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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: See for Miles
  • ASIN: B0000241RJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,839 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
The best album that Family released and a good indication of their unusual style. Vocalist Roger Chapman was at his peak on this album and the songs were stronger than on later releases. Drummer Rob Townsend kept the band together with his great stick work while guitarist John Whitney was at his most fluid. If you only buy one Family album, and everyone should, this should be it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Second Helping 10 May 2004
By loce_the_wizard - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If Family's first album, "Music from a Doll's House," had not set such an incredibly high standard, then their rather eclectic second album "Entertainment" might not be so overlooked. I think it is clear that the group decided to assert more influence over their sound, and the results are mixed. The recording itself has some technical problems and the band actually remixed and rereleased several of these songs on a long out-of-print LP to compensate their fans.
An undercurrent of tension fills some songs, showing what happens when this much creativity is brought to bear on a project. If you have heard some of the later live versions of "Weaver's Answer" without reedman Jim King, then you can see how flat those takes sound compared to this one. His spark also lights up cuts such as "Hung Up Down" and "Procession." King also arranged much of the music though he did not receive writing credits.
Rick Grech, never a contender for the greatest bass player ever, still made solid contributions with his violin, which was an integral component of the first two Family albums. I actually like both "How-Hi-The-Li" and "Second Generation Women," both Grech-penned and sung tunes that many Family fans dismiss too quickly.
Roger Chapman, as always, sings as if his life depended on each note. You cannot question his heart even if his delivery leaves you cold. Charlie Whitney seems to be in the background but then he emerges from the mix to nail a few bars of riveting lead guitar. "Dim" showcases Charlie's versatility and presages his current focus on bluegrass, acoustic, and folk music. The drummer Townsend is rock solid when needed and subtle when needed, proving why he was the perfect drummer for this band that refused to be nailed down into one category throughout its too brief history.
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Too Bad I Can Only Give This CD 5 Stars 25 Jun. 2001
By Kid Byron - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The only words of advice which I can impart to you is simply "buy this CD ASAP." If you are looking for a CD which encapsulates sheer brilliance from beginning to end "Entertainment" will not let you down. The craftsmanship of the musicians, the incredible range of vocal stlyes by the master vocalist Roger Chapman and the incredible range of various musical arrangements will truly leave you gasping for more. Although every last song on this CD is a gem for me the highlights are the rock you out of your seat "Second Generation Woman", Funky "How-Hi-The-Li" with the incredible opening lyrics which are "and what we'd like to know, if Mr. Chou En-Lai he gets high on all the tea in China?" and Emotions which closes the CD with virtuoso performances by Roger and keyboardist Jim King. Truth be told this is one of the most enjoyable and fresh sounding CD's which I have in my entire collection of over 600. Try and purchase the Remastered 2 CD set which includes "Entertainment" as well as Family's 1st release the also incredible "Music In a Doll's House" as the sound of the SBM mastering is just phenomenal.
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