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
Length 38:23
Label Warner Bros. Records
Producer Larry Graham
Russ Titelman
Graham Central Station chronology
Graham Central Station
Release Yourself
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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".


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.


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



  • 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


  • Mike Salisbury - cover design
  • Herb Greene – photography


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


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

External links[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". Retrieved 2011-09-26. 
  3. ^ "Graham Central Station US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-09-26.