Old Songs New Songs

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Old Songs New Songs
Compilation album by Family
Released March 1971
Recorded 1968-1971
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic rock
Length 39:27
Label Reprise (UK)
Producer Various producers
Family chronology
Old Songs New Songs
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Old Songs New Songs is a budget-priced compilation album by the British progressive rock band Family, released in March 1971. The title is taken from the title of a song that appeared on the band's 1968 debut album Music in a Doll's House, although that song does not appear on this record.

Highlights of this package were songs previously released on 45rpm records only (marked by an asterisk) and four tracks from the sessions of their second album "Family Entertainment" partially re-recorded and remixed for this release. Those four tracks are: "Observations From a Hill" with Roger Chapman on lead vocals, rather than Jim King as featured on the original release, "Hung Up Down", "Weaver's Answer" and the single B-side "Hometown". Roger Chapman and Charlie Whitney were quoted in ZigZag magazine (reprinted in both the interview anthology book "The Road To Rock", and also the "Old Songs New Songs" cd box set which includes this album) stating how they disliked the mix of the album "Family Entertainment" where most of these songs originally appeared. So they re-recorded a number of vocals and elements and remixed those tracks for this release.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No. Title Notes Length
1. "Hung Up Down"  
  • remix/rerecorded track from "Family Entertainment". The remix here features guitar overdubs.
2. "Today" (Whitney, Chapman, Weider)
  • 45 A side
3. "Observations From A Hill"  
  • remix/rerecorded track from "Family Entertainment" featuring Roger Chapman's lead vocals instead of Jim King's.
4. "Good Friend Of Mine"  
  • 45 B side    
5. "Drowned in Wine"  
  • from "A Song For Me"
Side two
No. Title Notes Length
1. "Peace Of Mind"  
  • from "Music In A Doll's House"
2. "Hometown"  
  • remix/rerecorded track originally released as a 45 B-side, recorded during the "Family Entertainment" sessions. The remix includes vibraphone; the original single mix does not.
3. "The Cat And The Rat"  
  • from "A Song For Me"
4. "No Mule's Fool"  
  • 45 A side
5. "See Through Windows"  
  • from "Music In A Doll's House"
6. "The Weaver's Answer"  
  • remix/rerecorded track from "Family Entertainment". The remix here features guitar overdubs.



  1. ^ Little, Patrick (2011). "Old Songs New Songs - Family | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 June 2011.