Wednesday, 24 February 2010
I can see now that things didn’t really go to plan thereafter where Family were concerned. A year later, I coveted their album, ‘Bandstand’ like mad and for two very good reasons: it had a fabulous old style TV cover with Family shown performing on the ‘screen’ and it contained one of my all time favourite singles, ‘Burlesque’, which made even better use of the stop-start concept. But despite wanting it desperately, whenever I’d saved up enough money to buy it, there always seemed to be something rather better around just at that moment that I wanted more and so it came to pass that ‘Bandstand’ remained second best to a host of others and eventually its time passed.
Later still, the guy who ran our Hall Bar at University had a copy of Family’s ‘Best Of’ collection and used to play it virtually every night whilst pulling pints. This time, I couldn’t resist (especially as it had ‘Burlesque’ on it) and that LP has been the only representative of Family in my collection…until now. For I am now the proud owner of the double CD, ‘In Their Own Time’ which shoehorns the best of most of their albums (but strangely, not ‘Music In A Doll’s House’) into 150 minutes of manic vibrato and sub-prog arrangements.
From a safe distance I can see that my musical instincts were intact and that they prevented me from buying ‘Bandstand’ in favour of other stuff that have become firm rescue-from-burning-building albums for a very good reason; I’m not completely sold by Family. Whilst I love much of their stuff, there is a sizeable minority that doesn’t really do it for me. It’s amazing how you develop this sort of ‘6th sense’ for purchases which much of the time works beautifully.
So, whilst I’m glad to have my ‘Best Of’ package, I’m also comforted that my in-built critical facility filtered them out, otherwise I might just not’ve bought something else instead and that something else could well be a much cherished LP – who knows?