Listen – The Family Affair – Let’s get Together – MP3
Here we are, it’s Friday again and I’m going to close out the week with something plucked fresh off the vine (as it were) during my digs down in Washington, DC last weekend.
I was mainly on the prowl for soul and funk, but I did pull a couple of nice pieces of 60s pop (all of which will eventually be featured here). One of them is pretty much a mystery record, since no matter how much I look for information (my Google hand is usually unfuckwithable) I come up with snake eyes.
This may have something to do with the fact that the name of the group, The Family Affair is so vague/common that proper Google-i-zation is practically impossible, not to mention the fact that the song in question, ‘Let’s Get Together’ was heavily covered in its day, and as a title is also open to wide search engine interpretation.
No matter. It’s a cool side.
The Youngblood’s version of ‘Get Together’ is one of my favorite records of the 60s and is about as iconic as songs get. As soon as I saw the title I pulled the 45 out and put it on the “to be previewed’ stack, where it soon proved a worthwhile purchase.
The arrangement is actually very interesting, opening with a phased organ, which gives way to steel guitar, female and male harmony vocals, strings and eventually some fairly heavy guitar.
This single was released in 1969 – prime hippie period when one would assume that there were countless versions of this song being recorded – and I dig it a lot. The copy I have has the same song on both sides. The stock copy should have a tune called ‘Crazy Morning’ on the flip.
If any of you brave souls has any more info on the group, please drop me a line and let me know.
I hope you dig the record, and I’ll be back on Monday.