We are feeling so generous here at Moshpits and Movies that we are giving you two albums of the week since it’s Christmas week. I look forward to reviewing albums from bands that I have never covered before and this week’s band is no exception. We did a thrash record for one and now here is the rock record courtesy of Grand Funk Railroad and their 1973 record We’re An American Band. The band which was made up of Mark Farner (Vocals/Guitar), Don Brewer (Drums/Vocals), Craig Frost (Keyboards), and Mel Schacher (Bass) released what could be described as one of their biggest albums with a hit song that has been covered by the likes of Poison and Rob Zombie. The album peaked at number two on The Billboard Top 200 albums chart and even made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts (and it was produced by Todd Rundgren!). The album was certified gold a month after it’s release and it’s number 200 on the National Association Of Recording Merchandisers definitive 200 albums of all time.
1. We’re An American Band– A track that is so iconic with it’s cowbell like sounds on drums and vocals by drummer Don Brewer about life on the road. 5/5
2. Stop Lookin Back– A cool organ filled rock song about a kid whose constantly in the rut that wants to move forward and not look back. 4/5
3. Creepin– a 7 minute epic from the band that starts with a slow and cool tempo with that awesome organ. The track seems to be about how if we don’t wake up then we’ll always just end up being fools to the system when tomorrow comes creepin. 4/5
4. Black Licorice– an interesting title for a song which seems to be about sleeping with an African American girl with plenty of funk in the track with that bass. 4/5
5. The Railroad– a slowered tempo track about working on a railroad, literally. The track is very bluesy and the musicianship is great on the track. 4/5
6. Ain’t Got Nobody– a cool rock song with a bad ass bass riff to go along in a track about losing a woman. 4/5
7. Walk Like A Man– A very cool track about a man claiming that no matter how old he gets, he’ll never stop being the man he wants to be. 4/5
8. Loneliest Rider– The last track on the album whose lyrics deal with Native Americans and how a young warrior won’t see that his people lose everything. The song has a killer groove with the piano track and the elements of blues and funk that are evident in the song. 4/5
My Final Thoughts– This was rock and roll a it’s finest in the 70’s when songs were just straight forward as far as their meaning. It’s definitely an album that is worth checking out. I wish I could get the original gold cover with the yellow vinyl, that would be cool. I am giving the album four stars out of five for a final grade.