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The definitive Family compilation - well, almost!
on 19 November 2013
At long last, a 2CD compilation that includes all of Family's greatest songs and most of the stand-out tracks from each of the studio albums, lovingly re-mastered, nicely packaged and all for around a tenner! Previous such efforts have always fallen well short (whoever heard of a Family set that didn't include "The Weaver's Answer", "Observations from a Hill" and "Hung Up Down", for example? Unforgiveable!) This issue sets that record straight and is essential listening for new and old (very old, in my case) fans alike. The re-mastering really brings the original mixes to life; despite its stand-out tracks, I always found the "Family Entertainment" album rather flat in that respect but here, for example, Ric Grech's bass work is sublime and the interplay between Charlie Whitney and John Weider on the "A Song for Me" tracks is a revelation. I guess everyone will have their own views on what should/shouldn't have been included; personal favourites I would have liked to have seen include "How-Hi-The-Li", "Willow Tree" and "Top of the Hill" but these are readily available on the original albums and it would be churlish to bemoan their absence, given the constraints of 2CDs. In summary, an excellent, timely issue - outstanding value for money. Until I can save up enough (or Amazon substantially drops the price) to buy the comprehensive but very expensive "Once Upon A Time" box set - as much as I love Family, this is 40+ year old back catalogue stuff, after all - "Family History" more than adequately fills the gap. Highly recommended - get it now!