01. Introduction 2:30
02. Are You Ready 3:24
03. Paranoid 6:20
04. In Need 9:50
05. Heartbreaker 6:58
06. Inside Looking Out 12:22
07. Words Of Wisdom 0:55
08. Mean Mistreater 4:40
09. Mark Say's Alright 5:10
10. T.N.U.C. 11:45
11. Into The Sun 12:10
The album's gatefold cover depicts a photograph of the band at the Atlanta International Pop Festival during the weekend of the 4th of July 1970, but none of the music was actually recorded there. The album was recorded at several Florida venues during June 1970.
Bass – Mel Schacher
Drums, Vocals – Don Brewer
Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals – Mark Farner
Producer – Terry Knight
Both On Time, and the follow-up simply titled Grand Funk, were released in 1969 and both made good showings, their debut hitting Top 30 and the sophomore just missing Top 10. A few singles released fail to bring them to radio, but their reputation as a live act continued to grow. Their third album, Closer To Home, found the band finally hitting pay dirt, hitting the Top 10 and going gold. It also spawned the classic title song as a single, which smashed into the Top 30 and has remained one of the band’s signature songs.
Aside from their own abilities as performers, part of their rise to prominence was due to manager Terry Knight. Once a singer with the Pack (which also featured Grand Funk members guitarist Mark Farner and drummer Don Brewer), Knight had turned to management and was a ruthless force in getting his clients on the map.
Capitalizing on the band’s reputation as a live attraction, it was decided to release a document of a Grand Funk concert. Simply titled Live Album, the two-record set was released in November 1970 and sold over half a million copies in its first week of release. The recordings were culled from a handful of dates on the band’s summer 1970 tour.
Unlike countless ‘live’ albums over the years, Live Album truly is a live, warts and all, no-frills recording. So much so, that it is, at times, a brutal ride. The collection featured live renditions of highlights from the three studio albums,some stretched out in a concert setting, including a rousing take on the Animals‘ “Inside Looking Out” which clocks in at close to 15 minutes.
Live Album did nothing to change their status with the music press, but that mattered little to Grand Funk Railroad. Their legion of fans continued to grow leading up to their legendary appearance at Shea Stadium in 1971, where they sold out the venue in a couple of days, and making headlines for the fast sell and beating the Beatles attendance record there. The LP remains a raw, solid document of the band firmly in their element.