FAMILY Bonus Tracks (1968-1973) – 31 Tracks, Over 2 Hours

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Thanks to KDNYfm for kick starting this Bonus Tracks idea by supplying most of the officially released extras found on the mish-mash of Family re-issues released over the years. Thanks also go to Spike, Joe and Zed for offering up the missing selections to help complete this collection. It appears complete, but it’s hard to tell, given the myriad of conflicting Family reissues – often with differing sets of extras. 31 tracks, over two hours, which we’ve grouped by the reissues they originally surfaced on. We used the LP’s release year to tag the files (otherwise known as lazy research). The non-LP singles & b’s from the UK are the coolest (“Scene Through The Eyes Of A Lens” b/w “Gypsy Woman,” “No Mule’s Fool” b/w “Good Friend Of Mine,” “Today” b/w “Song For Lots,” “In My Own Time” b/w “Seasons,” and other b-sides), but it should be noted that the sound quality on many of the live tracks are on the shoddy side, characterized by a thin, bootleg quality. Hardcore fans can find solace in Once Upon A Time,  the new 14-CD Family box set that is now available for preorder HERE, featuring bonus rarities, demos and live discs (and autographed by Roger Chapman). It’s a lusciously tempting box set if you’ve got the green in these tough economic times. Especially since it’s “strictly limited” to 2000 copies and will most likely be the last word on Family, given their low consumer profile and dwindling fan base. Peruse the archives for our past posts of Family, Roger Chapman and Streetwalkers (HERE). Thanks again to all involved for the help with this one.

Scene Through The Eye Of A Lens (2:53)
Gypsy Woman (3:30)
A SONG FOR ME (1970)
No Mule’s Fool (3:12)
Good Friend Of Mine (3:30)
Drowned In Wine (live) (4:09)
The Cat And The Rat (live) (2:47)
Wheels (live) (6:45)
A Song For Me (live) (7:59)
ANYWAY (1971)
Today (5:00)
Song For Lots (3:35)
Today (edited version) (4:06)
Strange Band (alt version) (2:31)
Part Of The Load (live) (9:44)
Lives And Ladies (live) (8:05)

In My Own Time (3:33)
Seasons (2:21)
Between Blue And Me (live) (5:05)
Sing ‘Em The Way I Feel (live) (4:38)
The Weaver’s Answer (5:00)
Strange Band (3:14)
The Rockin’ Rs (3:22)
No Mule’s Fool (live) (2:57)
Good News Bad News (live) (4:10)
The Weaver’s Answer (live) (5:34)
Hometown (3:10)
Stop This Car (2:53)
Drink To You (3:35)
Holding The Compass (live) (2:22)
The Weaver’s Answer (live) (4:49)
Dim (live) (1:20)
Procession/No Mule’s Fool (live) (4:46)


  • Willard
    January 3, 2013 - 14:05 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • phil winans
    January 3, 2013 - 15:33 | Permalink

    I can’t say enough about this. I can’t wait get my cds out and figure what I didn’t have and now have. This the first sight I check everyday. Thanks for the great stuff on a band that is not by any means a household name.Phil Winans

  • roy rocket
    January 3, 2013 - 16:28 | Permalink

    Big thanks. roy

  • courtney
    January 3, 2013 - 16:48 | Permalink

    Sensational effort by all concerned, and many thanks for the due diligence.

    As much as I’ve listened to this crew, I still cannot isolate what makes their music so emotionally accurate and why the rest of the world seems not to get it at all. Long live rock!

    • buzzbabyjesus
      January 4, 2013 - 15:37 | Permalink

      You have to get past Roger’s voice in order to appreciate the songs and the band. Not everyone has the patience for that. Now you’ll have to excuse me while I greedily nab this.

  • Don from Oregon
    January 3, 2013 - 17:23 | Permalink


  • Duncan Walls
    January 3, 2013 - 17:45 | Permalink

    This is outstanding. I am so glad to have found a forum for musical interests that mesh with mine. I can’t say enough good things about all of you. It’s one of the reasons I invest what I have here MOST of all.Thanks to ALL involved. I remain your humble co-conspirator.

  • Sealy
    January 4, 2013 - 08:21 | Permalink

    Lovely stuff. Many thanks. First band I ever saw live…never forgotten

    • Willard
      January 4, 2013 - 10:33 | Permalink

      Cool… they must have been opening for somebody, right?

      • sealy
        January 5, 2013 - 05:32 | Permalink

        Indeed they were. January 1969 and the top of the bill were The Nice!!. Saw them many times after and once did an interview with Chappo circa 1979. Those were the days

        Thanks hugely for all your great work here Willard

  • Brian
    January 4, 2013 - 08:33 | Permalink

    Late 1970 I’m in university and two of my friends have a show on the campus radio. I spend many hours a week in the studio with them, sharing my records, listening to theirs. Though not as connected as commercial radio, they do have a few connections with local record shops, giving them access to things no other radio stations have. King Crimson, Rare Bird, Soft Machine, Traffic and Family. ‘Music From A Doll’s House’ still stands, in my opinion, as one of the most unique recordings of the period. I have never been able to keep up with, nor afford, all the ‘odds’n’ends’ over the years. This is a most welcome posting. Now, where can I find an English ale?


    • Willard
      January 4, 2013 - 10:34 | Permalink

      One of the greats, thanks for commenting. The ale’s in the mail.

  • Rochacrimson
    January 4, 2013 - 09:48 | Permalink

    Thanks Willy!
    It would be nice to find the old box set “Old Songs New Songs 5CD-2005” and the new box set Once Upon A Time – Box Set (2013) just the 2cds with unreleased material!

    • Willard
      January 4, 2013 - 10:35 | Permalink

      Those would be nice. That demo material from the new box set looks nifty.

  • KDNYfm
    January 4, 2013 - 10:18 | Permalink

    While I’m acquiring the bonus tracks I dont have, here’s a strange bit of ‘Family’ fun…
    back in the day, my brother and I were watching one of those artsy – pop-star-Jackie Collins like movies. you know the ones, they looked exactly like the party/dance sequences in Austin Powers movies…anyway, there was a band playing in this movie, and even though neither of us were impressed with the singer, we both wanted to know who the band was. And even as bad as the film was, we hung around til the end credits to find out. You guessed it, the band was Family. Now obviously, the performance in the movie didnt have that big an influence on either of us, as we both own all the Mystic releases. (and he will appreciate when I share all the other bonus tracks).
    So… here’s the rub…Neither of us can remember what the film was?!?
    Can anyone help?

    • Willard
      January 4, 2013 - 10:40 | Permalink

      Good luck with Google finding it, too. You’ll only end up with It’s Only A Movie links. Thanks again, KDNYfm.

      I did stumble on this story about Charlie Whitney not taking part in the reunion gigs…

      Veteran rocker Roger Chapman was left disappointed when his former Family bandmate Charlie Whitney refused to take part in the group’s upcoming reunion. The British prog-rock band split in 1973, but frontman Chapman has reunited his former colleagues for two one-off comeback shows in London next month (Feb13), and the singer has now revealed fellow founding member Whitney will not be taking part.
      Chapman admits he asked the guitarist to join the reunion, but he declined the offer. He tells Britain’s Uncut magazine, “I wasn’t really surprised. Family was 40 years ago. We’ve all gone in different directions. Charlie’s lived on one of the Greek islands for many years with his partner… I don’t hang out with the guys I used to go to school with either… It’s a bit like that… Charlie was the first person I asked… But he said, ‘I’m happy here, I’ve got my music, my sunshine, it just sounds like a lot of hard work for a couple of gigs, but have a good time.'” Chapman adds of the reunion shows, “I just hope for those two nights we don’t blow it, I don’t think we will, but in the back of your mind you go… ‘I hope we don’t let them down and we don’t let ourselves down.'”
      The shows will take place at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 1 and 2 February

  • budokan
    January 4, 2013 - 10:59 | Permalink

    just great an old time favorite. saw them open for Elton John in the seventies, brilliant.

  • Hello Newman
    January 4, 2013 - 12:25 | Permalink

    Outstanding! I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. You are the best and I love this site to death!!! Go Willard Go!


    • Willard
      January 4, 2013 - 12:41 | Permalink


      Thanks for stopping by.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    January 4, 2013 - 16:04 | Permalink

    Too bad Charlie doesn’t want to revisit Family for the reunion. I just got back from one with a band that hadn’t played for 25 years. It was a lot of work, but it was really cool reconnecting and conjuring the old magic. Two members had very cold feet. I said, “I’m not going to tell you what to do. You have to figure out what will cause you the least internal anguish, however I guarantee you’ll regret not participating more than if you do.” It worked, and the cold feets ended up all grins.

  • zappahead
    March 10, 2014 - 10:54 | Permalink

    Willard….thanks for these outakes…looking forward to listening to them….once again much appreciated…cheers.

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    March 29, 2014 - 18:38 | Permalink


  • Emilio Marengo
    April 22, 2014 - 12:51 | Permalink

    “in these tough economic times” i’m stickin with my old complete official releases, so your post becomes a wonderful treat, which i’m savouring as I write…regards

  • Trevor Lawson
    November 13, 2014 - 11:28 | Permalink

    Hi, just discovered your brilliant site, amazing amount of great music, and good descriptions.
    Anyway, every other Mega link on the site I’ve tried works OK but part 2 of this just hangs up (says ‘starting’ but never does).

    • Willard
      November 13, 2014 - 12:39 | Permalink

      New links up, thanks.

  • Trevor Lawson
    November 13, 2014 - 16:49 | Permalink

    Very fast response, thanks a lot. Looking forward to this.

  • December 16, 2015 - 16:11 | Permalink

    Thank you very much.

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