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Capitol Collectors Series: Grand Funk Railroad

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Capitol Collectors Series: Grand Funk Railroad

Current Status:
In Season
Reissues, Rock

We gave it a D

If the violent debacle of the Rolling Stones’ Altamont concert was the event that killed off the ’60s, Grand Funk Railroad was the band that played the funeral. Unhindered by artistic ambition or strong ties to the counterculture, these minimally competent Michigan rockers were proletarian crowd-pleasers, custom-built for the crass ’70s. Drawn from the dozen hit albums Grand Funk issued between 1969 and 1975, the 15 selections on Capitol Collectors Series: Grand Funk Railroad should be more than enough souvenirs for all but the truly masochistic. Besides the Vietnam-era patriotism of 1973’s ”We’re an American Band,” this bury-and-forget time capsule contains an entertaining cover (”The Loco-Motion”), several worthless ones (”Gimme Shelter,” ”Inside Looking Out”), and wretched originals (all 10 minutes of ”Closer to Home/I’m Your Captain”). D