Rolling Stone (6/10/71, p.43) - Lester Bangs
Grand Funk Railroad: Mark Farner (vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards); Don Brewer (vocals, drums); Mel Schacher (bass).
Recorded at Cleveland Recording Company Studios, Cleveland, Ohio. Originally released on Capitol (764). Includes liner notes by Steve Roeser.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
The cleaned-up production and general absence of sloppiness is the first thing you will notice upon hearing Survival. A surprisingly good album, Survival contains a number of standout cuts, including a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter." With the devotion their fans showed toward them, it seemed that Grand Funk could do no wrong, and here, they attempted to prove their fans right. ~ James Chrispell