Closer to Home

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Closer to Home
Closer to Home.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 15, 1970
RecordedMarch 1970
GenreHard rock[1]
Length44:27
LabelCapitol
ProducerTerry Knight
Grand Funk Railroad chronology
Grand Funk
(1969)
Closer to Home
(1970)
Live Album
(1970)
Singles from Closer to Home
  1. "Sin's a Good Man's Brother"/"Nothing Is the Same"
    Released: June 1970
  2. "I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)"/"Aimless Lady"
    Released: July 1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[3]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[4]
The Village VoiceB[1]

Closer to Home is the third studio album by American rock band Grand Funk Railroad. The album was released on June 15, 1970, by Capitol Records. It was produced by Terry Knight. This album reached RIAA gold record status in 1970, making it the group's third gold record in one year. The album's inside artwork shows a live photo of the band performing at Madison Square Garden in February 1970.

In 2002 Closer to Home was remastered on compact disc with bonus tracks and also released in a limited-edition box set Trunk of Funk that contained the band's first four albums. The "trunk" has slots for twelve CDs to house the future release of the remaining eight albums that were released by Capitol. Also included is a pair of "Shinin' On" 3-D glasses, guitar pick and a sticker reproducing a concert ticket.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mark Farner.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Sin's a Good Man's Brother"4:35
2."Aimless Lady"3:25
3."Nothing Is the Same"5:10
4."Mean Mistreater"4:25
5."Get It Together"5:07
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."I Don't Have to Sing the Blues"4:35
2."Hooked On Love"7:10
3."I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home)"10:09

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Peak Position
1970 Billboard 200[5] 6
Australia[6] 9
Canada[7] 6

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1970 "Closer to Home" Billboard Hot 100[8] 22
Canada 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (July 30, 1970). "Consumer Guide (12)". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  2. ^ Lindsay Planer. "Closer to Home - Grand Funk Railroad". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: G". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ David Fricke (2003-03-11). "Grand Funk Railroad: Closer to Home". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2019-05-26.
  5. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, Closer to Home US Chart Position Retrieved March 23, 2015
  6. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, Closer to Home Australian Chart Position Retrieved March 23, 2015
  7. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, Closer to Home Canadian Chart Position Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved March 23, 2015
  8. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, "Close to Home" Chart Position Retrieved March 23, 2015