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Music in a Doll's House

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The non-LP single "Scene Through the Eye of a Lens" b/w "Gypsy Woman" not withstanding, Music in a Doll's House 1968 is the debut full-length release from the earliest incarnation of Family, featuring Roger Chapman harmonica/tenor sax/vocals, Rick Grech violin/ cello/bass guitar/vocals, Rob Townsend percussion/drums, John "Charlie" Whitney guitar/pedal steel guitar/keyboards, and Jim King harmonica/keyboards/soprano sax/tenor sax/vocals. Their highly original sound has often been compared to Traffic, which may be in part due to the production skills of Jimmy Miller and Dave Mason, the latter also contributing the organic and rootsy rocker "Never Like This." Additionally,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The non-LP single "Scene Through the Eye of a Lens" b/w "Gypsy Woman" not withstanding, Music in a Doll's House 1968 is the debut full-length release from the earliest incarnation of Family, featuring Roger Chapman harmonica/tenor sax/vocals, Rick Grech violin/ cello/bass guitar/vocals, Rob Townsend percussion/drums, John "Charlie" Whitney guitar/pedal steel guitar/keyboards, and Jim King harmonica/keyboards/soprano sax/tenor sax/vocals. Their highly original sound has often been compared to Traffic, which may be in part due to the production skills of Jimmy Miller and Dave Mason, the latter also contributing the organic and rootsy rocker "Never Like This." Additionally, neither band was overtly psychedelic or progressive, contrasting them from the other burgeoning combos such as Soft Machine, Pink Floyd, and Caravan. Family's deceptively involved arrangements are coupled with an equally unique blend of Chapman's commanding vocals driving through the jazz and folk-rooted tunes. "The Chase" is a spirited opener that immediately establishes their unmistakable vibe, which is furthered on the sides "Old Songs for New Songs" and the aggressive rocker "Peace of Mind." The antithesis can be heard on the rural-flavored "Mellowing Grey" and "Winter," or perhaps the almost blatantly trippy "See Through Windows." In 1996, See for Miles issued Music in a Doll's House along with Family Entertainment 1969 on a double-disc anthology, including the previously mentioned pre-LP 7" "Scene Through the Eye of a Lens" b/w "Gypsy Woman," both of which have been released on compact disc for the first time here. The package additionally boasts a 40-page booklet and hardback CD jacket, while the audio has been digitally remastered utilizing Super Bit Mapping.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2003
  • Label: Pucka Italy
  • UPC: 827565001026
  • Catalog Number: 701
  • Sales rank: 26,637

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Chase (2:14)
  2. 2 Mellowing Grey (2:48)
  3. 3 Never Like This (2:17)
  4. 4 Me My Friend (2:01)
  5. 5 Variation on a Theme of Hey Mr. Policeman (0:23)
  6. 6 Winter (2:25)
  7. 7 Old Songs for New Songs (4:17)
  8. 8 Variation on a Theme of the Breeze (0:40)
  9. 9 Hey Mr. Policeman (3:13)
  10. 10 See Through Windows (3:43)
  11. 11 Variation on a Theme of Me My Friend (0:22)
  12. 12 Peace of Mind (2:21)
  13. 13 Voyage (3:35)
  14. 14 The Breeze (2:50)
  15. 15 3 X Time (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Family Primary Artist
Dave Mason Keyboards
Tubby Hayes Horn
Roger Chapman Harmonica, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Rick Grech Violin, Cello, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Rob Townsend Percussion, Drums
John "Charlie" Whitney Guitar, Steel Guitar, Keyboards
Jim King Harmonica, Keyboards, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Technical Credits
Dave Mason Producer
Mike Batt Arranger
Jimmy Miller Producer
Eddie Kramer Engineer
Jim Miller Producer
Roger Dopson Liner Notes
George Chiantz Engineer
Julian Cottrell Cover Photo
John Gilbert Executive Producer
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