The Family That Plays Together, the second album by the rock band Spirit. The album was released on Ode Records in December 1968. It displays the band's ability to play beyond the genre of psychedelic rock.
Tracks such as "It Shall Be" and "Silky Sam" demonstrate the ease with which the ensemble can incorporate jazz into their idiosyncratic form of rock, while "Jewish" and "Aren't You Glad" show the band's competence in exploiting both world music and jam rock. "Poor Richard," "Jewish," and "All the Same" feature double tracked lead guitars played by Randy California.
The album's arrangements were created by Marty Paich, who also arranged and conducted Spirit's eponymous debut album and their third album, Clear, as well as Model Shop (the soundtrack to a film of the same name, which was recorded after "Family" but not released until 2004).
At some point after "Family's" first issue, the final mixes for the album were misplaced. Because of this, subsequent CD releases by Sony, as well as the recent vinyl reissue by Sundazed Records, are taken from new mixes made from the original multi-track tapes (the tracks that appeared on the Time Circle, 1968–1972 compilation were remixed as well, though the mixes differ) by Bob Irwin, Randy California and Ed Cassidy in 1996. Liner notes on the 1996 CD reissue state that it was "mixed and mastered by Vic Anesini, Sony Music Studios, New York."
The 1996 CD reissue also contains five bonus tracks. Two of these appeared on the Time Circle, 1968–1972 compilation, while the other three are previously unissued.
In 2017 Audio Fidelity re-issued the album as a numbered limited edition Super Audio CD. This release was remastered from the original stereo master tapes which were previously thought to have been lost. This edition also includes bonus tracks in the same mixes as on the 1996 CD.