sound of the drums and bass. They’re so sonically tight making them sound virtually like one instrument. The piano wraps across the chord modifications making a sonic panorama that units the desk for the shine on vocals of Mark Farner
Following up the album’s opening observe is the primary single that the band launched from the album entitled “Can You Do It. ” Grand Funk had a lot success overlaying previous 60s songs like “Locomotion,” and Some Form of Fantastic. Nevertheless, their cowl of the Contours’ track “Can You Do” did not turn into successful. It wasn’t their fault. The recording of the track is killer. It ought to have been an enormous hit, however radio simply didn’t play it. I might by no means perceive how a observe pretty much as good as this one had by no means turn into an enormous hit. It’s merely spectacular. They should have thought it was going to turn into so large. The track’s failure to turn into successful just about doomed gross sales of the album aside from those offered to their loyal followers. It’s so unhappy as a result of the Good Singin’ Good Playin’ album offered fewer than 100 thousand copies. Their earlier album additionally launched in 1976 entitled Born To Die additionally did not yield successful single for the band and didn’t do nicely both. The occasions had modified since 1974 when the album All The Ladies In The World Beware spawned the large hit singles “Some Form of Fantastic,” and “Unhealthy Time.”
One of many highlights of the album is the principally instrumental observe “Out To Get You.” This one was an actual rocking barn burner that featured a scorching guitar solo by Frank Zappa. Initially, Mark Farner was speculated to do the guitar solo however he was having a tough time determining what to play on the observe, and in line with Farner was simply not feeling it. Farner turned to Frank Zappa and mentioned ” Frank, assist me, brother, you bought to play a lead.”(*) The remaining is historical past as Frank Zappa with out hesitation performed that sensible solo that made the album much more particular.
There are such a lot of highlights on the album. From the mesmerizing vocals of “Miss My Child,” to the funky rocking “Goin For The Pastor,” and the good bonus observe “Rubberneck,” which was solely launched on the CD challenge, the album hit a ten on each observe. It was becoming that the band titled the album Good Singin’ Good Taking part in’ as a result of that’s what it was actually all about. It was Frank Zappa’s imaginative and prescient to seize the true essence of what made Grand Funk such an incredible band, These guys might sing and play in addition to anybody else on the rock scene, and if there was ever a Grand Funk album that proved it, Good Singin’ Good Taking part in’ was the one.
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*Liner Notes – Pullen, Doug: Good Singin Good Playin CD 1999 Common Music, Univeral Metropolis California
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