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***FINAL COPIES***

Once Upon A Time is the definitive last word on Family. A long-awaited 14 disc box set that collects the band's entire back catalogue for the first time.

This strictly limited edition set was compiled with the full cooperation of Roger Chapman and each copy includes a numbered certificate of authenticity signed individually by Roger himself

The set includes all the band's officially released work plus 2 discs of previously unreleased material featuring out-takes and alternative versions.

The impressive package contains a comprehensive 72 page hardback book and a host of extras.

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* 14 Disc set strictly limited to 2,000 numbered copies
* 72 page hardback book tracing the history of Family featuring many previously unseen photos & memorabilia reproductions
* 8 Original Albums in mini LP Japanese Style gatefold sleeves (6 re-mastered from recently discovered master tapes)
* 2 CDs of previously unreleased alternative versions and rarities
* 3 CD singles reproduced in original picture sleeves
* Live Disc capturing the band on the Fearless tour in 1971
* Numbered Certificate of Authenticity signed by Roger Chapman
* Recreation of a contemporary music weekly featuring historic articles spanning the band's career

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We all love a decent career spanning box set don't we?

Not a shoddy 4-CD anthology in a digipak but 14 CDs housed in an actual BOX along with a delightfully designed 72 page hardback book, individually numbered, strictly limited and signed by the lead singer.

Snapper Music have blazed the trail for Limited Edition Collector's Box Sets since lifting off with the incredibly well received (and instant sell out) Sign Of The 3 Eyed Men, the mammoth 13th Floor Elevators' box set (and its vinyl set counterpart Music Of The Spheres, which won the coveted AIM 2012 award for Special Catalogue Release). Once Upon A Time looks set to do the same for Leicester's incendiary underground faves Family; mastered, packaged and produced to the exact same high standards that have become Snapper's hallmark.

Family's 1968 masterpiece Music In A Doll's House is certainly one of the finest debut albums ever released. Produced by Traffic's Dave Mason and the legendary Jimmy Miller (The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, The Rolling Stones) the Leicester lads combined Mellotron, strings and violin with the more standard harmonicas, saxes and acoustic and electric guitar - including ferocious, acidic fuzztone blasts from the almighty John Whitney - to create a unique and scintillating brew which they would continue building on throughout their short yet varied career, taking clear forays into mellow rustic pop, unhinged funk and cerebral heaviness; all sounding like Family marked by the most un rock star front man in history: Roger Chapman.

The sexualised performances of the Stones and Led Zep may have eclipsed Family, as did the prog rock giants with their light shows and theatricality, but the eccentric stagecraft of Roger Chapman and the immense, never predictable skill of the band resonate louder than ever. Family were certainly one of the very first underground rock groups who combined folk, blues, jazz and other disparate influences, focusing on albums as an art form rather than a sales pitch for singles. Yet they were never engulfed by pomposity. Gentle tunes like My Friend The Sun to this day, sound adorable on lunchtime radio, as timeless as the shifting of summer into autumn whilst elsewhere Family can rock hard with the best of them or throw surreal curve balls at the blues in a manner that rivals Captain Beefheart.

Containing all of the band’s albums from the career defining late ’60s albums Music In A Doll’s House (now including the exceptional pre-album psych-pop single ‘Scene Through The Eye Of A Lens’/’Gypsy Woman’) and Family Entertainment through 1970’s A Song For Me and Anyway, 1971’s Old Songs New Songs and Fearless, 1972’s Bandstand and 1973’s It’s Only A Movie. The set is further bolstered with a 1971 concert, Family Live (originally released in 2003), and a 2-CD set of unreleased demos and alt takes Once Upon A Time And More – culled from the Anyway, Fearless, Bandstand and It’s Only A Movie album sessions and remastered from original tapes that had lain undisturbed in Roger Chapman’s loft until 2012. This two disc set captures the hitherto unheard work-in-progress of some of Family’s most popular tracks along with priceless in-studio banter. Finally three singles from 1971 and 1973 are also duplicated in CD single format, all housed in their original artwork. Then there’s that super hard back book penned by Family website master Pete Feenstra and a separate magazine styled recreation of a contemporary music weekly featuring historic articles and reviews. Further still, each box comes with a hand signed certificate of authenticity from Roger Chapman himself.

Totally schizophrenic, playful and at times intimidating. It's all here.

Once Upon A Time is the definitive last word on Family, WINNERS OF THE 2012 CLASSIC ROCK ‘SPIRIT OF PROG AWARD.

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"...a definitive portrait of this sprawling, misunderstood but highly rewarding band... ...a very fine monument to a strange band" - MOJO, March 2013 issue

"The Family Jewels.... ...a mammoth set includes each album, plus bonus CDs of outtakes and alternative versions, 72 page hardback book, magazine replica and even certificate of authenticity signed by Chapman himself... ...Family deserve to cement their hefty contribution with such a composite artefact." - RECORD COLLECTOR (Four Stars) February 2013 issue

‘Once Upon a Time is an all encompassing expression of unconditional love. Intriguing and a bit wonderful’ – SHINDIG

‘A stupendous 14-disc box-set’ – THE INDEPENDENT *****

‘..using original master tapes, it’s why fans will want this substantial boxset…..there was no more innovative group at the time, nobody bettered Family for imaginatively corralling pop, rock, folk, R’n’B and jazz. ’ UNCUT



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FAMILY: Once Upon A Time

MUSIC IN A DOLL'S HOUSE (1968):

1. The Chase
2. Mellowing Grey
3. Never Like This
4. Me My Friend
5. Variation On A Theme Of Hey Mr. Policeman
6. Winter
7. Old Songs For New Songs
8. Variation On A Theme Of The Breeze
9. Hey Mr. Policeman
10. See Through Windows
11. Variation On A Theme Of Me My Friend
12. Peace Of Mind
13. Voyage
14. The Breeze
15. 3 X Time

Bonus tracks:

16. Scene Through The Eye Of A Lens *
Originally released as A-side Liberty LBF 15031 October 1967
17. Gypsy Woman *
Originally released as B-side Liberty LBF 15031 October 1967

ROGER CHAPMAN: Lead Vocals, Harmonica, Tenor Saxophone
JOHN WHITNEY: Lead Guitar, Steel Guitar
JIM KING: Tenor & Soprano Saxophone, Harmonica, Vocals
RIC GRECH: Bass Guitar, Violin, Cello, Vocals
ROB TOWNSEND: Drums, Percussion * except tracks 16 & 17 HARRY OVERNALL

Recorded at Olympic Studios, London 1968

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT (1969):

1. The Weaver's Answer
2. Observations From A Hill
3. Hung Up Down
4. Summer '67
5. How-Hi-The-Li
6. Second Generation Woman
7. From Past Archives
8. Dim
9. Processions
10. Face In The Cloud
11. Emotions

ROGER CHAPMAN: Vocals, Percussion
JOHN WHITNEY: Guitar, Piano, Organ
JIM KING: Tenor & Soprano Saxophone, Harmonica, Piano
RIC GRECH: Bass Guitar, Violin, Vocals
ROB TOWNSEND: Drums, Percussion

A SONG FOR ME (1970):

1. Drowned In Wine
2. Some Poor Soul
3. Love Is A Sleeper
4. Stop For The Traffic / Through The Heart Of Me
5. Wheels
6. Song For Sinking Lovers
7. Hey - Let It Rock
8. The Cat And The Rat
9. 93's OK J
10. A Song For Me

Bonus track:

11. A Song For Lots
Originally issued as B-side of Reprise RS 27005 Today in 1970

ROGER CHAPMAN: Vocals, Percussion
JOHN WHITNEY: Guitars, Banjo, Organ
ROBERT TOWNSEND: Drums, Percussion, Harp
JOHN WEIDER: Guitars, Violin, Dobro
JOHN PALMER: Vibes, Piano, Flute

ANYWAY (1970):

1. Good News - Bad News
2. Willow Tree
3. Holding The Compass
4. Strange Band
5. Part Of The Load
6. Anyway
7. Normans
8. Lives And Ladies

Tracks 1-4

ROGER CHAPMAN: Vocals, Percussion
JOHN WHITNEY: Electric & Acoustic Guitars (Bass on track 2)
JOHN WEIDER: Acoustic Guitar, (Bass on tracks 1 & 4), (Violin on tracks 2 & 4)
POLI PALMER: Percussion, Keyboards, Vibes
ROB TOWNSEND: Percussion, Drums

Tracks 5-8

ROGER CHAPMAN: Vocals, Percussion
JOHN WHITNEY: Guitars (Bass on track 6)
JOHN WEIDER: Bass, Violin
POLI PALMER: Piano, Drums, Vibes, Percussion
ROB TOWNSEND: Drums, Percussion

Tracks 1-4: Recorded live at The Fairfield Halls, Croydon
Tracks 5-8: Recorded at Olympic Sound Studio

OLD SONGS NEW SONGS (1971):

1. Hung Up Down
2. Today
3. Observations From A Hill
4. Good Friend Of Mine
5. Drowned In Wine
6. Peace Of Mind
7. Hometown
8. The Cat And The Rat
9. No Mule's Fool
10. See Through Windows
11. The Weaver's Answer

ROGER CHAPMAN: Vocals
JOHN WHITNEY: Guitar
JOHN WEIDER: Bass, Violin
ROB TOWNSEND: Drums, Percussion
JOHN PALMER: Keyboards

Tracks 1, 3, 6, 10, 11: RIC GRECH: Bass or Violin
Tracks 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11: JIM KING: Tenor/ Soprano Saxophone or Harmonica

FEARLESS (1971):

1. Between Blue And Me
2. Sat'd'y Barfly
3. Larf And Sing
4. Spanish Tide
5. Save Some For Thee
6. Take Your Partners
7. Children
8. Crinkly Grin
9. Blind
10. Burning Bridges

ROGER CHAPMAN: Vocals, Guitars and Percussion
CHARLIE WHITNEY: Guitars, Mandolin and Percussion
POLI PALMER: Keyboards, Vibes, Flute and Percussion
JOHN WETTON: Guitars, Vocals, Contracts and Keyboards
ROB TOWNSEND: Drums, Paiste Cymbals and Percussion
Brass: The Ladbroke Horns

Recorded at Olympic, London

BANDSTAND (1972):

1. Burlesque
2. Bolero Babe
3. Coronation
4. Dark Eyes
5. Broken Nose
6. My Friend The Sun
7. Glove
8. Ready To Go
9. Top Of The Hill

Bonus track:

10. The Rocking R's
B-Side to K14196 Burlesque released September 1972

ROGER CHAPMAN: Vocals, Percussion, Soprano Saxophone on Bolero Babe
CHARLIE WHITNEY: Guitars, Keyboards on Dark Eyes
POLI PALMER: Keyboards, Vibes, Flute, Percussion, & Guitar onDark Eyes
JOHN WETTON: Bass, Guitar & Vocals
ROB TOWNSEND: Drums & Percussion
LINDA LEWIS: Backing Vocals on Broken Nose
DEL NEWMAN: String Arrangements

Recorded At Olympic, London

IT'S ONLY A MOVIE (1973):

1. It's Only A Movie
2. Leroy
3. Buffet Tea For Two
4. Boom Bang
5. Boots 'n' Roots
6. Banger [instrumental]
7. Sweet Desiree
8. Suspicion
9. Check Out

ROGER CHAPMAN: Vocals, Percussion
CHARLIE WHITNEY: Guitar, Banjo
TONY ASHTON: Keyboards, Vocals
JIM CREGAN: Bass
ROB TOWNSEND: Drums, Percussion
PETER HOPE EVANS: Harmonica on Leroy
DEL NEWMAN: Strings & Horn Arrangements

Recorded at Knowle Hall, Somerset with the Rolling Stones Mobile, Olympic Studios and Air Studios, London

FAMILY LIVE:

Recorded during their Winter 1971 tour Family Live captures one of the band's strongest line-ups at the peak of their creativity. Encapsulating the energy and quirkiness of their live performances, this audio snapshot was culled from a batch of tapes discovered in Roger Chapman's loft nearly thirty years after the event. "We were growing both individually and collectively. Everyone was coming up with ideas, moods and textures, and it all came together when we played live."

1. Good News - Bad News
2. Spanish Tide
3. Part Of The Load
4. Drowned In Wine
5. Holding The Compass
6. Between Blue And Me
7. Children
8. In My Own Time
9. Take Your Partners
10. The Weaver's Answer

ROGER CHAPMAN: Vocals, Percussion
CHARLIE WHITNEY: Guitar
POLI PALMER: Keyboards, Vibes, Flute
JOHN WETTON: Bass, Vocal
ROB TOWNSEND: Drums

ONCE UPON A TIME AND MORE:

Once Upon A Time And More is a selection of unreleased demo recordings and alternate takes culled from the Anyway, Fearless, Bandstand and It's Only A Movie album sessions. Remastered from original tapes that had lain undisturbed in Roger Chapman's loft until 2012, this two disc set captures the hitherto unheard work-in-progress of some of Family's most popular tracks along with in-studio banter.

Disc 1:

1. Part Of The Load [backing track]
2. Lives And Ladies [instrumental]
3. Sat'd'y Barfly [instrumental - no horn]
4. Sat'd'y Barfly [instrumental #1 - guide track, no horn studio chatter]
5. Sat'd'y Barfly [instrumental #2 - guide track, more studio chatter]
6. Studio Chat #1
7. Studio Chat #2
8. Spanish Tide [instrumental #1]
9. Spanish Tide [instrumental #2]
10. Spanish Tide [instrumental #3]
11. Spanish Tide [with spoken intro]
12. Spanish Tide [instrumental #4]

Disc 2:

1. Burlesque [instrumental]
2. Bolero Babe [rough mix]
3. My Friend The Sun [instrumental - part vocal]
4. My Friend The Sun [guide track #1 - part vocal]
5. My Friend The Sun [guide track #2 - part vocal]
6. Ready To Go [alternate take #1]
7. Ready To Go [alternate take #2]
8. Ready To Go [alternate take #3]
9. Top Of The Hill [alternate take]
10. Boom Bang [instrumental - part vocal]
11. Suspicion [no brass]
12. Check Out [instrumental]
13. Stop This Car [alternate version of B-Side to Boom Bang]

Disc 1, tracks 1 & 2 from the ANYWAY sessions
Disc 1, Tracks Disc 1 3-12 from the FEARLESS sessions
Tracks Disc 2 1-9 from the BANDSTAND sessions
Tracks Disc 2 10-13 from the IT’S ONLY A MOVIE sessions

In My Own Time - single (1971):

1. In My Own Time
2. Seasons

ROGER CHAPMAN: Vocals, Percussion
JOHN WHITNEY: Guitars, Banjo, Organ
ROBERT TOWNSEND: Drums, Percussion, Harp
JOHN WEIDER: Guitars, Violin, Dobro
JOHN PALMER: Vibes, Piano, Flute

Originally released as Reprise K 14090 July 1971

Boom Bang - single (1973):

1. Boom Bang
2. Stop This Car

ROGER CHAPMAN: Vocals, Percussion
CHARLIE WHITNEY: Guitar, Banjo
TONY ASHTON: Keyboards, Vocals
JIM CREGAN: Bass
ROB TOWNSEND: Drums, Percussion
DEL NEWMAN: Strings & Horn Arrangements

Originally released as Raft 18501 May 1973

Sweet Desire - single (1973):

1. Sweet Desiree
2. Drink To You

Originally released as Raft 18503 September 1973

ROGER CHAPMAN: Vocals, Percussion
CHARLIE WHITNEY: Guitar, Banjo
TONY ASHTON: Keyboards, Vocals
JIM CREGAN: Bass
ROB TOWNSEND: Drums, Percussion
DEL NEWMAN: Strings & Horn Arrangements

 




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