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Family

A blues-based band with art rock inclinations, Family were one of the more interesting groups of hippie-era Britain. Fronted by the deft and frequently excellent guitar playing of John "Charlie" Whitney and the raspy, whiskey-and-cigarette voice of Roger Chapman, Family were much loved in England and Europe but barely achieved cult status in America. While bands like Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, and the Keith Emerson-led Nice (and later Emerson, Lake & Palmer) sold lots of records, Family, who frequently toured with these bands, were left in the shadows, an odd band loved by a small but rabid group of fans.

Although the band's first official release was Music in a Doll's House in 1968, the roots of the band went back as far as the early '60s, when Whitney started a rhythm & blues/soul band called the Farinas while at college. In 1966, Whitney met Roger Chapman, a prematurely balding singer who had a voice so powerful that, to quote Robert Christgau, "It could kill small game at a hundred yards," and the two began a creative partnership that would last through two bands and into the early '80s. With Whitney and Chapman leading the way, Family became whole with the addition of bassist Ric Grech, saxophonist Jim King, and drummer Rob Townsend. Within a year they were hyped as the next big thing, and under that pressure and intense British pop press scrutiny delivered their debut record in 1968, Music in a Doll's House. Doll's House is pop music redolent of the Zeitgeist: Chapman's voice is rooted in the blues and R&B, but the record is loaded with strings, Mellotrons, acoustic guitars, and horns -- essentially all the trappings of post-psychedelia and early art rock. Almost completely ignored in the States, Doll's House was a hit in Britain and Family began a string of "less art rock/more hard rock" albums that ended, as did the band, with the release of It's Only a Movie in 1973.

After Family's demise, Whitney and Chapman formed the blues-rock Streetwalkers; other Family members (of which there were quite a few in the band's tempestuous eight years) such as John Wetton (King Crimson, Asia) and Jim Cregan (Rod Stewart) went off to find fame and fortune elsewhere. Trivia buffs note: it was Ric Grech who was the first to leave Family in 1969 to become the least well-known member of supergroup Blind Faith. Sadly, that proved to be Grech's biggest mistake, as Blind Faith imploded in a year, and Grech (whose last notable band membership was in Traffic), long plagued by drinking problems, died of liver failure in 1990. Charlie Whitney went on to play in an extremely low-key country/blues/bluegrass band called Los Rackateeros, and Roger Chapman moved to Germany, where his solo career flourished. A fine, occasionally great band, Family deserved more recognition (at least in America) than they received -- something that a thoughtfully compiled career-spanning CD retrospective might rectify. ~ John Dougan
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Bandstand

1. Burlesque

2. Bolero Babe

3. Coronation

4. Dark Eyes

5. Broken Nose

6. My Friend The Sun

7. Glove

8. Ready To Go

9. Top Of The Hill

10. The Rockin R's

11. No Mules Fool (Live)

12. Good News Bad News (Live)

13. The Weave'rs Answer (Live)

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Track List: Fearless

1. Between Blue and Me

2. Sat'd'y Barfly

3. Larf And Sing

4. Spanish Tide

5. Save Some For Thee

6. Take Your Partners

7. Children

8. Crinkley Grin

9. Blind

10. Burning Bridges

11. In My Own Time

12. Seasons

13. Between Blue And Me (live)

14. Sing 'Em The Way I Feel (live)

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Track List: A Song for Me

1. Drowned in Wine

2. Some Poor Soul

3. Love Is a Sleeper

4. Stop for the Traffic , Through the Heart of Me

5. Wheels

6. Song for Sinking Lovers

7. Hey - Let It Rock

8. The Cat and the Rat

9. 93's Ok J

10. A Song for Me

11. No Mule's Fool

12. Good Friend of Mine

13. Drowned in Wine (Live)

14. The Cat and the Rat (Live)

15. Wheels (Live)

16. A Song for Me (Live)

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Track List: Family Entertainment

1. The Weaver's Answer

2. Observations From A Hill

3. Hung Up Down

4. Summer '67

5. How-Hi-The-Li

6. Second Generation Woman

7. From Past Archives

8. Dim

9. Processions

10. Face In The Cloud

11. Emotions

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Track List: Music In A Doll's House

1. The Chase

2. Mellowing Grey

3. Never Like This

4. Me My Friend

5. Variation On A Theme Of Hey Mr. Policeman

6. Winter

7. Old Songs New Songs

8. Variation On A Theme Of The Breeze

9. Hey Mr. Policeman

10. See Through Windows

11. Variation On A Theme Of Me My Friend

12. Peace Of Mind

13. Voyage

14. The Breeze

15. 3 x Time

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Track List: Anyway...

1. Good News - Bad News

2. Willow Tree

3. Holding The Compass

4. Strange Band

5. Part Of The Load

6. Anyway

7. Normans

8. Lives And Ladies

9. Strange Band (Alternate Version)

10. Part Of The Load (Live)

11. Lives And Ladies (Live)

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Track List: It's Only A Movie

1. It's Only A Movie

2. Leroy

3. Buffet Tea For Two

4. Boom Bang

5. Boots N Roots

6. Banger

7. Sweet Desire

8. Suspicion

9. Check Out

10. Hometown

11. Holding The Compass (Live)

12. Weavers Answer (Live)

13. Dim (Live)

14. Procession No Mule's Fool (Live)

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Track List: Old Songs New Songs

Disc 1

1. Hung Up Down

2. Today

3. Observation 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 Weaver's Answer

Disc 2

1. Drowned In Wine

2. Love Is A Sleeper

4. Wheels

5. Song For Sinking Lovers

7. A Song For Me

8. No Mule's Fool

9. Good News - Bad News (Live)

10. Part Of The Load

11. Normans

12. Holding The Compass (Live)

13. Anyway

Disc 3

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' R'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

16. Crinkley Grin

Disc 4

1. Blind

2. Burning Bridges

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

9. Suspicion

12. The Weavers Answer

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Track List: Portrait

1. Bridge & Tunnel

2. Daddy Wronglegs

3. Bopsky

4. Illegal Women

5. Delphonika

6. The Wonder Years

7. Othermother

8. Exploding Baby

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great band f**k critics and musician wannabees fearless dolls house entertianmen t anyway great records unless of course your into that punk crap
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aerynsun27
Wrong bio and the wrong album cover. The lead singer was St. Paul along with Susannah Melvoin. Susannah's twin Wendy, was part of Prince and the Revolution. Other band members include Jerome and Jellybean from The Time. The group part of the Prince Paisley Park franchise.
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aerynsun27
The song Screams of Passion is not by the Family but The Family. The group part of the Prince Paisley Park franchise. The album cover is right but not the bio.
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First proper band I saw live, Greens Playhouse Glasgow early 70s
I caught his Tamborine and had a big "Tug of War" with the bouncers who got it back
It got us a few lines in "The Raver" column in the Melody Maker that week
Seen Chapman loads since, formidable live performer!
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One album on here (Portraits) is by an entirely different band. A progressive metal band.
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Family recorded some very great music during its career but, much like other very talented bands that failed to achieve wider recognition in America (The Move, The Pretty Things, etc), never cracked the U.S. market. Family Entertainmen t is a very good album.
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Well, the singer, who's voice could kill small game at 100 yards, is annoying and that could have something to do with the band not gaining widespread acceptance. But then again, Aerosmith and AC/DC had even more annoying howler monkeys as vocalists so who knows ?
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Luvved Family
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Family - much like The Move - made some incredibly good records that received virtually no airplay in America. Except, when I was on the radio. Those were the good old days!!! Bandstand is Family's best album.
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I had tickets to seem them in Detroit in 1972 as they were to open for Deep Purple. Family cancelled. I have all their albums!
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family is truly one of best bands of the 60s and 70s listen to the album family entertainmen t
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The vocals in this song sound so lost and distant. This song has a tremendously hollow, profound feel to it that gets me every time I hear it ...
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Saw them at Steve Paul's Scene in NYC in 1969 and almost got hit by a mike stand. Roger Chapman is as intense a singer as you will ever want to. Don't miss his work on the secong Box Of Frgs' album!

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