Good Singin', Good Playin'

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Good Singin', Good Playin'
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Studio album by Grand Funk Railroad
Released August 2, 1976
Recorded 1976
Genre Rock, Hard rock
Label MCA Records
Producer Frank Zappa
Grand Funk Railroad chronology
Born to Die
Good Singin', Good Playin'
Grand Funk Lives
Singles from Good Singin', Good Playin'
  1. "Can You Do It"/"1976"
    Released: July 1976
  2. "Just Couldn't Wait"/"Out to Get You"
    Released: October 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Good Singin', Good Playin' is 11th studio album by Grand Funk Railroad, released by MCA Records (MCA 2216) in 1976.

The band had actually broken up, but after Frank Zappa expressed interest in producing an album for them, they reassembled for one more attempt at success. Recorded in 1976 for MCA Records, this album included a guest performance by Zappa, playing lead guitar on the song "Out to Get You". Although the pairing seemed bizarre, Grand Funk drummer Don Brewer said, "His whole viewpoint on what rock and roll is all about is basically the same as ours.... Keep it as simple as possible and really bring the balls out of this thing."[2] Zappa said, "All I did was in a documentary way make a record which tells you exactly what they really sound like. For the first time on record you can hear Grand Funk Railroad ... and they're fantastic, fan-tastic with an F three times taller than you!"[2] Grand Funk decided on the first day of overdubs to split up again, although Zappa stayed until 4 a.m. trying to talk them out of it.[2]

The album wasn't a commercial success, only making it to #52 in the Billboard Top 200.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Mark Farner, except where noted.

  1. "Just Couldn't Wait" – 3:28
  2. "Can You Do It" (Richard Street/T. Gordy) – 3:17
  3. "Pass It Around" (Farner/Don Brewer) – 4:59
  4. "Don't Let 'Em Take Your Gun" – 3:40
  5. "Miss My Baby" – 7:20
  6. "Big Buns" – 0:30
  7. "Out to Get You" (Brewer/Craig Frost) – 4:44
  8. "Crossfire" – 4:19
  9. "1976" – 4:20
  10. "Release Your Love" – 3:52
  11. "Goin' for the Pastor" – 5:24
  12. "Rubberneck" (Brewer) (CD bonus track) – 5:15


  • Mark Farner – guitar, vocals; piano on "Don't Let 'Em Take Your Gun"
  • Frank Zappa – guitar on "Out to Get You" and "Can You Do It", backing vocals on "Rubberneck", producer
  • Craig Frost – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Mel Schacher – bass, backing vocals
  • Don Brewer – drums, percussion, vocals



Year Chart Peak Position
1976 Billboard 200 52[4]
Canada 48[5]


Year Single Chart Position
1976 "Can You Do It" Billboard Hot 100 45[6]
Canada 75