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For the title song, see We're an American Band (song). For the unrelated Yo La Tengo song, see I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One.

We're an American Band is the seventh studio album by American hard rock band Grand Funk Railroad, credited as Grand Funk. The album was released by Capitol Records on July 15, 1973 (see 1973 in music) and was certified gold by the RIAA a little over a month after its release.[1] Two singles were released from the album. The first single, "We're an American Band", was released on July 2, 1973 and the second, "Walk Like a Man", was released on October 29, 1973.[2] Both singles were sung by drummer Don Brewer. There is an addition to the band on this release - Craig Frost - who plays the organ, clavinet and Moog. Craig was credited as an additional musician on "Phoenix" which was released the previous year.

We're an American Band
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 15, 1973 (1973-07-15)[1]
RecordedJune 12–15, 1973
StudioCriteria Studios in Miami, Florida
GenreHard rock
ProducerTodd Rundgren
Grand Funk Railroad chronology
We're an American Band
Shinin' On
Singles from We're an American Band
  1. "We're an American Band"/"Creepin'"
    Released: July 2, 1973[2]
  2. "Walk Like a Man"/"The Railroad"
    Released: October 29, 1973[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[4]

The album cover was originally covered in gold-colored foil on the outside, and the initial run of pressings were pressed in clear, dark yellow vinyl. The album has been reissued many times and is currently available in the Compact Disc format. A Quadraphonic mix of the album was available in the Quadraphonic 8-Track cartridge format.

The album is #200 of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) Definitive 200 albums of all time.

Recording, production, artwork, and packagingEdit

We're an American Band was the group's first collaboration with producer/engineer Todd Rundgren. Rundgren and the band recorded the album at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida on June 13–15, 1973. Rundgren would go on to produce the band's next album, Shinin' On (1974), before the band switched to Jimmy Ienner.

The album's original issue, as well as of the "We're an American Band" single, was on translucent yellow vinyl, symbolic of a 'Gold record'. The album labels, above the side numbers, instructed listeners to play "at full volume". It included four stickers (two blue, and two red) with the Grand Funk "Pointing Finger" logo. Emphasizing the shortening of the group's name, the word "Railroad" does not appear anywhere on the album sleeve, liner, or vinyl record, except as the title of the first song on side two of the album.


Upon the album's release, We're an American Band became the band's best received album by critics, so far. Robert Christgau gave the album a B-, his highest rating for a Grand Funk Railroad album at the time (although Shinin' On (1974) and Grand Funk Hits (1976) would receive a B and B+, respectively).[4] A modern review of the album by William Ruhlmann for Allmusic stated that the album was a departure from the band's usual material, which was mostly due to Todd Rundgren's production and Don Brewer's increase in lead vocal work. Ruhlmann also said that the album sounded more professional than their previous ones.[3]

Track listingEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."We're an American Band"Don BrewerBrewer3:27
2."Stop Lookin Back"Brewer, Mark FarnerBrewer4:52
3."Creepin'"Mark FarnerFarner7:02
4."Black Licorice"Brewer, FarnerBrewer4:45
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
5."The Railroad"FarnerFarner6:12
6."Ain't Got Nobody"Brewer, FarnerFarner4:26
7."Walk Like a Man"Brewer, FarnerBrewer4:05
8."Loneliest Rider"FarnerFarner5:17



Per sleeve notes[5]


Chart (1973) Peak
Canadian Top Albums[6] 4
German Albums[7] 46
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[8] 12
US Billboard 200[9] 2
Year Single Chart Position
1973 "We're an American Band" Billboard Hot 100 1[10]
Canada 4
Australia 87
"Walk Like a Man" Billboard Hot 100 19[11]
Canada 16


  1. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database" (PHP). Recording Industry Association of America. Search for "Heartbreakers" to see results.
  2. ^ a b c Tedds, David K. (2006). Greatest Hits (CD liner). Grand Funk Railroad. Hollywood, California, United States: Capitol Records. 509992-34915-26.
  3. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Review: We're an American Band by Grand Funk Railroad". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ a b We're An American Band (vinyl sleeve). Grand Funk Railroad. Capitol Records. 1973. inner left sleeve.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ "100 Albums" (PHP). RPM. Vol. 20 no. 10. October 20, 1973. p. 10. ISSN 0315-5994. Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  7. ^ "Album – Grand Funk, We Are an American Band" (ASP). Media Control Charts (in German). Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  8. ^ "Grand Funk – We Are an American Band (Album)" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  9. ^ "Grand Funk Railroad: Charts & Awards – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 8, 2011.
  10. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, "We're An American Band" Chart Position Retrieved March 24, 2015
  11. ^ Grand Funk Railroad, "Walk Like a Man" Chart Position Retrieved March 24, 2015