Family - A Song For Me (expanded) (special)

SKU 23-MYSTIC 170
This is the 2003 version that includes their non-lp single No Mule's Fool/Good Friend Of Mine, as well as 4 bonus live tracks! How to explain Family's 3rd album (1970) 30 years later? Take a idiosyncratic vocalist, who, like Peter Hammill or Don Van Vliet you either grow to love or hate (Roger Chapman) combine his talents with a standard guitar-led rock format, but add a multi-instrumentalist who plays vibes/piano/flute, a bassist who plays violin, and have the guitarist add banjo at the right times. Stir this wild and creative mix of hard rock and and folk and shake it all up with a lot of thought and experimentation, while still keeping it a 'song format' based album with almost all of the songs being well under 5 minutes, and you have this great album! The band were always just on the cusp of making it big (and they were beloved in UK and critical favorites in the USA), but it never really happened for them. Maybe they were just too idiosyncratic and wacky. Over the last few years I've gotten extremely fond of this band and especially of Chapman, but it's an acquired taste for sure, so this is conditionally but also highly recommended!



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