Best Family Album On Earth

Unquestionably one of the most distinctive progressive rock acts of the late 60s and early 70s, this UK group left behind an impressive catalogue that delineated a natural progression from art rock experimentalists to straightforward if quirky rock group. Formed from the ashes of the Leicester-based R&B covers band The Farinas, the burgeoning musical qualities of the members soon saw them outstripping their early influences. Their 1968 debut album was a remarkable album, mixing complex time structures and rather far-fetched lyrics with the gritty dynamics of lead singer Roger Chapman's vocals. Although Family achieved several hit singles during its career, the unit was never really a mainstream group and is best remembered for a string of excellent albums. The group reached the peak of its popularity with the album Bandstand (1972) and biggest hit single, the rollicking Burlesque. Constant line-up changes and growing tension between the main songwriters spelled the end for the group following the release of the disappointing It's Only A Movie (1973), although Chapman and Charlie Whitney regrouped in the Streetwalkers. Hugely underrated and surely awaiting discovery from a new generation of intelligent music lovers.

Followers: Jethro Tull, Peter Gabriel, Camel

Influenced By: Little Richard, Ray Charles, The Beatles, Chuck Berry

Music, Rock

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