Family Fearless (2-CD)
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- Released: August 16, 2011
- Originally Released: 1971
- Label: Snapper Classics UK
Rolling Stone - 3/30/72, p.54"...Despair contends everywhere with the album's dominant themes of hope and endurance...arrangements reminiscient of vintage Family and early Traffic, but still retain a fresh, inventive flair of their own..."
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Personnel: John Wetton (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Roger Chapman (vocals, guitar, percussion); Charlie Whitney (guitar, mandolin, percussion); John "Poli" Palmer (flute, keyboards, percussion); Ladbroke Horns (brass); Rob Townsend (drums, percussion).
Liner Note Author: Pete Feenstra.
Recording information: Olympic, London.
Although Family never received commercial success, their standing as a premier late 60s prog rock band is still considerable. Their blistering live shows revolved around the manic Roger Chapman, who in addition to pelting the audience with tambourines, had the most incredible vibrato and vocal range. FEARLESS maintained the quality songs that Chapman and Charlie Whitney had developed over the previous four albums, and all were sung with passion and subtle humour. The odd man out here is the beautiful "Larf And Sing," written by violinist Polly Palmer. Family's worthy catalogue has been sensitively remastered by Castle, and this is an album of hidden depth and character.
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