FAMILY – ” Anyway ” 2 Cd Set Reissue

Posted: March 11, 2023 in MUSIC

Leicester rock band Family’s 1970 album “Anyway” will be reissued as an expanded 2CD set next month.

Featuring vocalist Roger Chapman, guitarist John ‘Charlie’ Whitney, drummer Rob Townsend, bassist and violinist John Weider and multi-instrumentalist John ‘Poli’ Palmer on vibes, keyboards and flute, “Anyway” comprised a side of live recordings made at The Fairfield Hall in Croydon in July 1970 and a side of studio tracks recorded at Olympic Studios in the late summer.

Family were always a fine live act, and the performances of songs such as ‘Good News Bad News’, ‘Holding the Compass’ and ‘Strange Band’ showed the band at the peak of their powers on stage. The album’s studio tracks were equally fine, with ‘Part of the Load’, ‘Anyway’ and ‘Lives and Ladies’ being fine examples of the diversity of the band’s music.

The group’s fourth album reached number seven in the UK album charts at the time and has been remastered from the original tapes. It features 16 bonus tracks drawn from singles and BBC radio sessions and comes with a booklet with a new essay.

“Anyway” is reissued on 28th April 2023, via Esoteric Recordings.

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