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Absolutely beautiful !,
This review is from: Bandstand (Audio CD)
Family was one of the more significant bands of the 60s & 70s to me. I rate their "Family Entertainment" album as one of the 5 best of the 60s and "Bandstand" among the finest 5 of the 70s.
For the last 15 years I had serious doubts about the latter assessment though, because the CD release ( on the See For Miles-imprint ) I got to replace my tortured vinyl with somehow wasn't mastered properly and favoured Poli Palmer's synth just a little too much for comfort on "Coronation", "Ready To Go" & "Top Of The Hill".
Being on my yearly Chappo & Charlie binge since a month or two I seriously considered trying a new re-mastered version of the album when I read the announcement for this limited edition with a replica of the original sleeve ( on scale of course ) to boot !!
I can tell you it's all it's cracked up to be ! Finally the album sounds better than on the ol' vinyl, the replica sleeve is outstanding and "Rockin' R's" is a real big surprise as a bonus track. Going by the title I expected to hear another of Chappo's drinking ballads, but it's an honest to goodness "real" Family song !
Due to the "so / so" to "poor" sound quality the other three bonussus are less convincing. "No Mule's Fool" sounds like a BBC studio recording from the transitional post "Family Entertainment" line-up: both John Weider's violin & Jim King's sax are there, so it should be considered an interesting piece of Family history.
Both "Good News/Bad News" & "Weaver's Answer" are live tracks by the Palmer / Weider line-up, still an interesting listen in spite of the sound quality which is on par here with your average soundboard-recorded bootleg........
On the original album the songs all gel together. By way of the magnificent flow of the tracks it becomes more than the sum of its parts. What can I say, this release should really get 5 ½ stars ! Absolutely beautiful !