Originally a trio, the band was formed in 1969 by Mark Farner (guitar, vocals) and Don Brewer (drums, vocals) from Terry Knight and the Pack, and Mel Schacher (bass) from Question Mark & the Mysterians; Knight soon became the band's manager. First achieving recognition at the 1969 Atlanta Pop Festival, the band was signed by Capitol Records. After a raucous, well-received set on the first day of the festival, the group was asked back to play at the Second Atlanta Pop Festival the following year. Patterned after hard rock power trios such as Cream, the band, with Terry Knight's marketing savvy, developed its own popular style. In 1969, the band released its first album titled On Time, which sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold record in 1970. In the same year, a second album,"The Red Album", was awarded gold status. The hit single "I'm Your Captain, released in 1970, was considered stylistically representative of Terry Knight and the Pack's recordings. In 1970, they sold more albums than any other American band and became a major concert attraction. By 1971, they broke The Beatles' Shea Stadium attendance record by selling out in just 72 hours.
Although highly successful in the mid-1970s, tensions mounted within the band due to personal issues, burn-out, and musical direction. Despite these issues, they forged ahead. Needing two more albums to complete their record deal with Capitol, they embarked on a major tour and decided to record a double live album, Caught in the Act. The double album should have fulfilled the contract with Capitol; however, because it contained previously released material, Capitol requested an additional album to complete their contractual obligation. While pressures between the band members still existed, the members agreed to move forward and complete one more album for Capitol to avoid legalities similar to the ones that they endured with their management in 1972. The band recorded Born to Die and agreed not to release any information regarding their impending breakup in 1976
Following the breakup, Farner began a solo career and signed with Atlantic Records which resulted in two albums: Mark Farner (1977) and No Frills (1978). Brewer, Schacher and Frost remained intact and formed the band Flint. Flint released one album on Columbia Records; a second record was finished but never released. In 1996, the band's three original members once again reunited and played to 250,000 people in 14 shows during a three-month period. In 1997, the band played three sold-out Bosnian benefit concerts. These shows featured a full symphony orchestra that was conducted by Paul Shaffer (from the David Letterman Late Show). The band released a live two-disc benefit CD called Bosnia recorded in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
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Today's mystery album is the third studio album, and was released on June 15, 1970 by Capitol Records. This album reached RIAA gold record status in 1970, making it the group's third gold record in one year. This was the record that really broke them through to the commercially successful level of metal masters such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Rather than rushing headlong into their typical hard, heavy, and overamplified approach, the band began expanding their production values. Most evident is the inclusion of strings, the acoustic opening on the disc's leadoff cut, "Sins a Good Man's Brother," as well as the comparatively mellow "Mean Mistreater." But the boys had far from gone soft. The majority of Closer to Home is filled with the same straight-ahead rock & roll that had composed their previous efforts. The driving tempo of Mel Schacher's viscous lead basslines on "Aimless Lady" and "Nothing Is the Same" adds a depth when contrasted to the soul-stirring and somewhat anthem-like "Get It Together." The laid-back and slinky "I Don't Have to Sing the Blues" also continues the trend of over-the-top decibel-shredding; however, instead of the excess force of other bands, such as MC5, today's mystery bandare able to retain the often-elusive melodic element to their heavy compositions. In 2002 "today's mystery album" was remastered with bonus tracks , available here
Goldy Rhox 172 (flac 529mb)
Goldy Rhox 172 (ogg 186mb)
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