- Audio CD (12 Feb. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Mystic
- ASIN: B0000C436Y
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Digitally remastered two CD set containing a pair of albums from the British outfit: 1971's Fearless, a UK Top 20 album, generally regarded as one of their finest, at the peak of their powers, and Family Live. Bonus tracks include 'In My Own Time', a Top 5 hit in the UK. 24 tracks total. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This album isn't always as 'rocky' as previous albums but the diversity of styles that are played by 5 musicians of the highest quality and originality is staggering with not a bad track on the album. Don't expect to like it first time around - it is an album that rewards frequent listening.
'Between Blue and Me' is a great opener with some excellent (as always) guitar work from Charlie Whitney. The album then runs through numerous great songs, in particular 'Spanish Tide', 'Take Your Partners' and the wonderful 'Blind' before finsishing with the superb 'Burning Bridges'. The abiliies of all members of the band shine through with, of course, the truly original voice of Roger Chapman always a highlight.This album has a few extra tracks which also make it excellent value.
If you are going to buy one Family album this is not a bad one to have
In the late 60's early 70's I was a Family nut, collected all their albums, singles, went to all the gigs. They made great music, Bandstand the album after Fearless this was nearly as good but on Fearless Chapmans voice & Whitneys playing was never better with Wetton & Palmer & Townsend they were my favourite family.
Listen to this album once & it will own you...
The whole album maintains a level of inventiveness and musicianship that is rare today and not a given then. More daring that classic Rock and not quite as experimental as some of the great Prog-Rock gestating at the time, Family did not fit in a specific camp which it may why it suffered unjustly from full recognition, given some groups that would receive it in those years.
From the gutsy "Between Blue and Me" and the Tom Waits-like feel of "Sat'd'y Barfly"--a song Tom could actually add to his repertoire--the band is off to the races, so to speak. Then comes one of my favorite, "Larf and Sing," unfortunately only 2:40 long in which Wetton shines and a chorus sectioon--Gentle Giant would patent it later--that takes the song even to further creative heights. Also worth mentioning are the sweet folkie feel of "Children" and "Save Some for Thee" which might make you think of a gutsier Traffic--circa "The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys ..." era.
Last--best for last, if you will--and probably a voice even more neglected than the band he fronted, there is Mr. Roger Chapman, Family's lead singer and incandescent heart of the band. Chapman, gifted with pipes that could wrench your heart with his dramatic range at one point, rock like crazy or do justice to a soft lullaby, makes a great album simply extraordinary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Waited nearly 2 months for a cd copy for this album which has never arrived. Still waiting.....
Its a 2 CD set, 1 cd studio, 1 live. Read more
I first bought this as a vinyl album 42 years ago in 1971 which I still have and it still plays well,so I decided to buy the CD version which has the added bonus tracks. Read morePublished on 25 April 2013 by A. Flynn
There's not much to say. This is a classic album from Family at their creative peak.Published on 19 Jan. 2010 by Blackbop