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Music in a Doll's House/Family Entertainment [Import]

Family Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: See For Miles
  • ASIN: B00002MNLS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Scene Through The Eye Of A Lens
2. Gypsy Woman
3. The Chase
4. Mellowing Grey
5. Never Like This
6. Me My Friend
7. Variation On A Theme Of Hey Mr. Policeman
8. Winter
9. Old Songs For New Songs
10. Variation On A Theme Of The Breeze
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Weaver's Answer
2. Observations From A Hll
3. Hung Up Down
4. Summer '67
5. How-Hi-The-Li
6. Second Generation Woman
7. From Past Archives
8. Dim
9. Processions
10. Face In The Cloud
See all 11 tracks on this disc

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Underrated Band of the 1960's 26 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD
An absolutely unbelievable debut followed by an equally as fascinating and original second album. Family are a band who have somehow been forgotten despite being amazingly ahead of their time. From the rousing "Chase" which opens Music in a Dolls House, to the incredibly beautiful "Mellowing Grey", the intensely psychedelic "Me My Friend", and the disturbing but brilliant "Voyage", Family are like no other band I have ever heard. Their amazing use of a huge variety of instruments as well as astonishing production and use of new recording techniques, which were only equalled by the Beatles in this era of music, makes for a mind blowing listen. I was not born until 1981, so to have heard these albums in the 1960's must have been even more incredible. Their music is reflected today in acts as diverse as Chemical Brothers, Tricky and Orbital. Essential listening.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth tracking a copy down. 15 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
Whilst it's probably necessary to take the secondhand route, so as to obtain a copy of this item, it will be well worth the trouble. Not only do purchasers get the stunning debut album and the worthwhile follow-up, but the compilers have thoughtfully included the single rarity "Scene Through The Eye Of A Lens" which preceded the first album. The whole is nicely packaged and comes with an informative booklet.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Genius 22 Oct 2000
Format:Audio CD
The "Family" a late sixties and early seventies band, stand out as one of those rare bands that laid the groundwork for many(more successful)bands that came after. Their musicianship and compositions are unique, a listen to these two albums which together represent "Family" at their very best..will convince many that they were way, way ahead of their time. A Great buy...from a never to be seen again band!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trip the Light Fantastic 10 May 2004
By loce_the_wizard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes you need to go back and experience what was to wonder what could have been. No other debut album from a band can match the force of this one from Family, and for more than 30 years, this work has remained a testimony to what rock music should be about: creative, mind-bending, pulsing, twisting, strange, engaging, and even failing.
The CD is full of gems, but the crowning glory may be "Old Songs, New Songs." Chappo's unearthly delivery of the main vocals contrasted with the falsetto of reedman Jim King's vocal on the chorus could stop traffic. Charlie Whitney offers up one of the coolest wah-wah pedal-powered solos toward the last minute of the song against the rock solid drums of the great Rob Townsend and the bass line of the late Rick Grech.
Be warned, however, if you cut your teeth on what has been on commercial FM radio for the past 20 years, you may experience osmotic shock when listening to Family. Had Family achieved the popularity it so deserved, then maybe today folks would know that the first and best rock band to ever feature violin, saxophone, guitar, bass, drums, and vocals may very well have been Family, not the Dave Matthews Band.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite gem from the Anglophile masterpieces! 8 Oct 2010
By B. Sorensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I completely forgot that Dave Mason [of Traffic fame ] produced this wonderful album! That engineer Eddie Kramer added his own magical touch is another plus!

I own three copies of this album, two English pressings and an American too. At one time I owned all of the import catalog, and followed Roger Chapman into his Streetwalker phase. The cd has truly quiet spaces that the audiophile may dread or cherish- editing out tape hiss and analog debris invariably calls for excessive cutting, which allows me to hold on to my analog source cd copy. Still, See For Miles did a very good job!

Family fans are not legion, we are peculiar for appreciating the quirks of a very good band of artists! To define them as psychedelic seems absurd. If Sgt Pepper's is the first "concept album" then Music In A Doll's House is a refined concept!
Even in '67 rock bands were mostly showboats of testosterone and teen angst, but this album has elements of poetry and English vaudeville. Mason's contribution, " Never Like This", is not like Traffic or his Alone Together masterpiece, it reflects the spirit of Music In A Doll's House. Alone Together

If I were to compare it to another gem of the era it would be Forever More's Yours. We Anglophiles attach ourselves to personal gems.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very '60's Masterpiece 16 April 2000
By Michael Strom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This may have actually been a concept album. The concept would have been "We're doing drugs and, although we like them, they are really confusing us." Music In a Doll's House is a raging slab of psychedelia run through a blender. It is an astonishing piece of work filled with paranoia, minor keys, and snippets of themes that recur in drastically altered forms listed as "Variations On A Theme of ..." Acid flashbacks, perhaps. This would all be so much hippie marginalia but for the fact that Family's musicianship, songwriting and vision were incomparable. Although unmistakably a product of the "60's, Music In A Doll's House doesn't sound retro -- it still sounds visionary. This album would sound cutting-edge-original if it were released today, tomorrow or in 2001. There is nothing else like it, and probably never will be. Family never attempted to repeat this, although one could say the same of any other album they released.
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