Grand Funk Railroad – Closer To Home – Our Shootout Winner from 2013

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

TWO STUNNING A+++ SIDES, giving you As Good As It Gets sound for this hard-rockin’ album! We just finished a shootout for this album, and most pressings were off our table in moments. The difference between this and the rest of our copies was NIGHT AND DAY! If you’re a fan of this album, you are going to flip out when you hear this copy.  

The sound on both sides is super full-bodied with good weight to the bottom end. It’s BIGGER and BOLDER sounding than we ever expected this album to sound. You get tons of ambience, natural tape hiss, loads of energy and more. Most copies were too murky for serious consideration but this one was dramatically cleaner and clearer. There’s tons of tubey magic giving the music lots of richness and warmth. No other copy had this kind of presence.

If you’re a fan of this band or this album, don’t miss out on this one. It’s hard to imagine we’ll find another copy soon that sounds so good and plays so quietly.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Sin’s a Good Man’s Brother 
Aimless Lady 
Nothing Is the Same 
Mean Mistreater 
Get It Together

Side Two

I Don’t Have to Sing the Blues 
Hooked on Love 
I’m Your Captain

AMG 4 Star Rave Review

This is the trio’s fourth album and the record that really broke them through to a more commercially successful level of metal masters such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Rather than rushing headlong back into their typical hard, heavy, and overamplified approach, Grand Funk Railroad began expanding their production values. Most evident is the inclusion of strings on the album’s title track, the acoustic opening on the disc’s leadoff cut, “Sins a Good Man’s Brother,” as well as the comparatively mellow “Mean Mistreater.” But the boys had far from gone soft. The majority of Closer to Home is filled with the same straight-ahead rock & roll that had composed their previous efforts.

The driving tempo of Mel Schacher’s viscous lead basslines on “Aimless Lady” and “Nothing Is the Same” adds a depth when contrasted to the soul-stirring and somewhat anthem-like “Get It Together.” The laid-back and slinky “I Don’t Have to Sing the Blues” also continues the trend of over-the-top decibel-shredding; however, instead of the excess force of other bands, such as MC5, Grand Funk Railroad are able to retain the often-elusive melodic element to their heavy compositions.