| March 1969|
A Song for Me
| Rock music, Progressive rock, Psychedelic rock, Art rock, Folk rock|
Music in a Doll's House, A Song for Me, It's Only a Movie, Bandstand, Old Songs New Songs
Family Entertainment is the second album by the British progressive rock band Family, released in March 1969. The cover of the album was a takeoff from the sleeve of the Doors' second album, Strange Days, as Family admitted.
The album was released on Reprise Records (RSLP6340) in stereo pressings, no mono pressings are known, in the USA, England and Germany. Initial UK pressings came with a black and white poster/lyric sheet inside. Original inner bags were the gold-on-white 'Egyptian' poly-lined Reprise house bags. The band were on tour in America and their manager hastily mixed and released the album without their approval. This proved to be the end of their relationship with manager John Gilbert (who retained the rights to the album via his Dukeslodge production deal which, by now, was registered in the Bahamas, the address of which was proudly printed on the album sleeve).
String arrangements were by Tony Cox, played by the Heavenly Strings, Nicky Hopkins played piano on some tracks. Famed illustrator Alan Aldridge was the album designer with photos taken by Rodger Phillips.
Family Entertainment was the last album from the group's original lineup.
Family's momentum was almost derailed by the departure of bassist Ric Grech for Blind Faith two months after Family Entertainment's UK release, which caused their first U.S. tour to founder, and Jim King only worsened the situation with his departure later in 1969.
All selections are by Roger Chapman and John "Charlie" Whitney except where noted.Family
Roger Chapman: lead (1, 3, 5, 7-9, 11) and backing vocals, percussion
John "Charlie" Whitney: guitars, organ, piano
Jim King: saxophone, backing and lead (2) vocals, piano
Ric Grech: bass, backing and lead (6, 10) vocals, violin
Rob Townsend: drums, percussion
Nicky Hopkins: piano
Highest chart position (UK) - #6
Highest chart position (U.S.) - did not chart
1The Weaver's Answer4:57Family Entertainment Wikipedia
2Observations From a Hill3:12
3Hung Up Down3:12