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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Mark Farner And Don Brewer - Monumental Funk (1974 us, amazing funky soul psych beat, 2017 digipak edition)

"Monumental Funk" put out by the people at the original label who released music by Terry Knight & the Pack, a company called Lucky Eleven; This is an amazing record that Don Brewer and Mark Farner have every right to be very proud of. While Grand Funk Railroad's manager, Terry Knight, may have been a fine producer and a marketing genius, his own efforts at songwriting and singing were the worst aspects of the Pack. Here Farner and Brewer absolutely shine, their version of "Harlem Shuffle" more fun than the hit version by the Rolling Stones. 

When Don Brewer formed Flint and released a disc on Columbia in 1978, he covered the Supremes' "Back in My Arms Again." Here Mark Farner trumps him with "Come See About Me," a great non-Motown version by these Michigan boys. Farner's original, "We Gotta Have Love," is worthwhile, as is the tremendous rendition of "Hey Everybody." Yes, this record was released to cash in on the fame of Grand Funk Railroad, and there is even a picture disc version of it. The release of this music made the boys in the band angry, but there is a silver lining. Monumental Funk shows that Grand Funk Railroad was no fluke and that Mark Farner was a major talent before Capitol Records signed him and brought him to the attention of millions of fans. 
by Joe Viglione

1. We Gotta Have Love (Mark Farner) - 5:10
2. Hey Everybody (J. Tuttle) - 3:37
3. I've Got News For You (Dick Wagner) - 4:43
4. Come See About Me (Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland) - 4:17
5. Harlem Shuffle (Bob Relf, Earl Nelson) - 5:19
6. Love Light (Joseph Scott) - 7:04

*Mark Farner – Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
*Don Brewer – Drums, Vocals

1966-67  Terry Knight And The Pack - Terry Knight And The Pack / Reflections (2010 issue)
1969  Grand Funk Railroad - On Time (2002 remaster and expanded)
1969  Grand Funk Railroad - Grand Funk (2002 bonus tracks remaster)
1970  Grand Funk - Closer To Home (japan remaster with bonus tracks)
1970  Grand Funk Railroad - Live (japan remaster)
1974  Grand Funk - Shinin' On (Japan extra track issue and 2014 SHM remaster)

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