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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Terry Knight And The Pack - Terry Knight And The Pack / Reflections (1966-67 us, great detroit hard garage beat psych, pre Grand Funk, 2010 issue)

This two-fer compiles the only two albums by Michigan's Terry Knight & the Pack; its self-titled 1966 debut and 1967's Reflections. Rock 'n' roll collector's and Michigan rock aficionados have given these albums semi-legendary status simply because the lineup included the roots of Grand Funk Railroad -- Knight was the band's manager and producer until 1972, and both guitarist Mark Farner and drummer Don Brewer came from its ranks.

These two recordings were originally issued on the Lucky Eleven imprint and were distributed by Cameo/Parkway who had scored a number one hit with "96 Tears" by ? and the Mysterians, another Michigan act. Knight's gift wasn't so much as a singer, but as a songwriter capable of aping the hitmakers of the day, and he knew how to arrange. This is born out on the first album's covers of Sonny Bono's "Where Do You Go," "You're a Better Man Than I" (a hit for the Yardbirds), and a particularly strange reading of the Rolling Stones' "Lady Jane." The single from the album was a reading of the Lieber & Stoller nugget "I (Who Have Nothing)."

Knight's own tunes include the fuzz guitar-drenched album-opener "Numbers" was reminiscent of the Seeds, while "What's on Your Mind" walked a line between Georgie Fame and the Zombies. The band's second album, Reflections, opens with the whitest cover of Joe Tex's "One Monkey (Don't Stop No Show)" ever.

There are some real rockers here, too, in "Love, Love, Love, Love, Love," that's reminiscent of the Standells, the soul-inflected-cum-Association-influenced "This Train," and a unique garage psych cover of the Stones' "(I Can't No) Satisfaction." This is an integral part of Michigan Rock history.
by Thom Jurek


1.Numbers - 2:30
2.What's on Your Mind - 1:48
3.Where Do You Go (Sont Bono) - 3:08
4.You're a Better Man Than I (B. Hugg, M. Hugg) - 2:53
5.Lovin' Kind - 3:00
6.The Shut-In - 3:37
7.Got Love - 3:12
8.A Change On The Way - 3:42
9.Lady Jane (Jagger, Richards) - 2:56
10.Sleep Talkin' - 3:00
11.I've Been Told - 2:41
12.I (Who Have Nothing) (Leiber, Stoller, Mogol) - 3:25
13.One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (Joe Tex) - 2:35
14.Love, Love, Love, Love, Love - 2:54
15.Come with Me - 2:41
16.Got to Find My Baby - 2:49
17.This Precious Time (P. Sloan, S. Barri) - 2:48
18.Anybody's Apple Tree - 2:33
19.The Train - 2:11
20.Dimestore Debutante - 4:22
21.Dirty Lady - 3:13
22.Love Goddess of the Sunset Strip - 3:35
23.Forever and a Day - 3:06
24.(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Jagger, Richards) - 3:57
All songs by Terry Knight except where indicated.

Terry Knight And The Pack
*Don Brewer - Drums, Vocals
*Bob Caldwell - Bells, Vocals
*Mark Farner - Bass, Vocals
*Herm Jackson - Bass
*Curt Johnson - Guitar, Vocals
*Terry Knight - Harmonica, Harpsichord, Piano, Vocals


Sergey said...

This is the Music of my Youth. Thanks a million!

Anonymous said...

So it was mine too (Youth),
Grand Funk was a good band,

D; moi

guinea pig said...


Anonymous said...

The mono version of this record is very good... thanks for providing the stereo version... it is even better.

Your big fan

Peacd Out!

rick_hough said...

Thank you! VERY cool!

Rick Brisbane Australia

JohninFunk said...

Γύρω στα Χριστούγεννα (2014) θα ανεβάσω αφιέρωμα βίντεο στο Youtube για τους Terry Knight And The Pack το οποίο θα είναι ότι καλύτερο υπάρχει γι' αυτό το -ξεχασμένο- συγκρότημα.
Ευχαριστώ για το αφιέρωμα!
John in Funk
Around Christmas (2014) I will upload a tribute video on Terry Knight And The Pack that will be the best existing on this -forgotten- band.
Thanks for the tribute!
John in Funk