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Entertainment: Remastered [Original recording remastered]

Family Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Pucka
  • ASIN: B00009PBX8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,425 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. From Past Archives 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dim 2:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Processions 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Face In The Cloud 2:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Emotions 5:09£0.79  Buy MP3 


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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good follow up to a classic debut 14 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
Released early 1969 "Entertainment" was their second studio album and incredible as it may seem was almost as good as their stunning Dave Mason produced debut album "Music in a Doll's House". The line up was the same; Jim King (saxophones), John Whitney (guitar, vocals), Ric Grech (vocals/bass/violin), Rob Townsend (drums, percussion), Roger Chapman (vocals). Grech shows his writing abilities on this album and maybe displayed his restlessness that led him to leave to join Clapton, Winwood and Baker in BLIND FAITH.
Some critics thought it not as strong as the first album although some think it has aged better than "doll's House"; I love them both. I think it certainly resides in the 'early progressive' stable. I believe it was reported that the band were quite disappointed with the production of this album which resulted in them having more say in production from then on.
Their eclectic sound influenced by folk, country, and pop was rooted in the blues. I think "Entertainment" produced by Glyn Johns and Family manager John Gilbert created a worthy album that drew on all of their musical influences and abilities. It opens with "The Weaver's Answer", a haunting song about a dying old man about to see his life in the form of tapestry. Chapman sings the lyric of remembrance with real bluesy grit and Grech's violin at the end makes you feel the old fella's death. A classic opener for a very good album.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most consistent Family album 7 Aug 2008
Format:Audio CD
After their classic debut (Music In A Dolls House) Family returned the following year with their Magnum Opus. The album's main strength lies in it's diversity of Rhythmn & Blues, Folk, Rock and mild Psychedelia. It opens with what is probably Family's greatest track, the magnificent 'The Weaver's Answer'. This track neatly displays the Family Trademark sound of gritty Roger Chapman vocals underpined by a powerful backing band which has quieter more acoustic moments. The next two tracks are almost equally as arresting, each using a different blend ot instrumentation ('Observations' featuring Ric Grechs violin, 'Hung Up Down' a string & woodwind section)before the instrumental 'Summer '67' which utilises Indian Sitars & Tablas (and later a sax break!!). The closing track on side one is the slower 'How Li The Hi' which utilises a spacey organ.

The second side of the album opens with the bluesey 'Second Generation Woman' which although it has a nice driving rhythmn seems to pale compared with what has been heard prior to this. Thankfully things soon pick up with 'From Past Archives' which has a Clarinet break and further showcases Family's eclectic sound. 'Dim' is an upbeat folky track which has a nice soft Roger Chapman vocal and is one of my personal favourites on the album. The climax is 'Emotions' which builds up to an ecstatic finale to a gripping album. If you are a fan of late sixties psych/prog crossover music you will love this album. I probably should have docked half a mark for the below par 'Second Generation Woman', but hey, i'm a nice guy!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUE QUALITY. 14 Feb 2009
Format:Audio CD
Family, to my mind, were never really psychedelic. They emerged during that era, of course, but while their first album, MUSIC IN A DOLL'S HOUSE (a title foisted on them) looked & sounded the part, 'experimental' is probably a more accurate description. One thing they did have is true quality & it is displayed in abundance on this, their 2nd effort.

Critics & fans are divided over its merits in comparison with DOLL'S HOUSE (as a read of Amazon's review pages will confirm). But, personally, I have no doubts, favouring this, primarily because the material is more distinctive & memorable.

Their range of instrumentation is certainly a cut above your average rock group, while arrangements are unexpectedly subtle & intelligent. I especially like their use of 12-string guitar, particularly when combined with tinkling piano, as in "Processions." "The weaver's answer" & "Observations from a hill" are two further obvious highlights, but there's hardly a weak track among the 11.

Actually, I have some observations of my own. I would never accuse Family of copying anyone, HOWEVER....there are several strange coincidences concerning the record:

- The Hollies recorded a song entitled 'Elevated Observations' on their BUTTERFLY album (I think) of 1967, which uses the same idea as the aforementioned track.

- Simon & Garfunkel recorded Paul Simon's 'Patterns' (a 'tapestry of life' concept) on 'Parsley, Sage Rosemary & Thyme' album of 1966, which employs an identical rhythm to 'Weaver's answer.'

- Spirit's 'It shall be' from their 'Family that plays together' album of
1968 has an identical guitar chord sequence(descending Dmaj shape) to 'How-hi-the-li.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Entertainment 12 Feb 2013
By sodsgob
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had the vinyl copy when it first came out but got mislaid in the 90's. So just got around to buying the remastered cd a week ago. Really glad I did,I had forgotten how good it was, sounds even better than I remember. I've had the Music in a Dolls House cd for some years and like them both equally. ..Dolls House was very much of its time, far out and freaky man!just what I was into at the time and Entertainment was more cohesive and mellow, both absolutely trippy and hippy, where did those days go?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super.
Published 1 month ago by P. Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
One of the best records I have ever heard. What a fantastic group of musicians Family were, so talented. Absolutely brilliant.
Published 5 months ago by no name
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Rock
A must have for your collection. Always good to be able to purchase CD's of your own (worn out) vinyl.
Published 9 months ago by sk5333
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Saw Family many times in the late 60s and bought this album on vinyl at the time - finally bought the CD!
Published 9 months ago by Michael Banham
5.0 out of 5 stars family entertainment
excellent 2nd album by family great in there heyday roger chapmans vocals are a joy to hear a definate ten for me
Published 11 months ago by Mr. A. P. Russell
1.0 out of 5 stars "It Doesn't Take Sherlock Holmes (or even Skooby-Doo)......",
The older out-of-print See For Miles Music in a Doll's House/Family Entertainment digi-book set was remastered in 2000 using Super-Bit Mapping. Read more
Published 16 months ago by J. H. Mccarthy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Entertainment by Family!
Not much I can add to the other reviews on here, but firstly I should point out that this album was not call 'Entertainment' it was called 'Family Entertainment' making use of an... Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2012 by A & C Jewell
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME
This is the best Family album and one of the best albums of all time in my opinion. I still play it frequently most weeks 40 years after its release. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2011 by SIMON
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
You know how it is: that music from the past which sounded great at the time. But when you hear it again many years later, it doesn't sound so wonderful. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2010 by N. Gosney
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Family Listening!
This was a big album for Family, but is possibly neither the best nor the most accessible. However, if you've already grown to like the Family sound and Chapman's unique style,... Read more
Published on 30 April 2009 by C. Moore
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