I have been on a crazy Grand Funk tear lately. Damn, these guys were good. And huge! Grand Funk Railroad was playing to stadiums—stadiums—and now it’s almost like they never existed. There are two openly proud Grand Funk fans still standing: Homer Simpson and me.
E Pluribus Funk was the band’s fifth album and the last with Terry Knight, the manager who took them literally for everything they had. The crux of the problem was that the band fired Knight once they realized he was screwing them out of millions of dollars, so Knight then sued them for breach of contract and got the rest of the millions.
After that they started over from scratch, but they never returned to their Shea Stadium peak. They had a hit a couple of years later with their Todd Rundgren produced cover of “The Locomotion,” but that’s about all there is to tell.
E Pluribus Funk is worth finding just for the cool packaging, but cuts like “Footstompin’ Music” don’t hurt:
Good luck finding one in mint condition, but if you do expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $200. Beat up copies like mine are readily available at your local yard sale or Goodwill store. Happy hunting.
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