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Mark Farner (of Grand Funk Railroad) – Rock ‘N’ Roll Greats



Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: D     Concert: B-



Grand Funk Railroad had a strong run of a dozen albums from 1969 to 1975 and its guitarist was Mark Farner, who even returned when the band united.  He also went solo, recording Contemporary Christian music.  Now, 35 years later, he is back doing his old Rock hits again and other tracks in the DVD Mark Farner – Rock ‘N’ Roll Greats.  The tracks are as follows, with Grand Funk hits marked by an *:


1)     Are You Ready?

2)     Rock & Roll Soul*

3)     Foot Stompin’ Music*

4)     Hooked On Love

5)     Judgment Day Blues

6)     He Sent Me You

7)     Call Yourself A Man

8)     Mean Mistreaters

9)     Some Kind Of Wonderful* (duet with Adriana Lima)

10)  The Loco-Motion*

11)  I’m Your Captain/Closer To Home


Well, there is more of his voice left than expected, but it is not as strong or articulate in the prime moments as it needs to be.  His cover of Little Eva’s The Loco-Motion is particularly poor, and definitely the worse hit his band ever had.  Fans might like this ands they will be happy that the accompanying band is pretty good, but those expecting this to be a surprise comeback for Farner and these hits should not get their hopes up.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image was shot in High Definition, but this downtrade is a tad soft in finer detail, but color is on the consistent side and there is some depth.  If it were worse, you would not be able to tell what video format it was shot on.  The sound is odder, boasting a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that is one of the weakest I have ever heard, sounding more like classical Pro Logic than anything else.  The Dolby 2.0 has Pro Logic surrounds and it is weak and at a lower volume.  I had to check the register to see if the 5.1 was 5.1 and if these are any evidence of the sound quality, DTS would not have been able to salvage this playback.  There are no extras, so you had better be a big fan or have a big curiosity to check into this one.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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