Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Music in a Doll's House
Genres: Rock, Classic Rock
Reissue of the British prog rock group's acclaimed debutalbum from 1968, digitally remastered from the originalstudio tapes using Sony's 20 bit Super Mapping System. DaveMason produced the record, which contains 15 tracks.... more »
Reissue of the British prog rock group's acclaimed debutalbum from 1968, digitally remastered from the originalstudio tapes using Sony's 20 bit Super Mapping System. DaveMason produced the record, which contains 15 tracks. Alsocontains the original cover
A Very '60's Masterpiece
Michael Strom | Chicago, IL USA | 04/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This may have actually been a concept album. The concept would have been "We're doing drugs and, although we like them, they are really confusing us." Music In a Doll's House is a raging slab of psychedelia run through a blender. It is an astonishing piece of work filled with paranoia, minor keys, and snippets of themes that recur in drastically altered forms listed as "Variations On A Theme of ..." Acid flashbacks, perhaps. This would all be so much hippie marginalia but for the fact that Family's musicianship, songwriting and vision were incomparable. Although unmistakably a product of the "60's, Music In A Doll's House doesn't sound retro -- it still sounds visionary. This album would sound cutting-edge-original if it were released today, tomorrow or in 2001. There is nothing else like it, and probably never will be. Family never attempted to repeat this, although one could say the same of any other album they released."
Trip the Light Fantastic
loce_the_wizard | Lilburn, GA USA | 05/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Sometimes you need to go back and experience what was to wonder what could have been. No other debut album from a band can match the force of this one from Family, and for more than 30 years, this work has remained a testimony to what rock music should be about: creative, mind-bending, pulsing, twisting, strange, engaging, and even failing. The CD is full of gems, but the crowning glory may be "Old Songs, New Songs." Chappo's unearthly delivery of the main vocals contrasted with the falsetto of reedman Jim King's vocal on the chorus could stop traffic. Charlie Whitney offers up one of the coolest wah-wah pedal-powered solos toward the last minute of the song against the rock solid drums of the great Rob Townsend and the bass line of the late Rick Grech. Be warned, however, if you cut your teeth on what has been on commercial FM radio for the past 20 years, you may experience osmotic shock when listening to Family. Had Family achieved the popularity it so deserved, then maybe today folks would know that the first and best rock band to ever feature violin, saxophone, guitar, bass, drums, and vocals may very well have been Family, not the Dave Matthews Band."