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Bandstand [Limited Edition]

Family Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (20 Feb 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B000CSUM94
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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' Rs
11. No Mules Fool (Bonus Track)
12. Good News - Bad News (Bonus Track)
13. The Weavers Answer (Bonus Track)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Wayne Klein VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
First if you're looking at buying this you're probably going for the collectable packaging. This duplicates the original packaging for the original LP release (look carefully--if it doesn't say that this is the it's a limited edition and put out by Repertoire, then this review has been combined with ANOTHER review of the same title put out by a different company. The audio on the Repertoire release sounds slightly better than the release by some of the other labels (the exception would be the Castle release)but it appears that No Noise has been used on almost all of these releases. Does it sound different enough to pay the extra money? In my opinion yes but I'm also getting this for the replica of the original packaging. If you're looking to spend less money I would pick up the Castle release if you can find it. Family wasn't well known for writing hook-based rock music but Bandstand is probably one of the best albums in their discography. The band's bluesy sound is mixed well with experimental touches such as the use of sythesizer, strings, horns and John Wetton on electric violin on "Bolero". The opening cut "Burlesque" has a wicked, nasty flavor to its crunchy guitar riffs and the lyrics making it unlike alot of what this band recorded. "Coronation" and "Dark Eyes" are two of the best late period ballads the band recorded and it's clear listening to this song why Elton John picked them to open for him at one point--his music from "Tumbleweed Connection" through "Honkey Chateau" would have fit in quite well with the music heard here. "Dark Eyes" with terrific layered vocals and John Whitney's guitar picking is truly a highlight of the album. "Broken Nose" is more typical Family fair crossed with boogie rock. Read more ›
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely beautiful ! 30 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
Family was one of the more significant bands of the 60s & 70s to me. I rate their "Family Entertainment" album as one of the 5 best of the 60s and "Bandstand" among the finest 5 of the 70s.
For the last 15 years I had serious doubts about the latter assessment though, because the CD release ( on the See For Miles-imprint ) I got to replace my tortured vinyl with somehow wasn't mastered properly and favoured Poli Palmer's synth just a little too much for comfort on "Coronation", "Ready To Go" & "Top Of The Hill".
Being on my yearly Chappo & Charlie binge since a month or two I seriously considered trying a new re-mastered version of the album when I read the announcement for this limited edition with a replica of the original sleeve ( on scale of course ) to boot !!
I can tell you it's all it's cracked up to be ! Finally the album sounds better than on the ol' vinyl, the replica sleeve is outstanding and "Rockin' R's" is a real big surprise as a bonus track. Going by the title I expected to hear another of Chappo's drinking ballads, but it's an honest to goodness "real" Family song !
Due to the "so / so" to "poor" sound quality the other three bonussus are less convincing. "No Mule's Fool" sounds like a BBC studio recording from the transitional post "Family Entertainment" line-up: both John Weider's violin & Jim King's sax are there, so it should be considered an interesting piece of Family history.
Both "Good News/Bad News" & "Weaver's Answer" are live tracks by the Palmer / Weider line-up, still an interesting listen in spite of the sound quality which is on par here with your average soundboard-recorded bootleg........
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bandstand - Family's Finest Hour? 21 Jun 2008
By Mark B
Format:Audio CD
Much is written about 'Dolls House' and 'Fearless' - both truly magical albums - but this one, for me anyway (no pun intended) pulls together all that was great about Family into one fantastically played, produced and packaged album. The opening number - 'Burlesque' - still electrifies at 50 paces. It's an idiosyncratic but instantly wonderful riff, showcasing Roger Chapman's manic vox at it's best, and underpinned with a rhythm section as tight as a gnat's chuff. Next up, 'Bolero Babe' is a spacey, atmospheric number that rewards with more listens. Track three, 'Coronation', is a deeply melodic sonic canvas, overlaid with aural imagery recalling - well whatever you want it to really. 'Dark Eyes' is melancholic, achingly beautiful, and up there with Family's best. Just when all the romance is beginning to get too sweet, your reverie is irreverently juxtaposed with the manic opening of 'Broken Nose', Family rocking out with Linda Lewis (remember her?) on backing vocals, and which I remember seeing Family playing in ad for tea in cinemas of the early '70's (no really!). Side two's opener 'My Friend The Sun' is an all time classic - I heard Alison Moyet say it was the first song she ever sang on stage in a teenage talent show, and it really is a timeless song of hope that transcends the years. At the end of the next track, 'Glove', Charlie Whitney cuts loose with perhaps his greatest guitar solo, played over a swirling string arrangement, given more complexity by Chapman's harmonic wailing. The almost jazz inflected 'Ready To Go' and life affirming 'Top Of The Hill' conclude the original vinyl LP, and neither are filler. On this version you get four bonus tracks - 'The Rockin Rs' was the b side of the 1972 single release of 'Burlesque', a lovely slice of 60's dancehall imagery. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A fab' companion to the vinyl original
A top notch reissue of a classic album. Sits proudly alongside the original vinyl LP. The cover art pays homage to the cardboard LP sleeve
Published 8 months ago by John M
5.0 out of 5 stars Old rocker review
I have all the 70's albums on vinyl, Anyway was the first album I pruchased as a young teenager after Eric Burdens "War". Not the grumpy old so and so I am now. Read more
Published on 18 May 2012 by Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Bandstand
Received quickly after ordering and the goods were in good condition.I knew that the product was good quality music as I already have the same album on Vynil.
Published on 22 Mar 2012 by BarryS
4.0 out of 5 stars simply good
all i can is bring back good music this is till the best it also stand the of time compare new music
Published on 23 Sep 2011 by J. Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars The Packaging Captivated me to Family
I was fourteen at the time when this album was released. The child in me demanded that I buy the album sleeve rather than the album. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2009 by Glen1975
5.0 out of 5 stars Family at the top of their creative hill
Every time they re-release this wonderful album i feel obliged to review it again - this time i've just copied the previous review (see below). Read more
Published on 30 July 2009 by Huck Flynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Is This Their Best??
Family started brilliantly with two of the most original albums of the 'progresssive' era('Family Entertainment' and 'Music in a Dolls House'). Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2008 by N. Mason
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