Family were a great band, one of the highlights of the late sixties/early seventies, with some splendid albums and a stonking stage act - from someone who saw them live, they were perhaps at their best in front of an audience. Lumped together with many disparate acts under the now so widely used (as to be meaningless) progressive banner, their albums were a whimsical mixture of rock and folk tinged with jazz, and live they were often hard and loud (in a really good way). They deserved more recognition than they got (they were much championed by the late great John Peel), they never really made an impression in the US, and not as much as they should here.
This is an interesting album, an amalgam of lifts of great tracks from early albums (e.g. Music From A Doll's House, A Song For Me) and live takes from BBC sessions. The Weaver's Answer is worth the price of admission alone. However, it would be wrong not to mention the awful overdubbed intros by an uncited 'DJ', entirely unnecessary. But the album is a good introduction to the band, and an effective invitation to check out Music In A Doll's House, Family Entertainment, A Song For Me, Anyway, Fearless and Bandstand, none of which contain the irritating wazzockry of the intros here.