A new 2 CD compilation, History, will be released October 28th, 2013 via Madfish/Snapper. This would be the first ‘best of’ package featuring the newly remastered recordings from original master tapes first released via the limited edition box set, Once Upon A Time. Presented in a deluxe digi-pack and featuring period photos and sleeve notes, History collects tracks from throughout the band’s career to offer a perfect introduction to a fascinating band.
Also, on November 18th, A Song For Me gets reissued both on CD and 180g vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.
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