Having been formed out of the remnants of Morris Day’s The Time back in 1984, Prince asked keyboard player St. Paul Peterson to step up to the mic to front The Family along with a newly added vocalist, Susannah Melvoin, twin sister of Wendy Melvoin (Wendy and Lisa), saxophonist/flutist extraordinaire, Eric Leeds (Prince, George Clinton, Chaka Khan, among others) and legendary funk drummer, Jellybean Johnson (The Time, Janet Jackson, George Michael, Mint Condition).
Prince produced and released The Family’s first self-titled LP in 1985, which featured the very first version of the smash hit, “Nothing Compares 2 U” and a top ten hit in “Screams Of Passion.”
Fast forward to just a few years ago. The Family had been on an extended, but amicable break, while still staying in touch when long-time friend, Sheila E. convinced the group to participate in a benefit concert at the LA Forum. The following year, friend and fan, ?uestlove from The Roots, would do the same, prompting The Family out for a return jam at his post-Grammy party. Finally, after the better part of two decades, it stuck.
fDeluxe is the new creative palette for Peterson, Melvoin, Leeds and Johnson. Gaslight combines the essence of the original Family album with the band’s subsequent influences and diverse musical journeys, including contributions from Wendy & Lisa, Doyle Bramall (Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks) Oliver Leiber (Kesha, Adam Lambert) and more.
released 27 September 2011
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