A Whole New Thing
One of the great debuts in funk history, A Whole New Thing lives up to its title, mingling elements from James Brown's syncopated proto-funk, Hendrix's hard-driving rock and the social upheaval brewing in the Bay Area at the time. The focus is on the bottom-end, and many of the tracks ("If This Room Could Talk" and "I Hate to Love Her") seem skeletal and rudimentary compared with their later work. But there's still the hint of euphoria in "Turn Me Loose" and "Underdog" that characterized the Family's best '60s work. This reissue has been remastered and includes the previously unreleased instrumental version of "You Better Help Yourself."