The Family Way (soundtrack)

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The Family Way
Soundtrack album by Paul McCartney
Released 6 January 1967 (UK)
12 June 1967 (USA)
1996 (CD re-release)
Recorded November 1966
Genre Symphonic rock
Length 24:59
Label Decca Records (SKL 4847) (UK)
London Records (USA)
Producer Paul McCartney
George Martin
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Family Way is a soundtrack recording composed by Paul McCartney, released in January 1967. The album is the soundtrack to the 1966 film of the same name, directed by Roy Boulting and starring Hayley Mills. The album was released under the name The George Martin Orchestra, The Family Way (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).[citation needed]

The Family Way won an Ivor Novello Award in 1967 and was remastered and released on CD in 1996 with new musical compositions not on the original 1967 soundtrack album.

This January 1967 recording is sometimes considered to be the first Beatles solo album, but most critics consider George Harrison's Wonderwall Music, also a soundtrack album, from November 1968, to be the first, because it was released under George Harrison's name while The Family Way was credited to George Martin.[citation needed] A 45rpm single was also issued in 1966 featuring "Theme From 'The Family Way'" and "Love in the Open Air", on United Artists UP1165.

Following a 2003 CD reissue in mono, in 2011 a new remastered version of the soundtrack was released by Varese Vintage that featured the original 1967 score by Paul McCartney in the original sequence, remastered from the original first generation stereo master tapes, and included the unreleased stereo mix of "A Theme From The Family Way" as a bonus track, which had appeared originally as the B side of the 1966 UK/US 7-inch single by the Tudor Minstrels.

Track listing, original 1967 soundtrack[edit]

The George Martin Orchestra

  • 1. 1st Movement
  • 2. 2nd Movement
  • 3. 3rd Movement
  • 4. 4th Movement
  • 5. 5th Movement
  • 6. 6th Movement
  • 7. 7th Movement
  • 8. 8th Movement
  • 9. 9th Movement
  • 10. 10th Movement
  • 11. 11th Movement
  • 12. 12th Movement
  • 13. 13th Movement

Track listing, 1996 re-release[edit]

All songs by Paul McCartney, except where noted.

  1. "Variation No. 1" – 3:14
  2. "Variation No. 2" – 2:01
  3. "Variation No. 3" – 2:00
  4. "Variation No. 4" – 2:59
  5. "Variation No. 5" – 2:25
  6. "Variation No. 6" – 0:52
  7. "Variation No. 7" – 3:18
  8. "Variation No. 8" – 2:51
  9. "Variation No. 9" – 2:50
  10. "Hymn to the Child"/"L'Hymne a L'Enfant"/"Reminiscences"/"Double-March" (Dwight Baker/Jean-Marie Benjamin) – 4:12
  11. "Theme" – 0:59
  12. "Variation I" – 2:00
  13. "Variation II" – 1:48
  14. "Variation III" – 2:30
  15. "Variation IV" – 1:48
  16. "Variation V" – 1:42
  17. "Capitaine Bonhomme" (Gilbert LaCombe/Michel Noël) – 2:48
  18. "Le Pirate Maboule" (Herbert Ruff/P. Thériault) – 3:53
  19. "Sol et Gobelet" (L. Durand/Herbert Ruff) – 3:30
  20. "Grujot et Délicat" (Herbert Ruff/P. Thériault) – 2:47
  21. "Monsieur Surprise" (Herbert Ruff/P. Thériault) – 2:22
  22. "Children of Sarajevo"/"Les Enfants de Sarajevo" (Carl Aubut) – 4:54

Personnel[edit]

Paul McCartney and George Martin working on the film score in 1966.
  • Paul McCartney: Bass guitar, piano, vocals.
  • George Martin: Concertmaster, Orchestration.
  • Andre Moisan: Clarinet.
  • Carl Aubut: Guitar, flute.
  • Claire Marchand: Flute
  • Elaine Marcil: Violin
  • Marie-Josee Arpin: Violin
  • Therese Motard: Cello
  • Margot Aldrich: Viola, vocals.
  • Claudel String Quartet.

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