Grand Funk (album)

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Grand Funk
Grand Funk (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Grand Funk Railroad
Released December 29 1969
Recorded 10-21 October 1969
Genre Hard rock, psychedelic rock
Length 48:25
Label Capitol
Producer Terry Knight
Grand Funk Railroad chronology
On Time
(1969)On Time1969
Grand Funk
Closer to Home
(1970)Closer to Home1970
Singles from Grand Funk
  1. "Mr. Limousine Driver" / "High Falootin' Woman"
    Released: November 1969
  2. "Heartbreaker" / "Please Don't Worry"
    Released: February 1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C[2]

Grand Funk is Grand Funk Railroad's second studio album and was released in December 1969 by Capitol Records. It was produced by Terry Knight and engineered by Ken Hamann. This release (aka The Red Album) was certified by RIAA with a gold record award, the first for the group. It includes a cover of The Animals' "Inside Looking Out" which is still a cornerstone of the band's live concerts today. Other key tracks include "Got This Thing on the Move", "In Need", and "Paranoid". The inside spread photograph of the trio, for the original album release, was used for the now infamous, $100,000, block-long and several stories high, New York City's Times Square billboard ad for the album Closer to Home (1970). The producers sought to achieve a concentration on Mark Farner's guitar, in response to the imbalance the band achieved in their debut album On Time (1969) with the prominence of Mel Schacher's bass.

Grand Funk was originally released by Capitol Records in LP, Cassette, 8-track tape, and reel-to-reel configurations. The original reel-to-reel version (manufactured for Capitol/EMI by Ampex) is particularly noteworthy, in that it contains edited versions of "Got This Thing on the Move", "Please Don't Worry", "Mr. Limousine Driver" and "Inside Looking Out" not available elsewhere. The edits on these songs reduce the album's overall running time by approximately five minutes.

In 2002 Grand Funk 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 records. 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 and composed by Mark Farner, except where noted.

  1. "Got This Thing on the Move" – 4:38
  2. "Please Don't Worry" (Don Brewer, Farner) – 4:19
  3. "High Falootin' Woman" – 3:00
  4. "Mr. Limousine Driver" – 4:26
  5. "In Need" – 7:52
  6. "Winter and My Soul" – 6:38
  7. "Paranoid" – 7:50
  8. "Inside Looking Out" (John Lomax, Alan Lomax, Eric Burdon, Bryan "Chas" Chandler) – 9:31

Bonus Tracks - CD Release

  1. "Nothing is the Same (Demo)" – 5:39
  2. "Mr. Limousine Driver (Remix)" – 5:28


  • Mark Farner – guitars, keyboards, harmonica lead vocals
  • Mel Schacher – bass
  • Don Brewer – drums, lead vocals



Year Chart Peak Position
1970 Billboard 200 11[3]
Australia 13[4]
Canada 9[5]


Year Single Chart Position
1969 "Mr. Limousine Driver" Billboard Hot 100 97[6]
Canada 92


  1. ^ Schwachter, Jeff. "Grand Funk Railroad: Grand Funk > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 29, 1970). "Consumer Guide (7)". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, Grand Funk US Chart Position Retrieved March 23, 2015
  4. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, Grand Funk Australian Chart Position Retrieved March 23, 2015
  5. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, Grand Funk Canadian Chart Position Retrieved March 23, 2015
  6. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, "Mr. Limousine Driver" Chart Position Retrieved March 23, 2015