FAMILY The Best of Family & Friends
For folks who have
never heard the band before, this is an excellent strating point...For
Family fans, the DVD will probably be the reason to pick up this set.
www.lmnop.com (March 2008)
...as a new
compilation confirms, it is difficult to pigeonhole Family into a
category. Burlesque is a bluesy rocker, It's Only A Movie is a poppy
nugget and My Friend The Sun is a gentle thing.
Steve Pumfrey, Leicester Mercury (February 2008)
...a solid enough
collection of songs from this unique band...The DVD portion of this
release is the most interesting part...16 tracks of enormously
Rock Advice (
), March 2008
...although not career-spanning, Best Of ignores the band's earliest
releases picking up the Family story with 'The Weaver's Answer', from
the group's sophomore set. the british Top 10 charting Entertainment.
All four of the band's British hit singles are included, with every one
of the band's other albums represented within.
Between the grand music on the CD and the steaming show on the DVD, this
Best Of more than lives up to its billing.
...the overall package
is real value for money and the music is superb throughout.
Classic Rock Society,
Uncategorisable is the
best word to categorise this band. Very English but with Americana in
its core, from 1968 to 1973 Roger Chapman's ensemble moved from cozy yet
spooky surroundings of "Music In A Doll's House" to the Western-like
panorama of "It's Only A Movie" taking in every possible genre thread
in-between. The title track of the latter album could be as fitting
entry point to this collection as is funky "Burlesque" which hangs on
another fine word to depict the FAMILY oeuvre.
Idiosyncratic most of it may be and Chappo's earth-splitting vibrato
isn't to everyone's taste, yet all of this feels strangely alluring. In
the absense of the debut LP's tracks, the folky buzz of "Larf And Sing"
soothes the glide, while their greatest hit, "The Weaver's Answer", and
the live rendition of "Strange Band" come as the most hard rocking
beasts with a progressive twist in their hypnotic tales. This bunch of
lads had no rivals when it came to flying off on a stylistic tangent,
and flying away with them - there's a promise in the hooks of "Ready To
Go" and "In My Own Time"- still looks like a riveting adventure.
But "Family & Friends" is a bit misleading title, as there's not a song
from Roger Chapman's subsequent illustrious career - but this is made up
for with a bonus DVD.
This single CD and DVD
is excellent value for money...It's amazing just how good some of these
songs sound four decades since the band's demise...Chapman fans will no
doubt be pleased with this lovingly compiled set.
www.getreadytorock.com (March 2008)
The bleat may
occasionally grind to a croak but Chappo can still abuse hecklers as
effectively as he abuses his larynx.
Classic Rock (June 2008)
...Family's forceful personality springs eternal...
Uncut (June 2008)
...an audio CD of
Family's most popular numbers with a DVD...underline the enduring appeal
of the quirkily memorable material that family created during their
heyday in the early seventies.
Kevin Bryan, Stirling
Advertiser (May 2008)
memorial to Family…a well-choen gathering of album cuts to remind us
just what a phenomenal and phenomenally eclectic - outfit the band was.
Jo-Ann-Greene, Goldmine (May 2008)
amalgamation of blues, progressive rock and folk-style instrumentation
makes for an intriguing...sound
Melodic rock played by
professionals, solid, classy and earthy enough to win some new fans if
the time's taken to listen...
Amplifier, Issue 99
...the enduring appeal
of the quirkily memorable material that Family created during their
heyday in the early seventies...
Kevin Bryan, Stirling