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Music in a Doll's House,
By A Customer
This review is from: Music In A Doll's House (Audio CD)
It's 1968 and the British underground rock scene in the UK is making waves. Family, one of the many bands gaining widespread recognition and now 'above ground' getting recording deals, issue their debut 'Music in a Doll's House on the Reprise label.
It's a curious album; a mix of late 60's production, (with flanged and phased guitars of John Whitney) matched against the powerful and utterly unique vocals of Roger Chapman, the saxes of Jim King, Ric Grech's bass and Rob Townsend's drumming. Grech went on to join Clapton, Baker and Winwood in Blind Faith, whilst Chaman,bleating like a slaughtered lamb, underpinned the 'band sound' before moving on to form Streetwalkers with Whitney.His vocals are engaging throughout and yet, never reach the heights of the 'Weaver's Answer' on the next album, 'Family Entertainment'.
Whilst feeling somwhat dated at times, thia album defines much of the feel of the decade's twilight years. It's a great piece of British band/ musical history and for me, brings back memories of halcyon days of parties, trippy laid back summer evenings, John Peel's Top Gear, and the sheer originality that so many bands at this time offered.
I still have the old vinyl copy of this album. The CD is a 'must have', whether for fans of the period or fans of the band. Or for people like me, who just want to listen to a decent copy in their car!