Family - Old Songs New Songs
Family - Old Songs New Songs

Family - Old Songs New Songs

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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.

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This album, a hybrid best-of/singles/remix record, was put together by Family to promote a planned U.S. tour. When the tour was cancelled, the album was released in the U.K. in March, 1971. Songs from the first three albums are included, along with four non-album singles. Special treatment was given to "Hung up Down," "Observations from a Hill," "Weaver's Answer" and "Hometown; " instrumental tracks were re-recorded for these numbers, due to the band's dissatisfaction with the original mixes. The album was an unusual mid-career release, and it filled the gap between the stylistically opposed Anyway and Fearless.