Grand Funk Railroad / Closer to Home

With a Fender Jazz, fuzz overdrive, and his fingernail serving as a plectrum, the almighty Mel Schacher is among the most identifiable master bassists in the history of metal, garage, hard rock and all the permutations thereof. With regard to tone, articulation, and phrasing, Mel was shinin’ on all the Funk platters.

To my ears, the band’s third studio outing is his signature work, especially given Schacher’s matchless application of rhythm, space, and melody on the title track.  Dig Mel’s swinging grooves on “Aimless Lady,” his percolating passages on “Sin’s A Good Man’s Brother,” and his soulful disposition on “Got to Get It Together.”

Mel was the “funk” in Grand Funk Railroad!