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  • Audio CD (27 Aug. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00006GA48
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Sin's A Good Man's Brother (2002 Digital Remaster) 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Aimless Lady (2002 Digital Remaster) 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Nothing Is The Same (2002 Digital Remaster) 5:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Mean Mistreater (2002 Digital Remaster) 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Get It Together (2002 Digital Remaster) 5:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Don't Have To Sing The Blues (2002 Digital Remaster) 4:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hooked On Love (2002 Digital Remaster) 7:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I'm Your Captain/Closer To Home (2002 Digital Remaster)10:08£2.49  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mean Mistreater (Alternate Mix) (2002 Digital Remaster) 4:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. In Need (Live in Orlando) (2002 Digital Remaster)11:30£2.49  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Heartbreaker (Live in Orlando) (2002 Digital Remaster) 7:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mean Mistreater (Live in Orlando) (2002 Digital Remaster) 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 

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-closer to home [original recording reissued][original recording remastered]grand funk railroad | format: audio cd ---------song title time price listen 1. sin's a good man's brother (2002 digital remaster)4:51$0.99buy tracklisten 2. aimless lady (2002 digital remaster)3:29$0.99buy tracklisten 3. nothing is the same (2002 digital remaster)5:14$0.99buy tracklisten 4. mean mistreater (2002 digital remaster)4:27$0.99buy tracklisten 5. get it together (2002 digital remaster)5:10$0.99buy tracklisten 6. i don't have to sing the blues (2002 digital remaster)4:37$0.99buy tracklisten 7. hooked on love (2002 digital remaster)7:13$1.99buy tracklisten 8. i'm your captain/closer to home (2002 digital remaster)10:08$1.99buy tracklisten 9. mean mistreater (alternate mix) (2002 digital remaster)4:33$0.99buy tracklisten10. in need (live in orlando) (2002 digital remaster)11:30$1.99buy tracklisten11. heartbreaker (live in orlando) (2002 digital remaster)7:17$1.99buy tracklisten12. mean mistreater (live in orlando) (2002 digital remaster)5:23$0.99buy track

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. G. Saunders on 16 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
why grand funk never took off in england is something that we will never know the answer to! I started gettin into rock music in the early 70s , to me (then)my fav bands were,led zep,grand funk and black sabbath. a mate had GFRs second album and I thought it was fantastic, so when I found ,closer to home in my friendly record shop I was over the moon. this just carries on where the second LP stops. and the remastered cd has a few live extras ! great stuff. Ignore what the music press said, they were always biased. a heavy rock trio,great songs,playin, production and masters of their art.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zalfunk on 11 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
In June 1970 the next epic GF monster `Closer to Home' came into being.

It's really more of the same, hard hittin', over indulgent playing with a no holds-barred approach.

The opener Sin's A Good Man's Brother is an excellent example of what GF are all about. The lead bass is a killer, the vocals are a shriek fest and the drums pound the rhythm relentlessly - one of my all time favourites.

Keyboards emerge (big-time) in the instrumental Get It Together. The closing chorus refrain has female backing vocals giving an unexpected and superb variety to the three man, guitar/drums/vocal repertoire.

Best tracks : Sin's A Good Man's Brother, I don't Have To Sing The Blues, Hooked On Love

Best left alone : n/a

Overall, GF on the money.
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By Howard L. Dick on 9 Feb. 2015
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
I purchase this classic back in the early 70's. This copy is truly outstanding. Highly recommend to any Grand Funk fan. Hopefully "Music on Vinyl" re-releases more of Grand Funks old catalog. Thanks for listening. Cheers!!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Taking off the kid gloves. 7 Dec. 2002
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Format: Audio CD
On this, their third album, Grand Funk Railroad's own unique sound became fully evolved. The band had started with re-written and refined material from their days as another group when they debuted as GFR in 1969 with "On Time." With their second album, "Grand Funk," the band gave birth to a unique entity of music: a hybrid of edgy hard rock, quirky pop, and soulful blues. However, their music, though catchy, was still very infantile. It was clear that the band was still learning to crawl. With "Closer to Home," they officially carved their niche into the musical world with a vengeance. The pulsating rhythms of Mel Schacher's bass, the primal yet deeply spiritual melodies of Mark Farner's guitar, and the much-underrated beat of Don Brewer's drumming came together to paint a picture of how society should be.
The songs, though sometimes mistaken for party fare, are very conceptual. One the A Side, the band examines the world as it was in 1970 (and still is today): a cold place where humanity is in danger of being wiped out by its own desires. On the B Side, Mark Farner's lyrics shift from an observation to a warning: that our best chance for survival as a species depends on adopting an attitude of peace, love, and mutual respect and tolerance for one's neighbors, be they friend or foe. This idea is slowly built upon until it reaches a head with the band's magnum opus: "I'm Your Captain," a ten-minute tour de force of quiet yet explosive rhythms, and some of Farner's best lyrics. The band spends the last half of the song pleading with society to find its way back to the light (accompanied by a flutist and a string section, a first for the group).
What really makes these songs stand out from Farner's earlier efforts is more of a devotion to words with a meaning. In the past, songs that touched upon Farner's personal philosophy were often outnumbered by songs that had more of a pop feeling to them, as far as lyrics were concerned. His abilities as a songwriter matured, so that even on songs like "Aimless Lady," the words and music do a better job of blending into a symmetrical whole. This idea is carried into the next song about a broken releationship: "Mean Mistreater." This song is entirely about rhythm, as Mark Farner takes off his guitar and trades it for an organ. Combined with Schacher's bass and Brewer's fiery percussions, you won't even notice that the guitar is gone. As for the rest of the songs, there is a purity to the band's musicianship that is more refined than it was on earlier albums. Don Brewer manages to keep the beat without hitting the cymbals every five seconds, and both he and Mel Schacher feed Mark Farner a rhythm which Farner uses to sculpt magnificent chords on his guitar: every bit as edgy as the last album, but with just the right amount of pop. And as for Mel Schacher: if his bass doesn't get your feet tapping (especially on "Nothing Is The Same"), you might be legally dead. All in all, the band delivers more than just a message that people must learn to live in harmony. They're saying: "Look out, world. We've learned how to rock, and we're not taking any prisoners."
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Please Play Loudly 3 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was over a friend's house and she put a CD on and I had no clue what band it was. I soon found myself listening to the songs and becoming enthralled at the quality of the sound from not only the CD, but the music itself which was just amazing.
After listening to the entire CD I decided to buy it even though I had never even heard of the band before (that's how good it was). I bought it at B&N and listened to it at least 2 times every day for about 2 months. If someone is interested in classic rock with early heavy metal and blues influences, this is the CD for you. The live bonus tracks are great, especially the sound and energy of the crowd.
However, the three tracks of Mean Mistreater are a little excessive, and after a while I found myself skipping over the re-mix and the live version.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Kicks Ass! 14 Sept. 2004
By Mook Hayes - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I happened to hear the song "Sin's a Good Man's Brother" played by a DJ at a club recently. While the song was playing I had to go ask the DJ what it was, and couldn't believe it was Grand Funk. I didn't know much about them, but the song sounded like it was from a current hard rock/metal band.

Right away I ordered the cd and I couldn't believe the sound - so ahead of its time! Big bass, guitars and drums, and great riffs. Except for the vocals, you would never know that this album was from 1970.

It was also a treat to hear "I'm Your Captain" - never knew who that song was by, and its quite epic and monumental.

Great cd.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Remastered version a big upgrade for a CLASSIC record 10 Sept. 2007
By Robert Orme - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've always thought Closer to Home was Grand Funk's best album, but unfortunately I also felt the sound was quite possibly the worst of any Grand Funk record, with the possible exception of their first one, On Time. Terry Knight would certainly not rate on anyone's list of greatest rock producers in history; he did alright on a few Grand Funk records, but really botched some others, Closer to Home being among them. I don't normally upgrade from an original release to a remastered CD, but I thought this one was certainly worthy of an upgrade so I picked it up last night at a local independent retailer. I was very pleasantly surprised with the results. Everything is much more clear as opposed to muddy on the original, especially Mark Farner's guitar and voice. Songs which benefit the most from this new remastered version: I Don't Have to Sing the Blues and I'm Your Captain (Closer to Home).

There are four bonus tracks, starting with an alternate studio mix of Mean Mistreater. When I first heard it, I thought, "why did they leave out that organ part on the original? This sounds better." Reading the liner notes, it's obvious I'm not the only one who feels that way: "On this long-awaited, fully-remastered CD reissue, we are treated to a Mean Mistreater bonus track that features Mark's organ part as well as the electric piano. Why they chose to strip the organ part off the song when the album's track order was set in stone is something of a mystery. Many will no doubt now agree that the track sounds even better with the organ part intact."

Three LIVE bonus tracks follow: In Need, Heartbreaker and Mean Mistreater. In case you Funk fans are wondering, all three were recorded 6/25/70 at Orlando Sports Center, Florida. They are different live versions of the same three tunes which appeared on Grand Funk Live Album, all three of which were recorded only two days earlier at Jacksonville Coliseum, Florida. Great stuff, but I could have done without three versions of Mean Mistreater on the same record.

The Closer to Home remaster is a must have for any Grand Funk fan. FYI the entire Grand Funk collection (or most of it anyway) was remastered in 2002. I'm just now getting around to picking some of them up, but they also did a great job on Live Album, Phoenix and Survival.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Grand Funk's Best Album 24 April 1999
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Format: Audio CD
I discovered this album when I was 16 years old, and it really hit me on the nerve. Already a fan of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple, I really took to Grand Funk as well--after all, they did the heavy early 70s rock thing too, and they were an American band to boot! If you are a fan of great grooves (Hooked on Love and Nothing Is The Same will have you playing "air drums") and 70s wah-drenched guitar playing, check out Closer To Home.
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