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  • Original Release Date: 24 Sep 2007
  • Label: Mystic Records
  • Copyright: 2007 Mystic Records
  • Total Length: 56:41
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  • ASIN: B001RTUO4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,794 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mark53 on 16 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
Finally a belated live release with probably the best Family line up and it doesn't dissapoint. The only down side is Poli Palmer's irritating synthesiser work which is either irritating or embarassing or both. It almost ruins the opener 'good times, bad times' appearing at the most inoppertune times. Roger Chapman is, of course in excellant form throughout 'in my own time' and 'weavers answer' being a case in point. The tracks are stretched to their limit and are far superior to the studio versions 'part of the load' has some great bass playing from John Wetton and guitar from Charlie Whitney. The recording is pretty good, although the guitar does tend to drown everything out at times. Still, a minor complaint. Worth investigating as is the BBC in concert c.d.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jon Kirkman on 5 Oct 2007
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Family were always guaranteed to do the business live and whilst many of their albums are more than good it was in the live setting that this band really worked to the best of their ability. Coming out of Leicester in the late sixties the band went through a number of changes in their five years together as a working unit.

Family Live features the line up that recorded the highly regarded Fearless album and this live album was recorded during the bands tour of November 1971 probably at the famous Rainbow venue in London. The Fearless line up was possibly the strongest line up Family ever had and included the excellent bassist John Wetton alongside Roger Chapman, Charlie Whitney, Rob Townsend and Poli Palmer. The recording whilst being over thirty years old has been suitably cleaned up and re mastered for this release and features key Family moments such as In My Own Time and Weavers Answer.

In fact the entire CD sounds incredible and one is left wondering just why this band never managed to break into the big league. One thing is for sure that they sadly don't make bands like Family anymore and as excellent as this album is all we are left with is the recorded legacy, having said that the Family legacy has recently undergone a revival of sorts with Mystic records doing the decent thing of re issuing the entire Family back catalogue.

As a moment in time Family Live is one of those albums which manages to not only remind those old enough to have seen Family live just how good they were and also those not old enough to have seen the band or even Roger Chapman live just what a wonderful band Family were and how underrated Chapman as a front man really is.
Family Live is one of those rare archive recordings that actually leave you wanting more.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Sep 2005
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Having trawled through Roger Chapman's extensive box of live tapes in order to find the top quality bonus tracks for the forthcoming Family re-issues the live tape that comprises this CD release was duly uncovered.
The source of the tapes, which was one of half a dozen complete or almost complete, concerts, is unknown - although the favourite location appears the London Rainbow Theatre. What is known is that it was recorded during Family's November 1971 tour shortly after the release of the "Fearless" studio album.
The band line-up comprises Roger Chapman - Vocals/Tambourine; Charlie Whitney - Guitar/Vocals; Poli Palmer - Vibes/Flute, Rob Townsend - Drums/Percussion and John Wetton - Bass/Vocals
The quality of the tracks are amazing having been carefully cleaned up by Mystic Records.
This issue features extensive liner notes, including quotes from various band members and photographs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bring_back_the_60s on 16 Jan 2012
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Family were best Live in concert, this CD shows the power of Chapo and the band in blistering form. The current songs from 1970 & 1971 are highlighted. My favorite Family CDs are still Dolls House and Entertainment which little are played on here unfortunately.
The sound reasonable with the keyboards dominating the mix. Overall a enjoyable CD if your a fan of Family.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Brisk, Robust Performances 17 May 2004
By loce_the_wizard - Published on Amazon.com
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The somewhat startling but much-welcomed appearance of this official "Family Live" CD is a relief of die-hard fans of Family but at the same time raises some possible "good news, bad news" issues.
"Family Live" captures the band on stage during the all too brief tenure of the lineup that recorded the classic albums "Fearless" and "Bandstand." The sound quality here is much better than the "BBC Live" CD (and miles ahead of anything available on the numerous live bootlegs), and the band sounds more focused and robust here than on the live tracks that compliment the studio tracks on "Anyway."
Family's blistering live sessions are something of legend, and supposedly Jimi Hendrix made sure he never had to follow Family after once being upstaged by their performance. Whether that story is true or not, some of that same energy pulses through these tracks, four of which were drawn from "Fearless" and the balance from earlier Family recordings. This is creative, smart rock, nothing pretentious or outlandish.
As a long-time fan, the music in this live set is worth five stars to me. But I was disappointed by the relative shortness of the CD---it is just under 57 minutes---and many live tracks, including additional numbers as well as some of these, are showing up as "bonus" tracks on the latest round of Family remasters. I would much rather have had a double CD of all this live material and hope that the remaining live material will be issued together instead of piecemeal. The artwork, photos, and liner notes should have been better for a CD this important. There is plenty of history to draw from. (Compare the quality of what's here with Streetwalkers live and you will see what I mean.)
One has to also wonder where this music has been languishing all these years. If "Family Live" had been released in 1972 could it have been the breakthrough album Family never had?
Roger Chapman sounds great, brimming with power, and showing his playful, madcap side perhaps more fully than on Family's studio sessions. Charlie Whitney as always, comes across as the consummate guitarist, conjuring up riffs and solos that rank among the best of the day. Rob Townsend's drumming keeps things in order here, moving matters along briskly and crisply. John Wetton punctuates the sound on bass and chimes in on some vocals. Poli Palmer brings a freshness on keyboards; his forays into vibes, flute, and synthesizer alternate from being a needed flourish to sounding harsh and out of place.
All things considered, hearing Family captured live during their heyday makes me fervently wish I could roll back the years or time travel to hear some of the greatest rock of any time.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Finally, the Live Album We Waited For 2 April 2004
By Michael Strom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I knew someone had to have a decent source tape for a live Family CD. This one has such outstanding sound quality, I can only wonder what took so long. No one just happens to stumble onto Family without pretty solid knowledge of the material, so this will answer the questions of the cogniscenti. Anyone who bought the bootleg-quality Larfandsing label live CDs can now put them away. If you heard the bootlegs, you already know what these performances will sound like -- but now you can really, actually hear them! And yes, the sound is really way better than the live side of Anyway.
Although the sound-quality criticisms of the live side of Anyway are valid, I'm a bit puzzled by the liner notes (& prior reviewer) criticism of the performances on Anyway. "Holding the Compass" was better played (albeit recorded poorly) on Anyway, and "Good News - Bad News" is close (I'd choose the performance on Anyway there as well, but less decisively). It's interesting to hear live versions of the very-studio Fearless tracks. Family was more than capable of reproducing in concert the hot house weirdness of the songs from that era.
In general, I wouldn't say the live set will put these songs in a different light for you. The live versions are surprisingly faithful, but if you loved classic-era Family, you really always wanted at least one solid live album. This is it -- at last. There's a bit more edge to Charlie Whitney's guitar, and as is usually the case, you notice the drummer more on a live album -- in a good way. Great rendering of "Drowned in Wine," and a solid version of "Weaver's Answer." If you're even thinking of getting this, pull the trigger. You never know when this sort of thing will go out of print.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Live Album 11 Oct 2003
By allismile0 - Published on Amazon.com
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After having read extensively how The Family was a phenomenal live band but never being too impressed by the muddled sound or sloppy performances on the "live-side" of Anyway I thought to give this a chance. Family Live is just amazing. the sound is clear and it feels like your standing on stage with them. The performances are much tighter and creative. The opening liner notes for this cd mentions that the songs were not very rehearsed on Anyway but by the time they did the songs on this cd they were clicking on all cylinders- after hearing this I definitely agree with that. highly recommended
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