Mark Farner – vocals, guitar, harmonica, organ
Mel Schacher – bass
Don Brewer – vocals, drums, percussion
Craig Frost – organ, clavinet, harpsichord, piano
Doug Kershaw – Electric Fiddle
The title Phoenix represents the band’s break with former manager, Terry Knight after a long year of litigation. It’s also the first LP that was self-produced. Although there is no mention of it on the cover or on the record, this is the last album where the band was known as Grand Funk Railroad. All future releases they would just be Grand Funk.
The opener – an energetic organ-led instrumental ‘Flight Of The Phoenix’ which announces the arrival of a new permanent band member, keyboardist Craig Frost; a compact, hard-hitting, ELP-like onslaught of keyboard/guitar/drum sound that makes its point very effectively.
‘Flight Of The Phoenix’
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