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Picks and Pans Review: Grand Funk Lives

updated 12/07/1981 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/07/1981 01:00AM

Grand Funk Railroad

Many of today's heavy-metal fanatics were still into nursery rhymes when this Michigan-spawned trio roared to the top of the genre. And since it went into early retirement some four years ago, hard rock has rolled far beyond GF's once-impressive musicianship. Groups like AC/DC, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Kansas and Journey have all fused intense heavy-metal arrangements. In short, this comeback attempt sounds woefully dated, and as thin as Mark Farner's wimpy vocals. There are signs of hope—two peppy pop-rockers, Y.O.U. and Stuck in the Middle, which both offer nice harmonies and Farner's attempt at a less-is-more approach on guitar. Otherwise, the GF Railroad is running way behind time.

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