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Quintessential Rock

One of my all time favourite albums growing up as a rocker. I wore out my LP I played it so much. If you like good rocking music akin to Genesis (old) and Jethro Tull, Joe Cocker, you'll love this album.

Family Stoned

Wow, been waiting for (the) Family stuff. Shows how limited their seminal influence in UK Rock is considered (hence lack of reviews).
This is a great album, although it was their fourth and essentially last (effectively). When I first had it I was subliminally unaware that it was basically a live album (first half live, second studio): always the nature of a burned out/ending band. But it's a great reflection on how good Family was. Bands always regretted having to follow them on gigs.
They were classified with a lot of the contemporary Prog-Rock examples although I never quite got that; listen to vocalist Roger Chapman's warbling vocals; an obvious influence on Peter Gabriel and the like. And, although they did put together some stereotypical, long album tracks, these guys really rocked. Always solid rhythm sections: Rick Grech, John Whetton as example bassists (look at where they went on to!...) But they did have some more multi-instrumentalist/instrumentation to their catalog.
Pity, they really didn't last too long at their height - 1968-70 (this album) - and had already been subject to personnel changes and tour woes (accidental mic throwing at Bill Graham in US!?) and always seemed to be '2nd' to other bands/recordings/producers.
I saw them at the 1969 Rolling Stones Hyde Park concert and they burned the stage down (let alone others appearing with them - a nascent King Crimson no less! They did an equally storming performance at Isle of Wight next year.)
Classic RocknRoll story and talent with a brilliant bunch of music that gratefully doesn't have to suffer the re-packaging and 'Best Hits Vol 11'.

IMHO Family's best

I was playing Germany with a number of progressive rock bands around Erlangen when I first heard this album. Since then I have purchased and lost this album several times but it knocked me out so much that after not having it for a bit I decide to go on a world search to replace it. Again it is back!

When I was playing with Karl Mutschlechner and Heinz Schmidt in a small town called Mechelwind we used to jam for hours going through some titles especially "Part of the load".

I wish I could find them today to say hi and see how they are.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

A blues-based band with art rock inclinations, Family were one of the more interesting groups of hippie-era Britain. Fronted by the deft and frequently excellent guitar playing of John "Charlie" Whitney and the raspy, whiskey-and-cigarette voice of Roger Chapman, Family were much loved in England and Europe but barely achieved cult status in America. While bands like Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, and the Keith Emerson-led Nice (and later Emerson, Lake & Palmer) sold lots of records, Family, who frequently...
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