Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

I will probably catch hell for this one from some diehard Grand Funk Railroad fans, but Shinin’ On is my favorite album of theirs. It was technically their 8th album and came out in 1974, so I was 12 years old and had not experienced the band’s enormous success of the earlier work they did as a power trio. By the time of Shinin’ On, they had added Craig Frost on keyboards and enlisted the skills of Todd Rundgren as producer and additional musical contributor. The cover version of The Loco Motion was a huge hit off this album, but the best songs for me included the title song, Carry Me Through, Little Johnny Hooker, To Get Back In, and Gettin’ Over You. Mark Farner (guitar) and Don Brewer (drums) took turns on lead vocals and both had great voices for Grand Funk’s material. I eventually dug into their back catalog and love a bunch of it, too, but for me, Shinin’ On will always be the one. The album cover was in 3D and came with special glasses…and there was also a 3D poster. Pretty rad for a 12 year old just getting addicted to rock music!

Written By Braddon S. Williams

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