Family – Masters From The Vault (DVD)

Classic footages from early 1970s performance from British Proggers FAMILY

Record Collector Magazine feature on the band for March. One of the most respected British progressive rock bands, Family came together in 1967 and created a fine body of work typified by such classic album as Music In A Dolls House and Family Entertainment. The band finally called it a day in 1973 after a revolving line up of musicians such as Ric Grech, John Wetton and Jim Cregan. Throughout it all Family were led by Roger Chapman whose unique vocal style was the cornerstone of Family’s sound. This footage is from a classic early 70s performance. A blues-based band with art rock inclinations, Family were one of the more interesting groups of hippie-era Britain. Fronted by the deft and frequently excellent guitar playing of John "Charlie" Whitney and the raspy, whiskey and cigarette voice of Roger Chapman, Family were much loved in England and Europe but barely achieved cult status in America. While bands like Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, and the Keith Emerson-led Nice (and later Emerson, Lake & Palmer) sold lots of records, Family, who frequently toured with these bands, were left in the shadows, an odd band loved by a small but rabid group of fans.

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