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on 31 January 2005
This is the only live album recorded and released by the group during their short life span. Well, half live album, anyway.
The live tracks were recorded during the 1970 tour with the group trying out versions on the road prior to possible studio recordings.
Chappo is in fine voice for the opener, the hard rocker 'Good News, Bad News.'You can almost sense the tambourine impacting into the face of some unfortunate 'head' in the front row at Fairfield Hall. Other highlights include 'Holding the Compass' which Chappo refers to as 'another busker job' and a hard-edged pre-release live version of the single 'Strange Band.'
The studio side is far from filler and features some sterling songwriting from Chappo and Whitney. Highlights feature the delightfully ramshackled instumental 'Normans', the ode to life on tour 'Part of the Load', the psychy 'Anyway' and reflective 'Lives and Ladies.'
Family had a reputation for being awesome live. 'Anyway' goes some way to explaining why but for absolute proof listen to the later 'Family Live'CD from the 71 Tour.