Graham Central Station (album)

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Graham Central Station
Graham Central Station album.jpg
Studio album by Graham Central Station
Released 1974
Recorded 1973–1974
Genre Soul
Funk
Length 38:23
Label Warner Bros. Records
Producer Larry Graham
Russ Titelman
Graham Central Station chronology
Graham Central Station
(1974)
Release Yourself
(1974)Release Yourself1974

Graham Central Station is the self-titled debut album by former Sly and the Family Stone bass player Larry Graham's new band, "Graham Central Station".

Background[edit]

In late 1972, Larry Graham quit Sly and the Family Stone because of tension between Larry and group leader Sly Stone. After agreeing to produce a band named Hot Chocolate (not to be confused with British pop band Hot Chocolate), he decided to join the band and renamed them Graham Central Station in 1973.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Released in 1974, the album peaked at number twenty on the Billboard Top Soul Albums charts while single, "Can You Handle It?" peaked at #9 on the Billboard Soul Singles chart.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Larry Graham except where indicated

  1. "We've Been Waiting" – 0:58
  2. "It Ain't No Fun To Me" (Al Green) – 5:11
  3. "Hair" – 4:55
  4. "We Be's Gettin' Down" – 4:42
  5. "Tell Me What It Is" – 5:56
  6. "Can You Handle It?" – 5:12
  7. "People" (Larry Graham, Freddie Stone) – 4:30
  8. "Why?" – 3:37
  9. "Ghetto" – 4:24

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Larry Graham – bass, guitar, piano, keyboards, drums, lead and backing vocals, horn arrangements
  • Freddie Stone – guitar
  • Hershall "Happiness" Kennedy – clavinet, trumpet
  • Willie "Wild" Sparks – drums
  • David "Dynamite" Vega – guitar
  • Robert "Butch" Sam – piano, organ
  • P. Caboose – tenor saxophone
  • Patryce "Choc'Let" Banks – vocals, drum programming (Funk Box)
  • Milt Holland – percussion
  • Lenny Williams – vocals
  • Clarence McDonald – string arrangements

Technical[edit]

  • Mike Salisbury - cover design
  • Herb Greene – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
position
Billboard Pop Albums[2] 48
Billboard Top Soul Albums[2] 20

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart positions[3]
US
Pop
US
Soul
1974 "Can You Handle It?" 49 9

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guarisco, Donald A.. Graham Central Station: Graham Central Station > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Graham Central Station US albums chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  3. ^ "Graham Central Station US singles chart history". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-09-26.