Family

BBC Live

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This is a live Family concert that was recorded at the beginning of 1973. Though by the end of that year, the group had disbanded, Family left on a high note with a triumphant British tour and the fine IT'S ONLY A MOVIE album. Despite the fact that the group was a great live act (Family's ANYWAY album presented one side of concert material), Family was unable to make any inroads in America and was unable to keep itself afloat.

The songwriting partnership of guitarist John Whitney and singer Roger Chapman (which would continue in the duo's subsequent band, Streetwalkers) was the binding glue of the band and its biggest strength. This set offers bluesy shouters and boozy ballads, flat-out rockers and folkish reveries. The set's one cover is the New Orleans staple "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu," which was a concert staple of the band's at that time. The album was recorded for radio broadcast by the BBC and sounds punchy and full.