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Family Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mystic
  • ASIN: B0000C436X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 184,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Willow Tree 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Holding The Compass 4:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Strange Band 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Part Of The Load 4:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Anyway 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Normans 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Lives And Ladies 6:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Strange Band (Bonus Track - Alternative Live Version) 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Part Of The Load (Bonus Track - Live) 9:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Lives And Ladies (Bonus Track - Live) 8:040.99  Buy MP3 

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well, anyway. 31 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is the only live album recorded and released by the group during their short life span. Well, half live album, anyway.
The live tracks were recorded during the 1970 tour with the group trying out versions on the road prior to possible studio recordings.
Chappo is in fine voice for the opener, the hard rocker 'Good News, Bad News.'You can almost sense the tambourine impacting into the face of some unfortunate 'head' in the front row at Fairfield Hall. Other highlights include 'Holding the Compass' which Chappo refers to as 'another busker job' and a hard-edged pre-release live version of the single 'Strange Band.'
The studio side is far from filler and features some sterling songwriting from Chappo and Whitney. Highlights feature the delightfully ramshackled instumental 'Normans', the ode to life on tour 'Part of the Load', the psychy 'Anyway' and reflective 'Lives and Ladies.'
Family had a reputation for being awesome live. 'Anyway' goes some way to explaining why but for absolute proof listen to the later 'Family Live'CD from the 71 Tour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Family at their best 8 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album when it first came out on vinyl with its weird plastic cover over a picture by Da Vinci. I had just seen them perform live and also bought the single 'Strange Band' which had the brilliant 'Weavers Answer' on the 'B' side.

Seeing them live was always a wonderful evenings entertainment - rarely has a band put so much into their live shows (they never performed encores on any occasion I saw them), they really were a great live band. This album is half live and half studio and although the two sides may be very different, the quality of both is superb.

The brilliant 'Good News, Bad News' starts off the album with great vocals from Roger Chapman plus an excellent solo from Charlie Whitney and some excellent vibes playing from Poli Palmer. 'Holding the Compass' follows with Chappo repeating trhe same verse twice (not the only time I heard him do this!). A live version of 'Strange Band' is full of raw energy. with some powerful drumming from Rob Townsend and some excellent 'rock violining' from bassist John Weider. On the studio side the superb 'Part of the Load' and 'Lives and Ladies' are highlights for me with the other tracks not far behind. 'Lives and Ladies' in particular is a vastly underrated track and for me comes close to 'Weavers Answer' as the definitive Family track.

Family never had major commercial success but they didn't do too bad and it is obvious listening to the superb music on this album why they were never considered mainstream (whatever that is). They did, however, leave behind some brilliant music and this album is a great reminder of the band close to the peak of its powers (their next album 'Fearless' was perhaps their best).

Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse of one of the best live bands ever 8 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was lucky enough to see Family play live about a dozen times. They were quite superb - unpretentious, casual in approach, even sloppy at times, yet could suddenly become extremely tight, musically. They could be as complex as a jazz band, but all the time driven by Roger Chapman's manic persona and sense of fun.

The live section of this album gives a glimpse into how good (and bad) they could be - Chapman forgets his words a couple of times, yet the band plays on behind him as if nothing has happened, bringing in electric violin, saxophone and vibraphone to augment their routinely excellent blues-influenced guitar/bass/drum combo.

I suppose the nearest thing we've seen to Family since they broke up would be Ian Dury and the Blockheads. Clever songs and witty stage persona, allied to skilled musicianship.

Never a studio band, Family failed to produce an album which truly reflected how good they really were. This is about as close as they got.
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5.0 out of 5 stars When music was music... 21 Jun 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Brilliant... Chapman's voice is amazing... Best live album of the 70's by a long shot. Holding the compass is stunning...
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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 bonus "Live" tracks not Live 14 Mar 2013
Format:Audio CD
Beware of the various reissues of this disc that contain the 3 bonus Live tracks-
'Strange Band','Part of the Load','Lives and Ladies'
They are not live versions,they are taken from the 'BBC Radio Sessions' cd
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