Ridin' high off the success of their 1973 We're An American Band hit album and tour Grand Funk retained the extraordinary Todd Rundgren to produce the new record. Shinin' On was the band's eighth album Shinin' On is pure Grand Funk and is widely considered a great hard rock album. Don Brewer, Mark Farner, Mel Schacher and Craig Frost took the band to another level. The songs are tight, the vocals are excellent and the whole band is in top form.
Shinin' On's best songs are the ones that became its single releases: the SACD opens with the dynamic title track augmented by Craig Frost's keyboard work and pumped-up behind Don Brewer's aggressive vocals the track infuses its hard-driving, spacy rock groove with some surprisingly ethereal vocal harmonies and the cover of the Carole King and Gerry Goffin penned "The Loco Motion" turned this dance classic on its ear with a stomping beat and a screeching guitar lead from Mark Farner that shot the chuggin' pop remake straight to number one on the Billboard singles chart and drove gigantic album sales. Grand Funk closes-out the album with the amped-up "Little Johnny Hooker" that features Farner's powerful and driving guitar work.
The original album was packaged in a cosmic 3-D sleeve that had a pair of 3-D glasses you could punch out of the cover to view the dramatic art work. Each Audio Fidelity Shinin' On SACD slip case includes a pair of 3-D glasses so the fascinating art work on the front cover, back cover and center spread of the colorful booklet can be seem as originally intended.
|Brand||Capitol Records / Audio Fidelity|
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