GRAND FUNK RAILROAD - TOKYO 1982

September 28, 2011 – 5:36 pm

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GRAND FUNK RAILROAD
What’s Funk Lives? [Gypsy Eye 038, 1CD]

Live at the Budokan, Tokyo, Japan; September 6, 1982. Good to very good stereo soundboard.

Grand Funk Railroad (or just Grand Funk) had a good run of albums from the beginning (On Time, 1969) till the mid-’70s (All The Girls In The World Beware!, 1974). The band broke up in 1976 and the three original members - Mark Farner (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Don Brewer (drums, vocals) and Mel Schnacher (bass) - only reunited in 1996.

In 1980/81, Grand Funk Railroad reformed with Dennis Bellinger on bass. According to the wikipedia, originally Schacher had planned to rejoin the band; however, because of reservations regarding the current management, he bowed out at the last moment, citing that he had developed a phobia concerning flying. This lineup released two albums - Grand Funk Lives (1981) and What’s Funk? (1983) - and broke up (again) in 1983.

The group might have been touring Japan behind Grand Funk Lives but it’s almost a greatest hits package with Paranoid, Closer To Home, We’re An American Band and Locomotion in the setlist. Even the then new single, Queen Bee, pales in comparison but the group still managed to pack a wallop with the Stones’ Gimme Shelter and The Animals’ We Got To Get Out Of This Place.

Thanks to the person who shared this show in 2005 and who noted: “This concert is from the short lived ’80s reunion of Grand Funk. Original bass player, Mel Schacher, opted out of the tour and was replaced with old friend Dennis Bellinger. This and an FM broadcast from the Agora Ballroom from November 1982 are the only recordings from this tour that I know of.”

In the past, Grand Funk might have gotten short changed by music critics but fans, and many in Asia, do have a soft spot for them. They know how to rock the house and, even with an oldie like Locomotion (now as much theirs as Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s), can bring a smile to your face. Not bad for a group that Rolling Stone magazine once called the world’s worst rock band.

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Track 01. Footstompin’ Music (7.2MB)
Track 02. Paranoid (11.8MB)
Track 03. No Reason Why (7.8MB)
Track 04. Queen Bee (5.7MB)
Track 05. Closer To Home (8.3MB)
Track 06. Heartbreaker (14.3MB)
Track 07. Mean Mistreater (8.4MB)
Track 08. We’re An American Band (5.7MB)
Track 09. T.N.U.C. (13.2MB)
Track 10. Inside Looking Out (21.4MB)
Track 11. Locomotion (4.8MB)
Track 12. Gimme Shelter (9.6MB)
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Track 13. We Got To Get Out Of This Place (8.2MB)
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  1. 6 Responses to “GRAND FUNK RAILROAD - TOKYO 1982”

  2. Insane-ly Great!

    By stlouielou on Sep 28, 2011

  3. This band is really exiting,thanks :)

    By easynow on Sep 28, 2011

  4. Thanks to the person who shared this show in 2005…but it is DEFINATELY not from the Agora Ballroom! I say this because the set ends with Mark Farner saying “Domo Arigatou”(Japanese for Thank You Very Much)to the cheering crowd. Therefore the CD label information is likely correct. Hey Big-O, do you have any real old (pre-American Band) Mark, Don & Mel era Grand Funk Railroad shows? Great stuff.

    By Zennews on Sep 30, 2011

  5. Zennews: A couple commas would help you.
    “This, and an FM broadcast from the Agora Ballroom from November 1982, are the only recordings from this tour that I know of.”

    The one who shared the Tokyo show is saying that there is another show which is an FM broadcast from the Agora Ballroom, not that this is from the Agora Ballroom.

    By 3yrsnojob on Sep 30, 2011

  6. Just downloaded this one. Very clear sound. Thanks!

    By Tom on Oct 26, 2011

  7. This kicks ass. Pretty sure William Shatner would jam out to it.

    By The Shatner on Mar 8, 2016

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