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  • Audio CD (8 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mystic Records
  • ASIN: B0033755Z2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 164,184 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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So.....the wait is over for any self respecting Family/Streetwalkers/Roger Chapman fan. This is the famous Reprise album that bridged the gap between the final days of Family - and the newly launched Streetwalkers band in 1975. Indeed, this album may be unknown to many Family fans . My own vinyl copy is almost unplayable now - so this CD is much awaited.

To Family fans - this album continues the logical musical sequence of the Fearless, Bandstand and Its Only A Movie records. It is musically rich and quite complex, and features the usual array of Chappo's favourite characters - Parisian streetwalkers, American GIs, sleazy saddo's, faded beauty queens and vaudevillians. It features some great session musicians including friends from Family & King Crimson (Wetton, Grech, Giles, Collins etc). This is not the raw R&B based material played by the Streetwalkers band - these songs are much more structured and densely arranged. Any the songs are superb - the Chappo/Whitney team were right at the top of their game at the time.

And - here's the sweeping statement of the year - I think this is Chappo's finest hour as a vocalist. We all know and adore Chappo's famous goat roar when he is in full flow - but many songs on this album reveal his ability with a ballad. Of course - Chappo's range is superb, and his handling of softer material is excellent (i.e. Family's My Friend The Sun or Streetwalker's Gypsy Moon or Miller) - but check out Systematic Stealth on this album. Absolutely gorgeous.

Chappo still remains quite enigmatic in the UK, even though he has been around for 40 years.
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the re-issued/repackaged first Streetwalkers album looks to be a shortlived phenomenon judging by the current prices - let's hope there'll be further pressings of this classic album.
i remember the sad news about 73 that Family were disbanding. us fans had been enjoying Only A Movie but the changes to the band lineup and sound put that release a star short of the masterpieces that were Fearless and Bandstand. What next we thought?
well, only a year later and, with a little help from their friends, Chappo and Charlie rediscovered their mojo with this.
All the elements of a classic family album
- chappo's powerful but expressive vocals
- charlie's myriad guitar style mastery
- strong compositions
- intelligent lyrics
- creative instrumental contributions from exceptional musicians eg wetton, hinckley, grech, collins, middleton and others
there's not a dull track among them -
3.Sue & Betty Jean
4.Call Ya
5.Just 4 Men
6.Tokyo Rose
7.Creature Feature
8.Parisienne High Heels
9.Systematic Stealth
10.Showbiz Joe
it's mainly soulful r'n'b ballads in essence but with wonderful influences from rock and blues but each song tells its own story. Chappo has always written great dramatic story songs - Weaver's Answer, Glove, Broke My Nose, etc and here he introduces a whoole new cast of sympathetic characters in life's rich pageant - eg an odd job man who's "so ugly he'd knock the caps off your teeth".
lyrically it's top notch - the tight internal rhyming of Hangman, the humour of Tokyo Rose, the noir Creature feature
it's streetwise music and a damn shame that it didn't reach more ears.
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I agree with the other reviewer here, Family and Chappo himself never got the recognition they deserved and I was delighted to see this CD released - although I could easily have missed the fact as it has a different cover and different name. Roger, you annoyed me doing that; it was very self indulgent, especially changing the order of the tracks - you see, in my head they go from one to another in a well ordered manner that was imprinted in my brain a very very long time ago.
So anyway, I imported it into my IPhone - I changed the title back to Streetwalkers, the artists back to Chapman Whitney, sourced the original cover art and finally changed the order of play back to the original. Now I can hide the CD away where it won't disturb me and relive the album as I remember it.
By the way... it's a fantastic album as was pretty much anything with RC in it.
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Fave tracks Tokyo Rose and Hangman, oh and Call ya
Real music by real musicians, what's not to love? Family and Streetwalkers were part of the soundtrack to my life. Thanks lads.
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HASH(0x8dbe3d44) out of 5 stars What's with the reordering? 28 Oct. 2010
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This disc would be perfect if they hadn't decided to reorder the tracks to "band preference", and in the process, faded the end of 'Tokyo Rose' so that the end is botched as far as the gapless last 3 tracks found on the vinyl go. I put the tracks back in the original positions, "unfading" the altered track as best as possible, and came close to restoring the end as it was and should be for the vinyl owners.

I suppose "the band" can and did have it their way in the end, but the fans count, too. You don't come back after 36 years and decide for the fans waiting for your reissue that "Stairway To Heaven" is 1st on the A side. Minds remember it as it was, not as the band might have imagined. And, yeah - the gapless tracks were groundbreaking art on the part of the engineers. That's all that kept it from getting 5 stars.

Otherwise, the remaster sparkles and the sound is head and shoulders over what I expected. If you've been missing this from your Chappo collection, you are now rewarded. It's an absolute must for the collector. I feel that the sound is superior to any remaster I have heard of later Streetwalkers material.
HASH(0xa83004a4) out of 5 stars Chapman-Whitney Streetwalkers was the Start of Round Two for Family 12 April 2015
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I became a fan of Family at the time "Fearless" came out and was someone sad that the band called it quits come two albums later with 1973's "It's Only a Movie." I always thought they deserved far better but when bands suffer from bad management, it takes a toll as well as do frequent personnel changes. I know that Roger Chapman once said that they considered moving on but since the Faces with Rod Stewart had the drinking, good-time rock-and-roll wrapped up, the band would go its separate ways and reform. Unfortunately for Family, the Faces broke up a couple years later but in place of Family, we got a reunited Chapman-Charlie Whitney in this, their first 'solo' album. This would lead to three more studio releases and several live CD's, which was good for all fans. Chapman-Whitney compositions were always unique, great music that at the time certainly deserved a wider audience, having bought this CD originally on LP, I played it until it practically wore out. Each song is unique, the vocals top-notch, the musicianship superb, this is an album that I highly recommend to everyone who came to rock-and-roll music when I did, back in 1967 at age 10 listening to KHJ Radio out of Los Angeles, California, the range of music was so amazing that I became a lifelong fan of the 1960-s-1970's rock scene, having seen most every band of the times. Unfortunately, I missed both Family and Streetwalkers but still have their albums to enjoy. If you want a so-called 'blast from the past' that is as good if not better than the crap we have today, then this is the CD for you. The second album would see the one-and-only Bob Tench join the mix, which has to have been one of the great vocal duos of all time, Chapman-Tench. If you want to get in on the ground floor, BUY this album now!
HASH(0xa8300540) out of 5 stars one of my favorite albums. good to have it without the scratches 17 Jun. 2015
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one of my favorite albums. good to have it without the scratches. on my vinyl copy it is not called First Cut just Streetwalkers by Chapman-Whitney
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