Offered for sale is a rare unknown pressing of the 1973 LP We’re an American Band by Grand Funk.
About this copy: This copy of We’re an American Band is an unusual pressing that we haven’t been able to identify. We suspect that it’s a foreign pressing of some sort and not a pirate issue.
There are no obvious indications on the cover or disc as to its origin.
The cover is completely different from the original U.S. issue. That version had a plain gold gatefold cover with a nude photo of the band on the inside.
This version has that photo on the front and the back of the cover, which is not a gatefold.
While the catalog number that matches the original U.S. issue on Capitol Records (SMAS-11207) is on both the back cover and the label, neither the cover nor the label mentions a record company. The word “Capitol” appears nowhere on this LP.
The cover is printed on thin, laminated posterboard. The cover is VG-, with general wear, lamination cracks, and repaired splits on the top (4″), bottom (3″) and spine (8″). It presents nicely.
The fairly heavy (160 gram) black vinyl disc is VG++, with a couple of scuffs from being removed from the inner sleeve. There are no significant marks on the vinyl. Clean disc!
The matrix numbers are SMAS-11207 A and SMAS-11207 B. They are machine stamped and there is no other information stamped or printed in the dead wax.
Also included is a sheet with two stickers. This sheet appears to have been torn from a larger one. These stickers may have come with this album, or they may have come from an American pressing of the album. We really don’t know.
A nice copy of a rare variation of a classic album and the only copy of this we’ve ever seen.
Background: We’re an American Band was the seventh studio album by Grand Funk, and the album reached #2 on the American album charts, helped by the title track, which reached #1 on the charts as a single.
We’re an American Band sounded nothing like its muddy, plodding predecessors. Sonically, the record was sharp and detailed and the band’s playing was far tighter and more accomplished. Most important, someone, whether the band or Rundgren, decided that gruff-voiced drummer Don Brewer should be employed as a lead singer as often as guitarist Mark Farner. Brewer also contributed more as a songwriter, and the results were immediate. The album’s title song, an autobiographical account of life on the road written and sung by Brewer, was released in advance of the album and became a gold-selling number one hit, Grand Funk’s first really successful single.
|Country of origin:||Unknown|
|Year of Release:||1973?|