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Once Upon a Time

From 1967 to 1973, a golden age for eccentric British prog-rock, Family were a rare marvel: critically acclaimed and successful, with a run of U.K. hit LPs such as 1970’s A Song for Me and ’71’s Fearless. Fronted by singer Roger Chapman, whose ferocious vibrato suggested Roger Daltrey in fits of Marc Bolan, Family made a rock of shifting textural and dynamic intrigue (acid-laced pop, pastoral balladry and surreal, crushing blues), fully covered in this career-length box. There are outtakes and bonuses across 14 CDs, but this set’s heart is Family’s eight classic LPs. “They did nothing that wasn’t superb,” DJ John Peel once wrote. This is all of it.


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