Family Music in a Doll's House
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- Released: June 23, 2003
- Originally Released: 1968
- Label: Pucka Italy
Rolling Stone - 12/7/68, p.27"...Family are good, versatile musicians....the production and engineering, especially the re-mixing, is really excellent. The use of stereo is especially good....[MUSIC IN A DOLL'S HOUSE] is artfully done, with great care..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 3/01, p.53"...Embraces psychedelia and progressive rock without being constrained by either....[Their] musical confidence is apparent right from the opening bars of 'The Chase'....An audacious debut. God bless them and their mule..."
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MUSIC IN A DOLL'S HOUSE is the 1968 debut of U.K. prog rockers Family.
Personnel: Rick Grech (vocals, violin, cello, bass guitar); Jim King (vocals, harmonica, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, keyboards); Roger Chapman (vocals, harmonica, tenor saxophone); John "Charlie" Whitney (guitar, steel guitar, keyboards); Tubby Hayes (horns); Dave Mason (keyboards); Rob Townsend (drums, percussion).
Liner Note Author: Roger Dopson.
Recording information: Olympic Studios, London, England (1968).
Arranger: Mike Batt.
From the opening Jim King falsetto on "The Chase" to the quirky "God Save The Queen" ending, MUSIC IN A DOLL'S HOUSE never flags. In 1968 King's saxophone and Ric Grech's violin were imaginative additions to the standard band profile, and their playing was skin-tight. With the strangled vibrato of Roger Chapman's vocals--still one of rock's most astonishing performers--Family created a power that has rarely been matched. "Old Songs New Songs" is a great rocker in anyone's book (why fade it in mid-flight?), and "Voyage" presents a classic slice of psychedelia. Over-produced (by Dave Mason) it may be, but as a debut album there are few equals of its time.
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