E Pluribus Funk

E Pluribus Funk is the fifth studio album by American rock band Grand Funk Railroad. The album was released in November 1971, by Capitol Records. Like previous Grand Funk Railroad albums, it was recorded at Cleveland Recording Company and is the final album produced by Terry Knight. The title is a play on the motto of the United States of America, E pluribus unum. The original release cover (designed by Ernie Cefalu) was completely round and covered with a silver-like film to resemble a large coin. The back side of the cover of this album included a die cast picture of Shea Stadium to celebrate Grand Funk beating The Beatles' Shea Stadium attendance record by selling out in just 72 hours.

E Pluribus Funk
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Studio album by
Released15 November 1971
RecordedSeptember 1971
GenreRock[1]
Length35:55
LabelCapitol
ProducerTerry Knight
Grand Funk Railroad chronology
Survival
(1971)
E Pluribus Funk
(1971)
Phoenix
(1972)
Singles from E Pluribus Funk
  1. "People, Let's Stop the War" / "Save the Land"
    Released: December 1971
  2. "Footstompin' Music" / "I Come Tumblin'"
    Released: March 1972
  3. "Upsetter" / "No Lies"
    Released: April 1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideC[1]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[3]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Mark Farner.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Footstompin' Music"3:48
2."People, Let's Stop the War"5:12
3."Upsetter"4:27
4."I Come Tumblin'"5:38
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Save the Land"4:14
2."No Lies"3:57
3."Loneliness"8:38

PersonnelEdit

  • Mark Farner – organ, guitar, harmonica, keyboards, vocals
  • Mel Schacher – bass
  • Don Brewer – percussion, drums, vocals
  • Terry Knight – producer, cover art concept
  • Kenneth Hamann – engineer
  • Craig Braun – artwork, design
  • Tom Baker – arranger and conductor on "Loneliness"

ChartsEdit

Album

Year Chart Peak Position
1971 Billboard 200 5[4]
Australia 11[5]
Canada 10[6]

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1971 "Footstompin'
Music"
Billboard Hot 100 29[7]
Canada 43
Australia 83
1971 "Upsetter" Billboard Hot 100 73[8]
Canada 89

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: G". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "E Pluribus Funk Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 February 2012.
  3. ^ Fricke, David (3 April 2003). "Grand Funk Railroad: E Pluribus Funk". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow (RS 919). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 2007-11-05.
  4. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, E Pluribus Funk US Chart Position Retrieved March 24, 2015
  5. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, E Pluribus Funk Australian Chart Position Retrieved March 24, 2015
  6. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, E Pluribus Funk Canadian Chart Position Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved March 24, 2015
  7. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, "Footstompin Music" Chart Position Retrieved March 24, 2015
  8. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, "Upsetter" Chart Position Retrieved March 24, 2015