Following on from its award winning Family box set Once Upon A Time, Snapper Music has created a new box of wonder on its Madfish imprint guaranteed to reinvigorate the reputation of one of the 1970s most underrated and ageless Rock bands.
I’m Walking, Complete Streetwalkers 1974-77 is a gloriously packaged 15 CD collection of Streetwalkers entire catalogue.
Formed from the ashes of Family and featuring the fertile combination of Roger Chapman‘s and Charlie Whitney‘s songwriting, Streetwalker produced 5 albums with 3 different line-ups in just under 3 years. Ditching the quirky subtlety of Family, Streetwalkers aimed for the mainstream with a funky, hard rocking style that acted as an ideal backdrop for Roger Chapman’s unique voice and eclectic lyrics, Charlie Whitney’s innovative blues-inflected guitar style, and the soulful contributions of guitarist/vocalist Bobby Tench.
Containing 15 CDs, including 2 replica CD singles with non-album b-sides, and a 92 page coffee table book with rare and unseen pictures and memorabilia, I’m Walking is a beautifully presented testament to a fondly remembered band.
February 2013 sees the entire Family catalogue come together for the first time in a massive 14 disc box set released by Snapper in the UK. It includes all the bands recorded work plus 2 discs of unreleased material. Containing all of the band’s albums from the career defining late ’60s albums Music In A Doll’s House (now including the exceptional pre-album psych-pop single ‘Scene Through The Eye Of A Lens’/’Gypsy Woman’) and Family Entertainment through 1970’s A Song For Me and Anyway, 1971’s Old Songs New Songs and Fearless, 1972’s Bandstand and 1973’s It’s Only A Movie. The set is further bolstered with a 1971 concert, Family Live (originally released in 2003), and a 2-CD set of unreleased demos and alt takes Once Upon A Time And More – culled from the Anyway, Fearless, Bandstand and It’s Only A Movie album sessions and remastered from original tapes that had lain undisturbed in Roger Chapman’s loft until 2012. This two disc set captures the hitherto unheard work-in-progress of some of Family’s most popular tracks along with priceless in-studio banter. Finally three singles from 1971 and 1973 are also duplicated in CD single format, all housed in their original artwork. Then there’s that super hard back book penned by Family website master Pete Feenstra and a separate magazine styled recreation of a contemporary music weekly featuring historic articles and reviews. Further still, each box comes with a hand signed certificate of authenticity from Roger Chapman himself.
THE BONUS DISCS: ONCE UPON A TIME AND MORE
Once Upon A Time And More is a selection of unreleased demo recordings and alternate takes culled from the Anyway, Fearless, Bandstand and It’s Only A Movie album sessions. Remastered from original tapes that had lain undisturbed in Roger Chapman’s loft until 2012, this two disc set captures the hitherto unheard work-in-progress of some of Family’s most popular tracks along with in-studio banter.
1. Part Of The Load [backing track] 2. Lives And Ladies [instrumental] 3. Sat’d’y Barfly [instrumental – no horn] 4. Sat’d’y Barfly [instrumental #1 – guide track, no horn studio chatter] 5. Sat’d’y Barfly [instrumental #2 – guide track, more studio chatter] 6. Studio Chat #1 7. Studio Chat #2 8. Spanish Tide [instrumental #1] 9. Spanish Tide [instrumental #2] 10. Spanish Tide [instrumental #3] 11. Spanish Tide [with spoken intro] 12. Spanish Tide [instrumental #4]
1. Burlesque [instrumental] 2. Bolero Babe [rough mix] 3. My Friend The Sun [instrumental – part vocal] 4. My Friend The Sun [guide track #1 – part vocal] 5. My Friend The Sun [guide track #2 – part vocal] 6. Ready To Go [alternate take #1] 7. Ready To Go [alternate take #2] 8. Ready To Go [alternate take #3] 9. Top Of The Hill [alternate take] 10. Boom Bang [instrumental – part vocal] 11. Suspicion [no brass] 12. Check Out [instrumental] 13. Stop This Car [alternate version of B-Side to Boom Bang]
Disc 1, tracks 1 & 2 from the ANYWAY sessions Disc 1, Tracks Disc 1 3-12 from the FEARLESS sessions Tracks Disc 2 1-9 from the BANDSTAND sessions Tracks Disc 2 10-13 from the IT’S ONLY A MOVIE sessions