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Grand Funk Railroad

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by BOOG, Feb 14, 2018.


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  1. BOOG

    BOOG Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Gotta love Mel's bass tone!
     
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  2. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    How 'bout "Paranoid"?!?!
     
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  3. BOOG

    BOOG Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Nice addition!
     
  4. Resonance129

    Resonance129

    Feb 15, 2011
    Georgia
    I ran into this very clip earlier today! I don't know a whole lot about GFR, but I found "Country Road" a while back and fell in love with em. Recently posted a mediocre cover of it on YT lol. Definitely gonna lookin deeper into their catalog.
     
  5. BOOG

    BOOG Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    If you are woot, I just peeped it out. Nice job! I’m envious and have much growth to do. I like the way you went with it around 3:25.
    Prosit!
     
  6. Resonance129

    Resonance129

    Feb 15, 2011
    Georgia
    Ha! Yeah, that's me. Haven't posted much in the last year and got back into it a few days ago. I certainly appreciate the feedback, man.
     
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  7. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    I learned to play bass by listening to, and copying Mel's bass lines.

    Aimless Lady. Genius.

     
  8. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    In addition to being a real pant leg blower, this number makes my socks roll up & down!!

    Never saw this version :bassist:
     
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  9. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
     
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  10. Dluxe

    Dluxe

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Love Mel! The bass solo on I Come Tumblin' still blows me away. To think that he was only 19 or 20 when these recordings were made.


     
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  11. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung What would Fred Rogers do? Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    N.A.
    I remember...the local DJ made a disparaging comment about Grand Funk Railroad one afternoon.
    I called to call him on it.
    I was 17?
    He Tore Me A NEW One!

    Unbeknownst to me, he had tape rolling, and played the exchange on the air.
    WHVW


    I promised myself that if I Ever got on the air, I would Never do that to ANYone...and I never did. :thumbsup:
     
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  12. Resonance129

    Resonance129

    Feb 15, 2011
    Georgia
    Ouch :sorry:

    What'd he say about them to make you call?
     
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  13. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    +1. That whole Closer To Home album was my intro to Mel and GFR, and to this day remains my favorite record of theirs. The thing that I especially love about "Aimless Lady" and most of the other tunes on that album is how Mel staunchily refuses to simply parrot the guitar riff 8vb, but rather he plays moving counterpoint to every line. Despite hard rock's propensity to come across as monolithic, and GFR to be perceived by the media as the poster boys for that sort of simplicity [sic], Closer To Home shows them to be a surprisingly deeper -- or at least, more interesting -- ensemble than they are given credit for.
     
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  14. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Never thought much about GFR till about a year ago when I had to learn this song for gig.



    With that and in thread, now I want to be in a GFR tribute.

    :)
     
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  15. BOOG

    BOOG Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    What happened? Sounds like there’s a good story in there!
     
  16. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Great band! Flint Michigan.
     
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  17. Thumper

    Thumper

    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    McCartney got me serious about bass, Mel helped me get some chops by learning his parts
     
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  18. the harp unstrung

    the harp unstrung What would Fred Rogers do? Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2014
    On The Bus
    N.A.
    There’s an old saying amongst Teachers...’They might not remember what you said, but they Will remember how you made them feel’.
    That’s the deal here...40dam5 years later I remember being pissed off over something the jock said about the simplicity or stupidity or sorry state of Grand Funk Railroad. I pick up the phone to correct his mistaken impression of The Band, and Mel in particular, and he backed 17 year old me into a musical/rhetorical corner.
    No doubt, I sounded like the simple-stupid-sorry Grand Funk Fan he was trolling for.
    That was mean and embarrassing enough!
    The fact that he aired the ‘conversation’ (without my consent) was Meaner Still!
    Knowing what I know now...it was also a fireable offense.

    We Live...We Learn.

    40dam5 years later...I’m still listening to The Band...and he’s still wrong... :thumbsup:
     
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  19. jaco944

    jaco944 Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2005
    Nothing better than a good Mel thread!!! Rock on.
     
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  20. BOOG

    BOOG Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I can not recall specific instances but I do know that I have experienced similar circumstances. No, not cool, at all.
    As the bumper sticker says, “MEAN PEOPLE SUCK”.
     
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