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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Family - The Family (1985)

Minneapolis R&B band The Family was one of the first acts signed to Prince's nascent Paisley Park Records label. Here's how lead singer Paul Peterson tells the story of the formation of The Family: "When Morris Day decided to leave the group The Time, Prince held a meeting with the remaining band members. We were all sitting in a circle, Jesse Johnson, Jerry Hubbard, Mark Cardinas, Jerome Benton, Jellybean Johnson. He looked at us all, and said that he wanted to start a new band. He knew that Jesse was anxious to do his own solo career, so he asked those not into a new band to leave. Then off went Jesse (then later Mark, and Jerry). Prince then said "I have a concept, and I want to base it around you" (then he spun around in his chair and landed at me) I was totally off guard. I guess he heard me sing when we were filming Purple Rain - while Morris and I were in the dressing room at First Avenue, which was adjacent to his -- by a bed sheet!"

Singer Paul Peterson was renamed St. Paul. Along with drummer Jellybean Johnson and hype man Jerome Benton, The Family was complete with the addition of background singer/keyboard player Susannah Melvoin and saxophonist Eric Leeds. Their first and only single, "The Screams of Passion," managed to crack the R&B Top 15 in America.

I've always found this album to be immensely listenable and it is definitely a Prince fan favorite. I just never seem to get tired of it. As usual, Prince wrote and produced all of the music, but in this case gave the official writing credits to the band members, except for "Nothing Compares 2 U," which later became a famous hit for Sinéad O'Connor. Musically, The Family predicts the direction that Prince was to take on Parade and Sign 'o' the Times. It is here that you can hear the first distinct usage of funk, jazz and orchestral strings in the Prince oeuvre. Heck, even the video looks like Prince and the Revolution's "Mountains"!

The group didn't last. During recording, St. Paul was subjected to take after take until his vocals exactly matched the guide vocals Prince provided. There was no room for St. Paul's own vocal phrasing. Without the ability to pursue his own creativity, St. Paul felt stifled. They only played one show before he left to pursue a solo career. Some of the members were drafted into Prince's expanded Revolution. Eighteen years later, on December 13, 2003, The Family reunited for the Sheila E. organized charity concert Family Jamm. In January of 2007, the band announced on MySpace that they had newly reformed and have begun work on new material! They've since played ?uestlove's pre-Grammy Roots Jam party, where Susannah's twin sister Wendy Melvoin sat in on guitar. All very exciting and, hopefully, we'll see new material soon. Prince isn't involved this time around, so it'll be interesting to hear what they produce. In the meantime, check out their MySpace page for live audio and video clips and breaking news.

This album was only released on CD in Japan. I've also included the Extended Version of "The Screams of Passion" from the 12" single. Between the two, I put "Miss Understood," a middling unreleased outtake in which Susannah takes lead vocals. This track is taken from the Fantasia 4CD Prince bootleg, which I located on Soulseek.

The Family - The Family (1985)
1. High Fashion (5:06)
2. Mutiny (3:58)
3. The Screams of Passion (5:26)
4. Yes (4:25)
5. River Run Dry (3:30)
6. Nothing Compares 2 U (4:33)
7. Susannah's Pajamas (3:56)
8. Desire (5:04)
Unreleased Outtake:
9. Miss Understood (5:20)
From The Screams of Passion 12":
10. The Screams of Passion (Extended Version) (6:46)

88MB ZIP archive
MP3: 1x Constant bitrate (256kbps)
9x Variable bitrate (256kbps average)
Exact Audio Copy 1.0b3 (Secure mode) w/LAME 3.99.5 (-V0)

DOWNLOAD

77 comments:

McCrank said...

Do you mind reloading or sending to me? I downloaded but then get an error when expanding as it says the file is corrupted.

Been looking for this for years! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Love this stuff (still DL so i hope it all opens up right). Thanks.

Now a random request (based on the reefer compilation) i remember listening to "dirty blues" cd long time ago. But can't find anything like it where I'm at.

It's pretty much for laughs but here are a couple of titles...

VA - Let Me Squeeze Your Lemon: The Ultimate Rude Blues Collection [IMPORT]
Eat to the Beat - The Dirtiest of them Dirty Blues [IMPORT]
He Got Out His Big Ten Inch: Risque R&B and Rude Blues [IMPORT]

Evan said...

Hey, Evan from The Fear Chamber, here. In the Night of the Living Dead post, I just wanted to spread the word about your blog, just through a music post. Ive been a fan of your blog for a long time and think that what your doing is great. Thanks alot for the Reefer Music post as well!

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for this production of Prince, you are other paisley park
production?
for example : Mazarati, Three o' clock.
Merci,
Le Club Marron.

soul searching said...

Please fufill a dying wish by simply reposting a link to this album (the Family) it's my personal "Holy Grail"
also if poss the Kiss b-side love or money

Kevin Sartori said...

It's still available, just click the "Grab It" link above!

Anonymous said...

Thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart. This is my all time favorite album. I still have it in my garage, but I never had it digitally until now. I've been looking for it forever. Thank you!

Kevin Sartori said...

Download link was expired/deleted. Re-uploaded and available for download again!

Anonymous said...

Thank you! This is absolutely what I was looking for..

David said...

This is great that you put this record up but I just wanted to let you know that it sounds to me as if it was ripped from a CD. I have the vinyl and, as with most CDs from the 80's/early 90's, this MP3 sounds considerably 'thinner' than ones from the vinyl source. I have digital files recorded from my copy of the vinyl and they sound like they are from the same mix only these were transfered to a 'soft' CD. I love this record and it's great to see someone sharing it with people who are interested. I can't wait to dig through your other posts for new music. thanks.

-david

arob71 said...

Has this link expired again? I'm not having any luck.

Natalie said...

I was working in a music store when this came out and even though we played the c*ap out of the album I had never seen the video until now. I was poor and had no TV so if the didn't play it on the monitors at the clubs I was at then I never saw it.

arob71 said...

Ah, it's working now. Fantastic!

Anonymous said...

you are the greatest ever right now to me! I have been trying to find this song and group on all kinds of site for about 5 yrs now. I heard screams of passion on the radio last saturday night on a live broadcast at Taboo two in Roswell georgia and I was going there to ask the DJ where he got the copy from and to see if he could duplicate it for me this friday, but you have saved me the trouble now Thanks again Terri

Anonymous said...

Hi there!

I think the password for the GrabIt link may hve expired again.

Any chance it could be re-activated?

Many thanks (in advance)

Kevin Sartori said...

I just checked it and it still works fine. If you're having problems, email me and I'll send you the direct download link.

Anonymous said...

Great job Kevin, thanks ! I was always looking forward to this one.

Anonymous said...

You don't know what a relief it was to find this!
The only problem is I can't open the file :(

I used the profile you supplied, but alas...it won't work :(

Any suggestions?

Anonymous said...

Ignore my previous comment. I realized you cannot use Unarchiver any password protected rar arhives

I used another tool and got things working.

You're the GREATEST!

Anonymous said...

Thank you thank you thank you! I have been looking for "River Run Dry" for years!

Pratl Power said...

Thanks. As long as I've been a Prince fan I never knew of this...or maybe I did and old age is setting in on me! Either way, thanks!

Donald DeFreeze said...

Hey now. Could you please repost this? It doesn't unzip properly. Great site you have here...

Kevin Sartori said...

Donald DeFreeze, did you check out the big red Please Read This First section at the top of the page?

;)

You might be using the wrong program to extract the password protected archive.

The Armpit Formerly Known As Stink said...

Hey Kevin! I'm still only downloading it, but thank you thank you thank you!!!

I've been searching for Nothing Compares 2 U by the Family for quite a few days now, and i could find it only here in your post :D

A suggestion - this post shows up only if you search in google for the album. If u search for any individual song, this doesn't show for atleast a few pages. Maybe you could add some tags or something so that it shows up in more searches.

Once again, thanks!!

Paul Peterson said...

Nice review!
Thanks

St Paul -

Don't forget to come and hang out with us on:
twitter
http://twitter.com/family2point0
Myspace
http://www.myspace.com/allthewayvogue
and Facebook
http://bit.ly/90oxX

Look for the new record SOON!!!!

Anonymous said...

Grazie, thanks, era na vita che lo cercavo..... davvero un grande regalo

bernin said...

AWESOME - thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

FINALLY! I have had this ablum since 1985... Thank you for posting this. I have been searching for a copy of this since 4ever! You have made my day.

Big Chuck said...

Good Lookin', I've been searching for this for awhile to complete my Prince collection. Already have Madhouse 8...

The Kid said...

You do not believe how damn long I have been looking for this. You are the MF-in man!Thank you!

Kelli said...

Thanks a million! I had this on cassette but lost it. I really loved this album, it takes me back...I was looking for the cd version so I'm so glad you posted this.

Adam said...

THANK YOU! This is one of my favorite albums and I was always pissed it never came out in the USA on CD. Used to see it in record stores as a $100 import, back when the Black Album was a serious bootleg as well. This is rocking iTunes!

Kay L said...

I tried 2 download this album The Family - 1985 but was unsuccessful. The file with the RAR extention wouldn't download without an error message. Can you give me step by step directions or an alternate way 2 download this album?

I would really appreciate it.

Kay (Goddess Kay)

SCG said...

ty ty ty! i still have the original album too!

Anonymous said...

I lost this on my last computer but, thanks to you, have found it again.

I look forward to seeing what the new band does, especially since St. Paul doesn't have to hold back, He's got a great voice.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for this download..I have been searching for ages! :)

Anonymous said...

Followed your perfect and easy instructions and I'm now enjoying the sounds of The Family. Thanks for making this rare gem available to us all again!

seangayle said...

You are the BEST. Ive been looking for the extended version of Screams of Passion for 25 years...

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Many Thanks!!!!!!

Karia L. said...

I finally have the complete album now. It was so simple to download. Thanks for posting this blog.

Goddess Kay :)

Funky Skynet said...

I'm in search of every Prince's artists & productions. I have discovered "The Family" on YouTube 5 mn ago, and now i download the album on your blog. Thank you !

Lars Sørensen said...

Thank you for this gem including outtake and extended version. Funny to see that the record still attracts attention after so many years. The first post here is from november 2007 and the posts just keep comming - fabulous :-)

Dark Gable said...

Wow. Thanks for posting. Love that old school.

Steven Bascom said...

The Album was also released on CD in Germany. I have a Copy.co

73566728-3b8e-11e0-a88d-000bcdcb471e said...

any chance this could be reactivated? I have been searching for this album for years and just came across this blog entry. I would really appreciate it

Kevin Sartori said...

I just checked and the share is still available at Megaupload. Please try clicking that DOWNLOAD link again!

Jay said...

INCREDIBLE- the link still works! much appreciated bro

bryan said...

Where do I begin?

HOLY COW!

I bought this cassette the year it was released and lost it in the early 90s while in the Navy only to find it again at my parent's home in the late 90s only to lose it again before I had a chance to rip it.

I think Sinead O'Connor is a very talented artist, but nothing compares to the original version of "Nothing Compares..."

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

kpw said...

THANK YOU! Been looking to download this forever.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this great post! I find it humorous that no one has commented or seemed to notice that the lead singer/bassist/keyboardist for The Family posted on this thread two years ago (St. Paul Peterson). The band is back together (with exception of Jerome) under a new name (FDeluxe -- thanks to the little purple jerk who still owns "The Family" name). Their new album comes out Sept. 27, 2011 -- samples up on iTunes now.

Morten Besshø said...

Thanx for posting these fabulous tunes!

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been uploaded to MediaFire and is available now!

Kneel said...

Much thanks for sharing, you rock! Been looking for this for ages...

andrew valentine said...

Any chance this can be re-uploaded?

Thanks

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been re-uploaded to MediaFire and is available now!

andrew valentine said...

Amazing! Thanks a lot.

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been re-uploaded to MediaFire and is available now!

Anonymous said...

It's down again. Might I suggest rapidgator?

Kevin Sartori said...

Thanks for the heads up! Share has been re-uploaded to Rapidgator and is available now!

11727379847591823822938928412897487u59276018209fj90 said...

Cool blog bro.

Anonymous said...

Thank you thank you thank you thank you!!! :)

Anonymous said...

cant seem to get rapidgator to work. loads of popups and seemingly malware. shame....

Kevin Sartori said...

I know, Rapidgator is really annoying that way!

Let me see if I can help. When you click on the "DOWNLOAD" link, you'll be taken to a Rapidgator download page. They want to sell you premium membership, but you don't need it to download from them. Click on the gray button labeled "SLOW SPEED DOWNLOAD". You'll see a 45 second countdown timer. When it reaches zero, you'll be taken to another page where you'll have to type in a captcha. If you've never done that before, it's their way of making sure you're not a machine! Type in the letters you see in the graphic in the "Your Answer" box and then click the "Send" button. Finally, if you typed it in correctly, you'll be taken to another page. Uncheck the box next to "Download with Rapidgator's download manager" and then click the orange "CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD" button and the zip file will start downloading.

One more note, some of the ads that show up are designed to look like download links, with big orange "DOWNLOAD" graphics and such. They're trying to trick you into clicking those! Follow my directions and you should be able to get the music!

Sorry that I had to start using the more complicated Rapidgator over MediaFire, but MediaFire started removing some of my shares, so I had to switch.

If you keep having trouble, let me know and I'll get it to you another way!

Kevin Sartori said...

Another good option (the one I use) is free downloading software such as Mipony or JDownloader that are designed to deal with grabbing files from sites like Rapidgator and MediaFire, without all the nonsense.

Anonymous said...

thank you so much man.

Kevin Sartori said...

For improved sound quality, I re-encoded the CD with the latest version of the LAME MP3 encoder. Because Rapidgator has become unreliable, the share has been uploaded to Game Front and is available now!

Anonymous said...

HI...I ADD THIS LP THAT I LOVE SO MUCH AND LOST IT WHEN MY HARD DRIVE CRASH...IT SEEMS THAT DOWNLOADING IS NOT WORKING...MESSAGE 403 FORBIDDEN...CAN YOU FIX IT PLEASE...
THANKS IN ADVANCE

Kevin Sartori said...

I just checked and the share is still available from Game Front. Maybe try again?

Suzy Sooyoung said...

Hey I hope I'm not being a dumb internet user but I don't think the Game Front link is working :(

Kevin Sartori said...

Sorry for the late reply, but I just checked and the share is still available from Game Front. Maybe try again?

Anonymous said...

Sorry but it seems like the gamefront link doesn't work do you reload it elsewhere

Kevin Sartori said...

I just checked it and it works fine. It says it's been downloaded 53 times in the past two weeks. Maybe try again?

Anonymous said...

Turn off Ad Blocker if you're using it

Mauricio Rojas said...

Greeting from Venezuela! I downloaded this Album (with a proxy) and I like it so much!! It's a very good piece of Experimental Music, very interesting.

Thank you from upload this!!

Kevin Sartori said...

Share has been uploaded to Uploaded.net and is available now!

Anonymous said...

expect more traffic in the next couple of weeks. we're all hurting really bad right now and a lot of us are trying to update what we lost over the years. you know what i'm talking about. i can't even type HIS name because it still feels...wrong. this wasn't supposed to happen.
anyway, thanks for having this up. i hope you're coping as best you can.

taffysaur said...

crying right now as i just got finished listening to Nothing Compares...
Thanks so much for sharing this... SUCH a golden album! Can't believe I might have gone my whole life never having heard this!