Camarillo, California - Grand Funk fans rejoice! Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity has released Grand Funk's hit album All the Girls in the World Beware!!! on limited edition Hybrid SACD.
All the Girls in the World Beware!!! is the ninth studio album from Grand Funk--this 1974 offering was the group's second album released that year.
First there was the heavy metal power trio, then the powerful hard rock quartet and then after years of loud, in-your-face rock albums and tours, Mark Farner, Don Brewer, Mel Schacher and Craig Frost went into the studio and made an album that has a lot more rhythm and blues and a lot less rock than ever before and was way ahead of its time.
Don Brewer explains: "All the Girls in the World Beware!!! was a bit of an experiment for Grand Funk. Disco had raised it's ugly head in 1974 and if you wanted radio airplay you needed to go in that direction. Grand Funk, not being a 'Disco Act', decided to do R&B which was really what GFR was all about. R&B pumped up on steroids. Enlisting veteran producer Jimmy Ienner, I think Grand Funk came up with the best rendition of the soul classic "Some Kinda Wonderful" in history. Still played today in heavy rotation and probably every wedding reception in the world. Once again Audio Fidelity has done a great job on this SACD Hybrid. ENJOY!"
The album's combination of high-gloss production and the band's energy resulted in some impressive hits: "Some Kind of Wonderful" is an exuberant, organ-drenched soul song that highlights the group's strong harmonies while "Bad Time" mixes a delicate, string-laden melody with a pulsing beat from the rhythm section to create a one-of-a-kind power ballad.
All the Girls in the World Beware!!! has many inventive moments. The seven-minute "Good & Evil" is fascinating for Brewer's strange, processed lead vocal. "Look At Granny Run Run" is sheer rhythm and blues fun and "Memories" is a serious stab at out-and-out balladry.
All the Girls in the World Beware!!! was recorded at the Swamp, a studio owned by Mark Farner and located on his farm in Parshallville, Michigan. The recording sessions were engineered by Shelly Yakus with assistance from Kevin Ayers and Rod O'Brien. The album's producer was Jimmy Ienner, who had also worked with artists such as Three Dog Night, The Raspberries and the Bay City Rollers. All but two of the songs on the album were written by members of the band. Grand Funk Railroad continued to move further into the pop/rock mainstream with this hit album. In support of the release, the band embarked on an immensely successful worldwide tour in early 1975.
The album's artwork included taking the faces of the band members and manipulating them onto the bodies of famous body builders Arnold Schwarzenegger and Franco Columbo with the photos used on the front and back of the album booklet. The center spread art is a Neal Adams illustration of the body builders surrounded by a crowd of young female fans.
4 Look At Granny Run Run
6 All The Girls In The World Beware
8 Good & Evil
9 Bad Time
10 Some Kind Of Wonderful
Produced by Jimmy Ienner
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio / SACD Authoring: Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering
A rock/pop/rhythm and blues mainstream hit album... includes the hits "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "Bad Time"