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At The BBC

“there was no more innovative group at the time, nobody bettered Family for imaginatively corralling pop, rock, folk, R’n’B and jazz.” UNCUT

Growing out of the R&B boom of the early 60s, Family’s sound evolved into a unique mix of blues, folk, jazz, psychedelia and high energy rock’n’roll built around the distinctive vocals of frontman Roger Chapman, Charlie Whitney’s innovative guitar playing and Rob Townsend’s intelligent drumming.

At the BBC is the most comprehensive release of Family’s recordings for the BBC, featuring seven CDs containing tracks beginning with their first session for “Top Gear” on 26th November 1967 and running up until their last session with John Peel on 22nd May 1973. The eighth disc is a DVD of nine live tracks from iconic BBC shows including “Top of the Pops” & “The Old Grey Whistle Test” and a rare performance on ITV’s “Doing Their Thing”.

This book set boasts 20 previously unreleased recordings including new versions of “Scene Through The Eye Of A Lense”, “Old Songs New Songs” and “The Weaver’s Answer”. All CD audio has been newly remastered for this release.

Also included in the 48 pages of this deluxe hardback book are John Peel’s now legendary interviews, introductions and anecdotes, new liner notes, a rare poster replica promoting Family Entertainment and rare photographs including shots from the lens of Michael Putland & Jill Furmanovsky. At the BBC is presented in a deluxe hardboard slipcase.
“They’ve got a fantastic blend of sound, the best I’ve heard in a long time.” John Lennon
Roger Chapman is, without doubt, one of the all-time great lead vocalists.” Bob Harris

At The BBC

At The BBC is a 3 cd/1 dvd box set featuring all of Todd Rundgren’s BBC radio and television appearances between 1972 and 1982.

Remastered from the BBC master tapes, the set includes 30 unreleased performances, including two songs from the 1982 Old Grey Whistle Test performance that weren’t broadcast.

The years covered on this three-CD/one-DVD set are the peak years of Todd Rundgren’s stardom, when he was not only touring on his own but with his often bizarre arena-prog outfit Utopia.  “Todd Rundgren at the BBC” tips heavily in favor of the Utopia period, with two of its CDs devoted to a BBC Radio One In Concert sessions from 1975 and 1977, while the DVD contains two Old Grey Whistle Test appearances with the band. There is some solo Todd, though, including a lengthy Old Grey Whistle Test from 1982 (several songs here were originally not broadcast) but the most interesting thing here is the earliest material, a BBC Radio One In Concert from 1972 that captures Todd alone at the piano. He’s joshing with the audience, particularly on “Piss Aaron,” where he spends time discussing the verses at length, and he takes the piss out of “Be Nice to Me,” claiming it’s a silly song. Silliness can be heard elsewhere, including a broadly campy version of “Something’s Coming” from West Side Story, and that helps lighten a load that winds up getting slightly leaden due to the long stretches of Utopia at their densest. This era of Todd remains divisive — some love it, while others will never warm to it — and that keeps this set from being a must for fanatics, yet there’s no denying that there’s plenty of endearing, enduring eccentricity from one of pop’s great madmen to be heard.