A Song for Me

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A Song for Me
Studio album by Family
Released 23 January 1970
Recorded 1969 at Olympic Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic rock, folk rock
Length 38:26
Label Reprise
Producer Family
Family chronology
Family Entertainment
(1969)
A Song for Me
(1970)
Anyway
(1970)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

A Song for Me is the third album from the British progressive rock band Family, released on 23 January 1970.

The album[edit]

The album was recorded late 1969 in Olympic Studios in London. It was their first album with new members John Weider on bass and Poli Palmer on keyboards, flute and vibraphone. The past several months had been full of setbacks for Family, with Grech having left for Blind Faith, King forced to leave for getting too deep into drug addiction, and their first U.S. tour having proved a disaster.

Although many of the songs had been written with King's saxophone in mind, Charlie Whitney and Roger Chapman were able to rework them with Palmer's instruments, and Palmer quickly made himself integral to Family's sound. Because some of these songs had been debuted in live performances in the previous year, many Family fans found themselves getting accommodated to arrangements that sounded radically different from what they expected.

Much of A Song for Me shows Family exploring various popular forms, from jazz and blues to folk and country.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John "Charlie" Whitney and Roger Chapman, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Drowned in Wine"   4:08
2. "Some Poor Soul"   2:44
3. "Love is a Sleeper"   4:00
4. "Stop for the Traffic - Through the Heart of Me"   2:09
5. "Wheels" (Whitney, Chapman, Ric Grech) 4:38
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Song for Sinking Lovers"   4:04
2. "Hey – Let It Rock"   1:02
3. "The Cat and the Rat"   2:30
4. "93's O.K. J" (instrumental)  (Whitney, John Weider) 3:57
5. "A Song for Me" (Whitney, Chapman, Weider, Rob Townsend) 9:13

U.S. Vinyl track listing (All CD issues contain the UK track listing)

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "No Mule's Fool"    
2. "Drowned in Wine"    
3. "Love is a Sleeper"    
4. "Some Poor Soul"    
5. "Wheels" (Whitney, Chapman, Ric Grech)  
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Hey – Let It Rock"    
2. "Stop for the Traffic - Through the Heart of Me"    
3. "Song for Sinking Lovers"    
4. "93's O.K. J" (instrumental)  (Whitney, John Weider)  
5. "A Song for Me" (Whitney, Chapman, Weider, Rob Townsend)  

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

  • Highest chart position (UK) – #4
  • Highest chart position (U.S.) – did not chart

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dougan, John (2011). "A Song for Me – Family | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 June 2011.