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 album[edit]

Side One
  1. The Family Way
Side Two
  1. The Family Way

Track listing, 2011 CD reissue[edit]

  1. Cue 2M1 / 2M4
  2. 5M1 / 11M3
  3. 6M4 / 7M2
  4. 6M2 / 1M2
  5. 10M1 / 6M3 / 4M1 / 1M3 / 1M4
  6. Love In The Open Air (7M3)
  7. 2M5
  8. 1M1
  9. 7M1
  10. 11M1 / 11M2 / 10M3 / 8M1
  11. 12M1
  12. 13M1
  13. 13M2
  14. Theme from The Family Way