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IT'S ONLY A MOVIE

Family

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Studio Album, released in 1973

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. It's Only A Movie (5:06)
2. Leroy (5:39)
3. Buffet Tea For Two (5:20)
4. Boom Bang (3:01)
5. Boots 'N Roots (5:00)
6. Banger (3:05)
7. Sweet Desiree (3:40)
8. Suspicion (3:21)
9. Check Out (4:29)

Total time 38:41

Bonus track on 1989 CD release:
10. Hometown (3:09)

Bonus tracks on 1997 reissue:
10. Stop This Car (B-side to Boom Bang)]
11. Drink To You (B-side to Sweet Desiree)]

Bonus tracks on 2003 reissue:
10. Hometown (3:09)
11. Holding the Compass (Live) (2:21)
12. Weaver's Answer (Live) (4:48)
13. Dim (Live) (1:19)
14. Procession/No Mule's Fool (Live) (4:45)

Line-up / Musicians

- Roger Chapman / lead vocals
- John 'Charlie' Whitney / guitar, banjo
- Tony Ashton/ keyboards, vocals
- Jim Cregan/ bass
- Rob Townsend / drums, percussion

With:
- Del Newman / string & horn (5) arranger
- Peter Hope-Evans / harmonica (2)

Releases information

Artwork: John Kosh based on a 1919 movie frame with actor William Farnum

LP Raft Records ‎- RA 58501 (1973, UK)

CD Mainline Records ‎- MLCD 9.00824 L (1989, Germany) With a bonus track
CD Castle Communications ‎- ESM CD 566 (1997, UK) With 2 bonus tracks
CD Mystic Records - MYS CD 174 (2003, UK) With 5 bonus tracks

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FAMILY It's Only A Movie ratings distribution


2.32
(51 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(4%)
4%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(22%)
22%
Good, but non-essential (31%)
31%
Collectors/fans only (31%)
31%
Poor. Only for completionists (12%)
12%

FAMILY It's Only A Movie reviews


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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
2 stars Way overrated and the "album de trop" if you ask me, this lacklustre collection of songs is really the end. Thank them for not over-stretching their welcome/ they understood that they were a spent force and gracefully bowed out. Impeccable recording career up to now, this was the only flawed album. The live album is posthumous.

For family completist, this little brother is worthy of being in your collection.

Review by ZowieZiggy
PROG REVIEWER
1 stars The last Family album features very few fine moments. One of these is the 10CC oriented title track. It really sounds as if it were coming out of the head of Godley & Creme, or Goldman & Stewart if you prefer. It features lots of inventive background sounds and displays a very positive mood. A fine opener to be honest.

But there won't be many songs like this. The painful and country Leroy is probably one of their weakest ever. Chapman is also more discreet in his vocal parts; he sounds more as an unplugged goat (in comparison with the his nickname: the electric goat). Even if he is excellent again during Buffet For Two (but heavy orchestrations were not needed IMO).

Actually, he seemed to have been connected to a plug again during Boom Bang. A song with no beat during the verses and which only shines thanks to Roger.

The inspiration sounds completely out of steam for this album, inexistent during Boots 'n' Roots: some sort of a cabaret song. This album has not much to offer, I'm afraid. Little rock, little prog, little avant- garde. Nothing great is left in this case.

The Banger bluesy instrumental affair is hard to bear. But in these cases, you know what to do. The only problem is only that the next songs aren't worth either.

Family was an original band, which is maybe the reason they are featured on this site, but never truly progressive. This work should just be best forgotten. One star.

Review by ClemofNazareth
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk Researcher
2 stars Jim Cregan of Blossom Toes and the late Tony Ashton rounded out a rather long list of musicians who wandered through the Family turnstile at one time or another, and became part of the lineup that would disband shortly after this album released. This isn't as bad an album as the rap it's given would leave you to believe, but by the same token there's not a whole lot to remind me of some of their better days either.

"Buffet Tea for Two", despite the cheesy title, has some great piano and percussion (not to mention at least a couple of uncredited instruments), and the opening title track has the feel of what was coming to be known as "art rock" at the time. The band even manages to take a stab at dirty R&B with "Sweet Desiree" and what can only be described as cowboy country blues with the completely out-of-place "Stop This Car" including a muddled attempt at slide guitar that I'm pretty sure was delivered with a Gibson and a beer bottle. So some creativity I suppose considering they really weren't that kind of band, but in this record is mostly a total mishmash of sounds with no cohesive theme, rhyme or reason.

The cowboy photo on the cover is appropriate given the salty, almost redneck sound of most of the rest of the album, including the aptly-named "Boots N' Roots" and the closing "Check Out", which sounds like a jam session and appropriately fades away to signal an end to the album and to the band.

Not much else to say really. This was a very good band in their heyday, but changing times and a revolving lineup combined to make them irrelevant as the mid-70s gave way to the early vestiges of disco and punk. They called it quits after this record, followed of course by the inevitable 'lost' live releases and white-label compilations. Really for collectors only, although probably a little too good for the two stars I'm going to lay on it (but not by much).

peace

Latest members reviews

4 stars Although the Family catalog has its ups and downs, their final studio album turned out to be one of the group's better offerings. The title track, with its tongue-in-cheek humor courtesy of Roger Chapman, is one of the many highlights. "Buffet Tea for Two" is another stand out track with its jazzy ... (read more)

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