THE FAMILY - 'Scene Through The Eye Of A Lens'/'Gypsy Woman' (Liberty LBF 15031) Oct 1967

October '67 signalled on record, the arrival of cult Leicester group The Family whose debut single 'Scene Through The Eye Of A Lens' not only had a trippy title but was also one of the very best psychedelic records from England (and there were many killers).

'Scene' starts off real slow with Roger Chapman's famous warble combined with a hypnotic slightly eastern sound. But mid way into this psychedelic classic the pulsating lysergic rhythms take the listener beyond the stars.

The flip 'Gypsy Woman' is a straight blues song with no hint of acid.

Sadly, I don't have an original 45 (expect to pay close to £200 for a mint copy) but both sides of this Liberty single were added to the late 90s re-issue of 'Music In A Doll's House' on See For Miles. I bought this album on CD again just for 'Scene'.

The song was compiled in the 80s on Electric Sugar Cube Flashbacks Volume 1 in poor sound.

Record Mirror - 14/10/67


  1. What a great record! I love the fuzz guitar playing a snippet of the melody of Holst's classic piece "Mars The Bringer Of War" during the rave up after the final vocals have stopped! Brilliant touch!

  2. brilliant post! got to be one of the best psychedelic 45s ever, definitely top 5. And now I know where to find it on cd! thanks!



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