FAMILY were and still are one of the most revered bands to come out of the late Sixties early Seventies. Fronted by the manic but prolific vocalist ROGER CHAPMAN, Family were one of the most popular bands on the UK and European gig and festival circuit where their particular brand of “progressive art rock”, backed by Chapman’s on stage antics and a brilliant band excited audiences everywhere.
The band became a brilliant vehicle for the song writing partnership of Roger Chapman and CHARLIE WHITNEY who were joined along the way by a number of top musicians including JOHN WETTON and later TONY ASHTON.
The popularity of Family was reflected by top thirty singles including a number 4 with “In My Own Time” and 7 top thirty albums, with “A Song For Me” reaching number 4, “Entertainment” number 6 and “Anyway” number 7.
This four CD box set features the following:
1. 49 tracks including 14 previously unreleased performances
2. The first release on CD of the album “Old Songs New Songs”.
3. Booklet written by Pete Feenstra on the history of Family, featuring quotes from band members and previously unseen photo’s.
4. A reproduction of the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival programme
1.Hurry Up Down 2.Today 3.Observations From A Hill 4.Good Friend Of Mine
5.Drowned In Wine 6.Peace Of Mind
7.Hometown 8.The Cat And The Rat 9.No Mule’s Fool 10.See Through Windows
11.The Weavers Answer All versions previously unavailable on CD
1.Drowned In Wine (Previously unreleased demo) 2.Love Is A Sleeper 3 Stop For the Traffic
4.Wheels 5.Song For Sinking Lovers
6.Number Six Blues (Previously unreleased demo) 7.A Song For Me 8.No Mule’s Fool (Previously unreleased demo)
9.Good news – Bad News (Live) 10.Part Of The Load 11.Normans 12.Holding The Compass (Live)
13.Anyway 10.Strange Band (Live)
1.Burlesque 2.Bolero Babe 3.Coronation 4.My Friend The Sun 5.Glove 6.Ready to Go
7.Top Of The Hill 8.The Rockin’ B’s 9.In My Own Time 10.Seasons 11.Between Blue And Me (Live)
12.Sing ‘Em The Way I Feel (Live) 13.Sat’d’y Barfly
14.Larf & Sing 15.Spanish Tide (Live) 16.Crinkley Grin
1.Blind 2.Burning Bridges 3.Children (Live)
4.Take Your Partners 5.It’s Only A Movie
6.Buffet Tea For Two 7.Sweet Desire
8.Rockin’ Pneumonia And Boogie Woogie Flu (Live) 9. Suspicion 10.Checkout
11.In My Own Time (Live) 12.The Weavers Answer (Live)
Bonus CD (Available with the first 1000 copies only)
1.Song For Lot’s 2.Theme For A Dream
3.Wheels 4.Kick A Cat 5.Sinking Lovers
6.Part Of The Load 7.Drowned In Wine 8.Holding The Compass 9.Good News Bad News
10.The Weavers Answer 11.A Song For Me
Tracks 1 – 5 Previously unreleased demo’s
Tracks 6 – 11 Recorded live at the Circus Krone Munich 7.11.1970