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1. It’s Only A Movie
2. Leroy
3. Buffet Tea For Two
4. Boom Bang
5. Boots N Roots
6. Banger
7. Sweet Desiree
8. Suspicion
9. Check Out
10. Home Town
11. Holding The Compass (Live)
12. Weavers Answer (Live)
13. DIM (Live)
14. Procession / No Mule's Fool (Live)

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Classic 1973 Family album. Madfish edition - re-mastered with bonus tracks. Growing out of the R&B boom of the early 60s, Family's sound evolved into a unique mix of blues, folk, jazz, psychedelia and high energy rock'n'roll built around the distinctive vocals of frontman Roger Chapman, Charlie Whitney's innovative guitar playing and Rob Townsend's thunderous drumming. It's Only A Movie was originally released in 1973 and was the band's final album before they split up later that year. This Madfish edition, which is packaged in a slipcase, also features two bonus tracks. All the tracks have been re-mastered for this reissue.

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Family Matinee 6 Jan. 2006
By loce_the_wizard - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is the one Family recording that strikes the listener as "light." Apparently the fellows decided to do something quite different from their mainstay musical forays and different it is. Once they knew the gig was up, I'm guessing they decided to have fun with such songs as the title track "It's Only a Movie," "Leroy," and "Sweet Desiree." There is an aching sadness to "Buffet Tea for Two," a paean to starting over (which is exactly what Chapman and Whitney were about to do with the dissolution of Family) featuring a great, typically underplayed solo by Charlie Whitney. The jaunty keyboards of the late Tony Ashton give this recording a real tilt toward the R&B fold, and Chappo's vocals, as always, prove to have the right touch. Jim Cregan's vocals, second guitar, and bass fill in the edges nicely, and Rob Townsend shows his deft touch once more on drums. The last song on the LP version of this recording, "Check Out" really rocks and as it ends, you cannot help but be both amused and sad that the greatest band of its time closed out its recording career with such an aptly named song.

Though I would not recommend this CD as an introduction to Family, I do think it is a fitting conclusion to one of the more creative rock ensembles.
A Looser & Funkier Family Coda 8 Mar. 2008
By Michael Strom - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Alas, the last Family album. At the end of an incredible run of creativity and intensity, they turned out their loosest, funkiest effort. Most Family devotees would not consider it their favorite, but this is nonetheless an outstanding album.

These guys were not exactly known for R&B roots, but along with a significant change in the band's personnel, several tracks displayed a surprisingly funky side ("Boots 'n' Roots," "Banger," "Sweet Desiree," & maybe even "Suspicion."). The trend continued into Chapman & Whitney's subsequent band, Streetwalkers.

The title track is a stunner, given Family's taut, intent past. The lead vocals are casual, offhand, conversational and not even by Roger Chapman. Chapman added to his rogues gallery of wackos-as-protagonists with "Boom Bang," with Chappo front & center as a flasher. As usual for his weirdo stories, the tempo is unusual, the pace is aggressive, the lyrics are amusing & Roger howls at the moon.

The album ends (fittingly?) with "Check Out," a song about a prison break. Check out they did, with a straightahead (for these guys) guitar and organ workout. I still miss them.
Family's Swan Song showed that the Band did not have to call it quits when it did! 12 April 2015
By Brian C. Carrick - Published on
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Family's swan song was a superb album, one that showed the band could play rock-and-roll music on a variety of fronts, innovative as ever. The sad thing is that this CD would become the final offering by a band that never hit it BIG as they should have, thanks to poor management and some difficult U.S. tours. The triumvirate of Roger Chapman (vocals), Charlie Whitney (guitars, vocals), and Rob Townsend (drums and percussion) joined by Tony Ashton (keyboards) and Jim Cregan (guitars, bass) delivered a smashing album from start-to-finish, not a single song was filler or not worthy of inclusion. The title track was quirky, made one think of the films of 1930's Hollywood, one in which, everything was indeed a show. Every album by this phenomenal British band is worth buying and this one for sure. It would be so great if the band would reform for old time's sake and put out another release and possibly go out on tour as there is nothing in today's world of rock music that compares with any of the bands of old, no doubt about it.
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