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5.0 out of 5 stars Summer '67, 4 July 2007
This review is from: Music In A Doll's House (Audio CD)
Its strange which past groups & artists get remembered & respected, & who gets overlooked. Family were an absolutely awesome & successful band in their time, but you'll look in vain for any mention of them in taste-arbiters like Mojo or Q. Ok, its great that most of their cd's are still available & Roger Chapman just keeps on going, but they deserve more. This album is an absolute classic of English psychedelia - and other reviewers are right to point out its very English flavour. Roger Chapman's voice isn't for everyone, granted, but here he adapts well to the more melodic, spacier trax as well as his more strident sound on the likes of Hey Mr Policeman & Me My Friend. The group play up a storm & producer Dave Mason throws in the kitchen sink of Pepper-era special fx, without overdoing the phasing etc. Once you get past the sumptuous joys of the music, the lyrics are rather good, too. Its one of those albums that just seem to be a perfect whole, from the cover art to the way the trax join together, themes drifting in & out of view. I'd have no hesitation putting this alongside Piper at the Gates as a true psychedelic masterpiece.
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