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The Family can refer to 6 different artists: an American R&B band, a British country/folk/blues band, a psychedelic blues/country/tropicalia band, and an 2 different Australian bands a punk grunge type band, a lo-fi electronica group, and an American 60’s garage rock/sunshine pop outfit…

1)The first being The Family that were a R&B band signed to Prince’s record label Paisley Park Records. The band has recently reformed under the name “F-deluxe,” and has a new download available on their new site,

The band consisted of remaining members of The Time (Jellybean Johnson, Jerome Benton and St. Paul Peterson), Eric Leeds (brother of Prince’s tour manager Alan Leeds) and Susannah Melvoin, the twin sister of Wendy Melvoin, who was Prince’s guitarist in his band The Revolution and the other half of the duo Wendy & Lisa.

The band’s material was composed entirely by Prince, with the exception of “River Run Dry”, which was written by Bobby “Z” Rivkin. Prince wrote and performed all the other tracks and simply overdubbed Paul and Susannah’s vocals and added saxophone by Leeds.

The project turned out to be short-lived. Peterson opted to pursue his own career and Prince absorbed most of the remaining members into The Revolution (with the exception of Johnson, who went on to join the Flyte Tyme music production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis). The band did, however perform a single concert and released a self-titled album.


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  • RussellChap

    Susannah Melvoin was HOT ;-)

    25 Nov 2011 Reply

    Wow found a vinyl rip of this and it sounds FREAKING AMAZING! :)

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
  • bookie31

    Where can I download the album

    8 Aug 2011 Reply
  • llehcin

    They're back!!! Now called Fdeluxe. Check for them on FB.

    6 Apr 2011 Reply
  • daythetime

    this is the music that makes me smile and get groovie The Family "scream of passion"

    23 Nov 2009 Reply
  • tonecapone22

    Who has this album??and is willing to share...fucking hard to find!!!!!!! had it back in the day now...nothing!

    11 Oct 2009 Reply
  • stpaulinc

    Hey all - come and check out "F-deluxe" the band formerly known as "The Family." We have a new rough mix to download by visiting our new website: Check it out!!

    26 Aug 2009 Reply
  • wisemama

    I KNEW I WASN'T CRAZY!!!!! it seems nobody knew what I was talking about, but I found you guys!!!!!!

    14 Jun 2009 Reply
  • DutchDavehead

    It appears they're still around!

    25 Apr 2009 Reply
  • llehcin

    Too bad they didn't stick around. Great band with a great sound.

    8 Feb 2009 Reply
  • trediggidy

    I have this album in MP3 good quality.

    26 Nov 2008 Reply
  • djwildman

    I'm a professional DJ of over 20 years who has been searching for this LP/CD. I just can't beleive it. WOW There is a cut on it called "Nothing compares to you" In my opinion the original. before skinhead O-conner recorded it, or should I say ruined it. I'm SUPER impressed. WOW. I wish I had it on wax again. Depressing.

    7 Oct 2008 Reply
  • jgreer3000

    I have this joint on vinyl. I really need to transfer it to mp3.

    21 Aug 2008 Reply
  • maxwellveli

    PRINCE HAS A NEW PROTEGE! click on "the test drive" video

    12 Jul 2008 Reply
  • mac800

    Silly record companies sitting on great albums like this and not putting it up for sale. How difficult is it? No disc, no cover art to print, and we provide the money! All they have to do is provide a server and maybe a lossless format such as WAV. I bought the album in vinyl, how about streaming some bits?

    25 Jun 2008 Reply
  • UndercovaBrotha

    Mutiny is the shit... I kinda wish Prince kept it for himself and put it on the Parade album.

    13 Mar 2008 Reply
  • BamBus3000

    i have it. well i downloaded it.

    12 Mar 2008 Reply
  • tx8204

    Does anyone have this CD?? I remember this was released as CD more than 10 years ago.

    3 Feb 2008 Reply
  • johnspithead

    Hoorah! I've just transferred my vinyl copy of the album to CD!

    5 Jan 2008 Reply
  • mwchurst

    Once again, Prince way ahead of the pack. Great album. Did it ever get released on CD? Remember buying it when was released on vinyl.

    25 Sep 2007 Reply
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