Family Tree - The Four Best Songs from MISS BUTTERS





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Uploaded on Feb 29, 2008

San Fransisco's Family Tree were formed by Bob Segarini and Bill Whittington, who had played in the Brogues (of "I Ain't No Miracle Worker" fame).

Here are the best songs from the Family Tree's sole album, MISS BUTTERS, which is notable for being an early concept album (released about a year before the Who's TOMMY). MISS BUTTERS tells the story of a grade school teacher who, although beloved by her students, leads a lonely, solitary life:

1) "Mrs. McPheeny"
2) "Butters' Lament"
3) "Lesson Book Life"
4) "Nickelodeon Music" ("Do You Have the Time")

"Butters' Lament" was cowritten by Harry Nilsson, who was also recording for RCA at the time and whose early albums were produced by Rick Jarrard, the producer of MISS BUTTERS. Nilsson's (unreleased at the time) version of "Butters' Lament" appears as a bonus track on the European Camden Deluxe 2-CD reissue of his first two albums and AERIAL PANDEMONIUM BALLET.

A slightly different version of "Nickelodeon Music" was released as a single in 1967 under the title "Do You Have the Time." For this reason I've included both song titles.


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