On "Survival" Mark Farner plays some funky guitar licks on the opener
"Country Road," and he keeps things rolling on the following track
"All You Got Is Money." It's the kind of foot stompin' head bopin'
blues and rhythm & blues inflected rock that their fans had become
accustomed to since the group's inception. This was the band at their
very peak as a trio. "Comfort Me" featured a rarely used acoustic
guitar with Farner's soaring vocals. Mark certainly was getting to
be a stronger and stronger presence as a lead singer, and his guitar
playing was exemplary. They also do a nice job with two covers, "Gimme
Shelter" and "Feelin' Alright." Farner and Brewer share the vocals
duties on "Gimme Shelter." Farner rips off some awesome solos, and
Mel's bass is right out front thumping away leading the charge.
There is a generous amount of bonus tracks on this remastered disc…five,
and they are all exceptional. The sound is excellent, and that goes
without saying regarding any of the EMI remaster programs.
It was all so wonderful and exciting to hear this music again because
it energized you in a special way that only GFR could, and one that
you could never forget. I think many listeners enjoyed the trio so
much because of the rawness of their sound and the spitfire rock 'n'
roll spirit that drove it all.
With routine and knowing what to expect comes boredom and limited
growth, thus, there were some big changes coming with the next album,
and the original GFR sound would become nothing more than a memory
with the forthcoming album.
1. Country Road - 4:23
2. All You've Got Is Money - 5:16
3. Comfort Me - 6:47
4. Feelin' Alright -4:28
5. I Want Freedom - 6:19
6. I Can Feel Him in the Morning - 7:15
7. Gimme Shelter - 6:20
8. I Can't Get Along With Society
9. Jam (Footstompin' Music)
10. Country Road
11. All You've Got Is Money
12. Feelin' Alright
Mark Farner - Guitar, Harmonica, Composer, Keyboards, Vocals
Don Brewer - Drums, Vocals
Mel Schacher - Bass, Vocals