"On Time" - Grand Funk Railroad (1969)
I'm a fan of this little ol' band from Flint, Michigan and already have several of their albums, both studio and live, but for whatever reason...I could never find a nice playable copy of this out in the wild. I knew I would eventually, so I held off until I found my own copy before having my first taste from Grand Funk Railroad's debut. And now I finally own a very nice good playing copy. I was not disappointed.
It's heavy hard blues rock with plenty of tasty wah-wahs and fuzz-burns and thumpin' bass runs and drum poundage to carry the cargo with very little trouble. This is the classic Mark, Don, and Mel power-trio we've all come to know and love. There are a few classic staples on this debut you will recognize, but it's the deeper track gems that really tinkle the chimes. Just as heavy and fun a spin as I hoped it would be.
"On Time" - Grand Funk Railroad (back)
Favorites include..."Anybody's Answer." "Are You Ready?" "Heartbreaker." And "High On A Horse” All these scratch that Grand Funk itch. And each one carries a sprinkling of psych dust that'll put a wee smile on your face. There's just something about Grand Funk Railroad that brings a joyous nostalgia to the ears that's easy to crank.
My copy has a ring-worn cover that I'm not a fan of, but a beautiful circle of vinyl lies within. Much cleaner than the cover would suggest. I grabbed it at an AOK Record Swap a couple of years ago for $3.00 and am just now getting 'round to cleaning it up and taking it out for a spin. This is where it all began for GFR, so if you like the early heavy hard rock stuff…"On Time" is one inexpensive head rocker. Don't sleep. Bonus: I had a great conversation with 'foot-stompin' legend himself…Mark Farner…talking about the heavy, heady days. Check it out here!
Capitol Records label
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ST1-307-W4 # 2 IAM [inside of △]
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"Anybody's Answer" - Grand Funk Railroad / "On Time" (1969)
A1 "Are You Ready" 3:25
A2 "Anybody's Answer" 5:15
A3 "Time Machine" 3:40
A4 "High On A Horse" 2:35
A5 "T.N.U.C." 8:40
B1 "Into the Sun" 6:25
B2 "Heartbreaker" 6:30
B3 "Call Yourself A Man" 3:00
B4 "Can't Be Too Long" 6:30
B5 "Ups And Downs" 4:50
Mark Farner - guitar, piano, harmonica, vocals
Mel Schacher - bass
Don Brewer - drums, vocals