‘Caught In The Act’: Grand Funk ‘Close To The Best’ On Second Live LP
Midway through the 1970s, Grand Funk fans had another chance to experience the band’s on-stage energy on disc.
Grand Funk Railroad’s legions of fans helped make them one of America’s biggest-selling rock bands of the first half of the 1970s. Midway through the decade, they had another chance to experience the band’s on-stage energy on disc. Caught In The Act, GFR’s second live album, made its US chart debut on September 13, 1975.
The band had released their first in-concert disc as early as 1970, when the Capitol set simply called Live Album appeared after the success of the studio titles On Time and Grand Funk. The new album, a double, was recorded on tour in the early part of 1975 and featured some 80 minutes’ worth of Grand Funk’s live extravaganza, which included their backing singers the Funkettes.
The set list included both of GFR’s No.1 hit singles of 1973, “We’re An American Band” and their remake of “The Loco-motion,” along with the 1972 hit “Footstompin’ Music” and earlier favourites such as “Heartbreaker” and “Closer To Home.”
Grand Funk sing the Stones
The disc concluded with Grand Funk’s live versions of the Animals’ “Inside Looking Out” and the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” The latter song was a longtime feature of their concerts, which they had previously recorded in the studio, for 1971’s Survival album.
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As ever, the release was greeted with a distinct lack of enthusiasm by many US rock critics, but Billboard’s review of the live album was a more rounded summary. “Production is good throughout,” wrote the magazine, “with the instruments, particularly Mark Farner’s guitar and Craig Frost’s keyboards, standing out. Voices come over well, and the addition of the Funkettes backup adds some fun to the project. Excellent duplication here of a Grand Funk concert which displays a professionalism not found on earlier live efforts.”
The album reached No.21 on the US chart in a ten-week run, and as Billboard’s overview concluded: “The critics may rant, but, for what they set out to do, Grand Funk are close to the best.” Their fans wholeheartedly agreed.
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September 14, 2016 at 6:00 pm
I have all their albums and posters from my day@ shea stadium love this band a die hard fan to bad their agent screw them bad , ,I tried seeing them again on their re-union in atalantic city and it was sold out in 1/2 a day
September 16, 2017 at 3:05 am
El mejor álbum en concierto ..me gusta que durante la semana no hay día que no lo escuche …saludos Mark. Don .mel y craig
December 16, 2017 at 6:15 pm
The album was released in Spain in March 1976 and was one of the first to buy it in Madrid. It has always been one of my favorites. I love it.
May 27, 2018 at 11:10 am
GFR for ever!!!
May 21, 2022 at 7:18 am
I am glad that Grand Funk had this live album released, because it is a good document of GFR when keyboardist Craig Frost was in the band. The band during this time seemed to have been really quite polished as players. The Gibson L5-S Custom guitar that Mark Farner is shown playing in Lynn Goldsmith’s wonderful photography for the album is so classy and unique. Side 4 of the album had the songs “Inside Looking Out” and their cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” Sledgehammer rock ‘n’ roll!!!