Discography

 

MUSIC IN A DOLL’S HOUSE
July 1968

‘Loath to put their music into any category, the men of Family make it difficult for anybody else to adequately describe what they are attempting. Constant changes in attitude and approach don’t help, either… Arrangements are imaginative and sparing use is made of studio effects. Standout tracks include ‘Hey Mr. Policeman’, ‘Peace Of Mind’ and ‘Voyage’. A rare group – equally successful on record and in live performances’

– Melody Maker, 10/8/68

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT
February 1969

‘There is not a poor track on this album, which continues the high standard set by their debut… The best tracks are the simplest and most straightforward, like ‘Second Generation Woman’ and ‘Dim’, rather than the more involved and intricate stuff that loses the bite and edge of the first album… Family can be well pleased with this, but it also poses a problem – where do they move from here?’

– Beat Instrumental, April 1969
Family - A Song For Me

A SONG FOR ME
January 1970

‘Their third exciting and highly varied LP trip. The vast instrumentation at the command of these five men is impressive because it is used strategically; they eschew gimmickry. Despite widely publicised change in group personnel, they remain one of the most popular bands in Europe. The album, thoughtfully produced, by the group, has considerable aural impact’

– Record Retailer, 14/2/70

ANYWAY
October 1970

‘Suddenly one of our most popular live bands has crashed through with a magnificent piece of musical togetherness… They are so tight and together that it could be one brain controlling the whole thing. No praise is too high for this band, for which the word ‘progressive’ might have been coined’

– Disc & Music Echo, 14/11/70

OLD SONGS NEW SONGS
March 1971

‘It’s more than just a Best Of. Firstly, because (unlike some hastily thrown together collections) there is a distinctive relationship between music and tracks that holds the album together, and secondly because a good percentage of the material has been remixed and redubbed, in some cases with tracks added; a bargain basement collection from a band few have equalled for excitement and total originality’

– NME, 13/3/71

FEARLESS
October 1971

‘Family’s finest album… With their new bassist John Wetton, one of Britain’s best rock bands has produced a work of complete contrasts. They jolt you with weird harmonies, low-down tubas and spoof songs. Superb’

– Sounds, 6/12/71

BANDSTAND
September 1972

‘Another great album from Family, one of the few bands to maintain a high standard of work despite the fact they’ve yet to make it into the ‘superstar’ category’

– Beat Instrumental, November 1972

IT’S ONLY A MOVIE
September 1973

‘This illustrates their finer points of musicianship – and, conversely, a looseness that relaxes them to the point of becoming excessively repetitive… Chapman has cooled
his vocal ferocity to prove himself a most able singer on some country-flavoured pieces… A testament to the full glory of one of Britain’s leading bands’

– NME, 1/9/73