Phoenix (Bonus Tracks) CD (2002)

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ORGAN in the band -- Craig Frost

by bladerunner on 9/4/2013

Grand Funk Railroad added Craig Frost on ORGAN, which is very cool -- and they took a little time to polish this album more than the previous ones. Rock n Roll soul is "the hit", which sort of leads into the next LP -- We're An American Band. I hear alot about Farner's getting religious here, but it didn't bug me much ...

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Label Capitol Records
SKU 60580345
UPC 724354172328
UPC 14 00724354172328
Format CD
Release Date 11/19/2002
Author Grand Funk Railroad
Associated Artist/Work Grand Funk
Technical Info
Engineer Steve Graf; Gene Eichelberger
Producer Grand Funk Railroad; David K. Tedds; Grand Funk; Shannon Ward; Bryan Kelley; David K. Tedds (Reissue)
CatalogID 41723
Lable Name Capitol
Released 11/19/2002
Original Release 1972
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724354172328
Album Notes and Credits
Grand Funk Railroad: Mark Farner (vocals, guitar, harmonica, organ); Don Brewer (vocals, drums, congas, percussion); Mel Schacher (bass).
Additional personnel: Doug Kershaw (electric fiddle); Craig Frost (piano, Clavinet, harpsichord, organ).
Recorded at Sound Shop, Nashville, Tennessee. Originally released on Capitol (11099). Includes liner notes by Steve Roeser.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Mark Farner (vocals, guitar, harmonica, organ); Don Brewer (vocals, drums, congas, percussion); Craig Frost (piano, harpsichord, Clavinet, organ).
Audio Mixer: Jimmy Hoyson.
Liner Note Author: Steve Roeser.
Recording information: Sound Shop, Nashville, TN (07/24/1972-07/28/1972).
Illustrator: Joe Garnett.
Photographer: Lorrie Sullivan.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Yasuhito Kitai; Kuni Takeuchi.
Having scored four consecutive Top Ten albums in the previous two years, Grand Funk Railroad may not have seemed to casual observers like a band who needed to rise phoenix-like from the ashes, but the title of the band's seventh album referred to its re-emergence after a litigious split from manager/producer Terry Knight. Now, they were producing themselves, and they added organist Craig Frost, credited here as a sideman, though he went on to join the band formally. The biggest change, however, was a musical maturity. After releasing five studio albums in a little over two years, Grand Funk waited more than a year before releasing Phoenix, and in that time they managed to come up with more variety than they had displayed before. "Someone," for example, was a surprisingly gentle ballad, and "Rain Keeps Fallin'" was stronger melodically than most of songwriter Mark Farner's previous efforts. Unlike earlier albums, Phoenix didn't seem like one rudimentary rocker after another, which made it Grand Funk's most listenable album so far. And that's not to say it didn't rock, as the leadoff instrumental, "Flight of the Phoenix," and the Top 40 hit that closed the set, "Rock 'n Roll Soul," demonstrated. Unfortunately, Farner's lyrical abilities had not increased, while his self-importance had. "I Just Gotta Know," "So You Won't Have to Die," and "Freedom Is for Children" all contained political exhortations expressed in simple-minded terms, the worst being "So You Won't Have to Die," in which Farner, later to become a Christian artist, claimed Jesus had spoken to him on the subject of overpopulation. After such cringe-inducing foolishness, the band's return to rocking with "Rock 'n Roll Soul" could only be welcomed. ~ William Ruhlmann
Disc 1
1 Flight Of The Phoenix
2 Trying To Get Away
3 Someone
4 She Got To Move Me
5 Rain Keeps Fallin'
6 I Just Gotta Know
7 So You Won't Have To Die
8 Freedom Is For Children
9 Gotta Find Me A Better Day
10 Rock 'N' Roll Soul
11 Flight Of The Phoenix - (2002 Remix With Extended Ending, previously unreleased, bonus track)

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