The bulk of the album was produced by former Traffic member Dave Mason, and recorded at London’s Olympic Studios with engineers Eddie Kramer and George Chkiantz. 18 year old Mike Batt arranged string and brass overdubs, notably on “The Chase”, “Mellowing Grey” and “Old Songs, New Songs” but was uncredited. “Old Songs, New Songs” also included an uncredited tenor sax solo from Tubby Hayes. Alongside Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, The Move, and The Nice, Family quickly became one of the premier attractions on the burgeoning UK psychedelic/progressive “underground” scene. Their lifestyle and exploits during this period provided some of the inspiration for the 1969 novel Groupie by Jenny Fabian (who lived in the group’s Chelsea house for some time) and to Johnny Byrne. Family featured in the book under the pseudonym, ‘Relation’.
The band achieved recognition in the United Kingdom through their albums, club and concert tours, and appearances at … Read More