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4 stars One of the most underrated bands from the old school, strange because they've done some incredible albums in the late '60 and early '70's. They never reached the vame like others bands from that period, trying to survive in the shadow of big names, they are not even in the same pantheon with Van Der Graaf Generator, it's a shame. With all that they recorded at least 4 classics (first 4) and essential albums for every serious listner. One of them is Anyway, this album is one of my favourite albums of all time. Explaining why, because i really love the voice of Roger Chapman, his unique way and manner of interpretation. This album is divided in two the first 4 pieces are recorded live in 1970 at Fairfield Halls and the second haf in Olympic Studios same year. Family never recorded a full live album even though the main force of the band was its live performance with vocalist Chapman as one of the wildest frontman around, so they did a mixt album of studio/live. The pieces are unique to me, and give me goose bumps every time i listen to this band and specially this album. The best pieces are Holding the compass, Willow tree, Strange band and Part of the load. So a big 4 stars for this one, essential to my collection and maybe for some of you. Many of the conoseurs of prog stay away from this band because of Roger Chapman's voice, strange but very unique. And the cover is a damn good one and among the finest i ever saw in prog, good chooice, is entitled Mortars with Explosive Projectiles by Leonardo Da Vinci. Recommended.
b_olariu | 4/5 |


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