sábado, 12 de março de 2011

Family - BBC Radio (1968-69 UK Prog Psych Bluesy)

VENENO BOM, RARO E RECOMENDADO!! A BANDA FAMILY TOCANDO NA BBC NA SUA MELHOR FASE!! NA BBC RADIO AS VERSÕES SÃO GRAVADAS NO ESTÚDIO MAS FICAM DIFERENTES DAS ORIGINAIS E AINDA COM UMA VANTAGEM EXTRA, POIS A IMPRESSÃO É DE QUE A BANDA ESTÁ TOCANDO AO VIVO!! NESSE ALBUM OS CARAS TOCAM PRATICAMENTE CANÇÕES DE SEUS TRÊS PRIMEIROS ALBUNS!! VALE A PENA DAR UM TÉKINHO NESSE VENENO!!

This is the first of two volumes containing Family's previously unreleased BBC Radio 1 sessions. Featured here are several versions of tracks never before available on CD. This includes the only official release of their interpretation of the old blues number, 'I Sing Um The Way I Feel'. Covering the period from late 1968 up to mid-1969 these recorded sessions are mastered from the original BBC transcription tapes and feature one of Britain's finest bands playing in the studio, but with an extra edge that is normally only captured at live performances. This album has been compiled with the full help of the band, and the 12 page booklet features several rare photographs from their own archive, plus extensive liner notes and band history.

These 16 tracks are almost wholly composed of BBC versions of songs from Family's first three albums, though one ("Holding the Compass") didn't turn up until their fourth LP; another ("No Mule's Fool") was a 1969 single; and another, "I Sing 'Um the Way I Feel," was a J.B. Lenoir blues tune the band never put on their official records. Some of this material has come out on bootlegs, but the sound on this is notably superior -- it's quite good for a BBC archive release from any era, in fact. And while the arrangements don't differ too drastically from the studio versions, these performances are excellent. There's a bit of a loose live feel, but they demonstrate that the band -- unlike some others of the early progressive rock era -- were capable of re-creating their intricate, disciplined rock-blues-jazz-folk-miscellany interplay in a live setting, without sacrificing any of their gritty energy. Some of these renditions predate the release of the studio versions, sometimes by quite a bit; in the case of "Holding the Compass," in fact, the lyrics would change by the time it made it onto the Anyway album. Some might lament the absence of some particular favorites from their early days; there's no "Hey Mr. Policeman," for example. But really there's nothing to complain about considering the strong selection of songs here, which include such highlights of their early repertoire as "See Through Windows," "Drowned in Wine," the distressingly haunting folk-rockish "The Weaver's Answer," and the wistful "Observations From a Hill." ~ Richie Unterberger

Rick Grech (vocals, violin, cello, bass guitar)
Jim King (vocals, whistle, harmonica, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, piano)
Roger Chapman (vocals, harmonica, tenor saxophone, percussion)
John Weider (guitar, violin, bass guitar)
John Whitney (guitars, sitar, Mellotron, keyboards)
Rob Townsend (drums, percussion).

01. See Through Windows
02. Weaver's Answer
03. Breeze
04. Second Generation Woman
05. Observations from a Hill
06. Dim
07. Holding the Compass
08. Procession
09. How Hi the Li
10. Love Is a Sleeper
11. I Sing 'Um the Way I Feel
12. Song for Me
13. Drowned in Wine
14. Wheels
15. No Mule's Fool
16. Cat and the Rat

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