A Way of Life (album)

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A Way of Life
Studio album by The Family Dogg
Released November 1, 1969
Recorded April – May 1969 at
IBC Studios, London;
Chappell Studios, London;
Landsdowne Studios, London.
Genre Pop rock
Folk rock
Length 55:01
Label Bell Records
Producer Steve Rowland
The Family Dogg chronology
A Way of Life
(1969)
The View from Rowlands Head
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

A Way of Life is the début album by British vocal harmony and folk-rock group The Family Dogg. It features singer-songwriter Albert Hammond, and a session group includes Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page, and John Bonham. Elton John may have played piano on the title track. Released by the UK subsidiary of Bell Records in November, 1969, the album was reissued in 1995 as a CD with bonus tracks, which included B-sides and songs found on other compilation and sampler records.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Julie's Just Gone" (Mark Jordan) – 3:20
  2. "All the Best Songs and Marches" (Terry Stamp) – 2:31
  3. "In the Ghetto" (Mac Davis) – 3:06
  4. "Today I Killed a Man I Didn't Know" (Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway) – 4:13
  5. "Pattern People" (Jimmy Webb) – 2:40
  6. "Save the Life of My Child" (Paul Simon) – 4:45
  7. "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" (Bob Dylan) – 2:54
  8. "Reflections 'Of Your Face'" (Amory Kane) – 4:05
  9. "Run Run Run Fly Fly Fly" (Ben Findon) – 2:47
  10. "Moonshine Mary" (Albert Hammond, Mike Hazlewood) – 3:26
  11. "You Were On My Mind" (Traditional; arranged by Kane, Rowland, Hammond, Hazlewood) – 4:37
  12. "Place in the Sun" (Bryan Wells, Ronald Miller) – 4:55
  13. "A Way of Life" (Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway) – 4:04

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Rowland – Lead vocals (tracks 1, 3-9, 11, 13), backing vocals, congas, producer
  • Albert Hammond – Lead vocals (tracks 4-7, 9, 11-13), backing vocals, 12-string guitar
  • Mike Hazelwood – Lead vocals (tracks 2, 5, 7), backing vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Christine Holmes – Lead vocals (track 5), backing vocals
  • Pam "Zooey" Quinn – Lead vocals (track 10), backing vocals
  • Doreen De Veuve – vocals (uncredited)
  • Jimmy Page – Electric guitars
  • John Paul Jones – Bass guitar, arranger (tracks 4, 8, 11)
  • Amory Kane – guitar, fills between every track
  • John Bonham – Drums
  • Alan Parker – Acoustic guitar
  • Alan "Hawk" Hawkshaw – Piano, organ
  • Clem Cattini – Drums
  • Big Jim Sullivan – Arranger, guitar (uncredited)
  • Elton John – Piano (track 13, uncredited)
  • Stan Barrett – Percussion
  • Denis Lopez – Percussion
  • Phil Dennys – Arranger
  • Reg Tilsey – Arranger
  • Ken Woodman – Arranger
  • Damon Lyon Shaw – Engineer (IBC Studios)
  • John Iles – Engineer (Chappell Studios)
  • John Timperley – Engineer (Chappell Studios)
  • John Mackswith – Engineer (Landsdowne Studios)
  • Mike Weighell – Engineer (Landsdowne Studios)

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1969 Billboard Pop albums (Billboard 200)
1969 UK Albums Chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1969 "A Way of Life" Billboard Pop Singles (Billboard Hot 100)
1969 "A Way of Life" UK Pop Singles 6
1969 "Arizona" UK Pop Singles

Family Dogg also released the singles The Storm in 1967 (a song originally written by the BeeGees in Australia), Silly grin/Couldn't help it and Brown eyed girl/Let it rain in 1968 both on the Fontana label, both b sides written by Hammond/Hazlewood

References[edit]

Additional notes[edit]

Catalogue: Bell Records SBLL 122 (UK), Bell BLL 122 (US), Polydor 2310 007 (Europe)