Fearless (Family album)

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Fearless
Family Fearless 1971.jpeg
Studio album by Family
Released 29 October 1971
Recorded 1971
Studio Olympic Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic rock
Length 38:13
Label Reprise (UK), United Artists (US)
Producer Family, George Chkiantz
Family chronology
Old Songs New Songs
(1971)
Fearless
(1971)
Bandstand
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

Fearless is the fifth album by the British progressive rock band Family, which was released on 29 October 1971, on Reprise Records – K54003. It was known for its innovative layered-page album headshots of the band's members melding into a single blur.

Background[edit]

After completing their second US tour in mid 1971, John Weider left the band and was replaced by John Wetton on bass and vocals . The band's direction was notably changed with Wetton bringing along his trademark propulsive performance style, as evidenced on the album opener "Between Blue and Me".[1] After only a year and one more album, Wetton left to join the latest line-up of King Crimson and was replaced by Jim Cregan. Fearless was the first Family album to chart in the United States, reaching #177 on the Billboard 200 in March 1972, and staying on the charts for 7 weeks. [3]

Reception[edit]

Writing in the US rock magazine Creem, reviewer Ed Ward, after admitting that he hadn't liked Family, called Fearless "a good, strong album, loaded with some of the most intense, high energy British rock and roll being made these days", but still rated it "not quite as good as Anyway" (which hadn't been released in the United States at that time, anyway). He dismissed tracks "Spanish Tide" and "Children" as "filler", but concluded that "what's left is fine indeed."[4]

Jack Breschard, writing in Crawdaddy, went further and declared the album to be "nothing less than brilliant." He singled out Side One for particular praise, "being the catchiest album side I've heard in a very long time." He thought that much of the album's strength lay in "the multi-instrumentality of the band", adding that although the band's range was wide "no-one gets hung up in a bunch of musical pretensions."[5]


AllMusic deemed the album "uneven", but noted that it had some strong highlights, such as "Spanish Tide", "Save Some for Thee", and "Take Your Partners", the last of which saw "the bandmembers maneuver their interaction with an aptitude and skill that would arguably best any jam-based aggregate of the day."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All selections are by Roger Chapman and Charlie Whitney except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Between Blue and Me" 5:02
2. "Sat'd'y Barfly" 4:00
3. "Larf and Sing" (Palmer) 2:45
4. "Spanish Tide" 4:02
5. "Save Some for Thee" 3:42
6. "Take Your Partners" (Whitney, Chapman, Palmer) 6:27
7. "Children" 2:19
8. "Crinkly Grin" (instrumental;  Palmer) 1:06
9. "Blind" 4:04
10. "Burning Bridges" (Whitney, Chapman, Palmer) 4:46

Personnel[edit]

Family[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • The Ladbroke Horns – brass

Technical[edit]

  • Family – producer
  • George Chkiantz – producer

Chart positions[edit]

  • Highest chart position (UK) - #14[6]
  • Highest chart position (USA) - #177 (Billboard)*

(*This was Family's first appearance on the Billboard charts in the U.S.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "allmusic ((( Fearless > Overview )))". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: The Family". Retrieved October 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Billboard 200 Fearless". 
  4. ^ Creem, Vol. 3, No. 11; April, 1972. Review reprinted in full at http://www.familybandstand.com/press/articles/article-fearless-review-creem
  5. ^ Crawdaddy, April 1, 1972. Review reprinted in full at http://www.familybandstand.com/press/articles/article-fearless-review-crawdaddy
  6. ^ "Chart Stats - The Family - Fearless". www.chartstats.com. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 

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