Roger Chapman

Roger Chapman and Family

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The British band Family were one of the more inventive acts to emerge from 1967's Summer Of Love, with their sound defined as much by singer Roger Chapman's strangulated vocals as by their imaginative arrangements and varied instrumentation. Though their success in the U.S. was limited (they had the misfortune to emerge around the same time as the Charles Manson Family hit the headlines--tour promoters fled in droves), in the U.K. they crossed over from progressive rock to the realms of pop several times, notably with hits such as 1969's "No Mule's Fool," 1971's "In My Own Time," and 1972's "Burlesque." These and other excellent representations of the band's oeuvre are included on this double CD set, which includes a wide variety of choice cuts, from the early, psychedelic "Weaver's Answer" to the later, stone funky "Sweet Desiree."

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