Music in a Doll's House

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Music in a Doll's House
Studio album by Family
Released 19 July 1968
Recorded December 1967 - Early 1968 at Olympic Studios in London
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic rock
Length 37:14
Label Reprise
Producer Dave Mason
Family chronology
Music in a Doll's House
Family Entertainment
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (neutral)[2]

Music in a Doll's House is the debut album by progressive rock group Family, released on 19 July 1968. The album, co-produced by Dave Mason of Traffic,[3] features a number of complex musical arrangements contributing to its ambitious psychedelic sound.

The Beatles had originally intended to use the title A Doll's House for the album they were recording during 1968. The release of Family's similarly titled debut then prompted them to adopt the minimalist title The Beatles for what is now more commonly referred to as The White Album due to its plain white sleeve.

"Old Songs, New Songs" features a cameo from the Tubby Hayes group.

This album was initially issued in the US using the UK import and sold in the US as a domestic album (with an extra piece of cardboard to stiffen up the sleeve). Around the time the second album was issued in the US, US pressings of this album started to appear.

In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album ranked number 30 in its list of "40 Cosmic Rock Albums".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Whitney and Roger Chapman, except as noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "The Chase"   2:16
2. "Mellowing Grey"   2:49
3. "Never Like This" (Dave Mason) 2:20
4. "Me My Friend"   2:00
5. "Variation on a theme of Hey Mr. Policeman" (instrumental) 0:25
6. "Winter"   2:26
7. "Old Songs New Songs"   4:18
8. "Variation on a theme of The Breeze" (instrumental) 0:39
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Hey Mr. Policeman" (Whitney, Ric Grech, Chapman) 3:14
2. "See Through Windows"   3:44
3. "Variation on a theme of Me My Friend" (instrumental)  (Whitney) 0:22
4. "Peace of Mind"   2:26
5. "Voyage"   3:31
6. "The Breeze"   2:52
7. "3 x Time"   3:35
8. "God save the Queen" (hidden Track) 0:16




  • Sleevenotes from CD re-release of album on See For Miles Records


  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay (2011). "Music in a Doll's House - Family | AllMusic". Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Gancher, David (December 7, 1968). "Records". Rolling Stone (San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc.). 
  3. ^ Vernon Joynson, The Tapestry of Delights Revised, The Comprehensive Guide To British Music Of The Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963 - 1976, 2006 Edition (Borderline Productions, Reprinted 2008), pp. 276
  4. ^ Q Classic: Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, 2005.