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All In The Family


All In The Family
All In The Family

Atlantic Records
SD 7210


From the original vinyl LP

Side One:

1. Those Were The Days - Theme

2. Why God Made Hands (2:14)

3. Sweety Pie Roger (3:00)

4. Transplants (2:51)

5. A Station Wagon Filled With Nuns (3:55)

6. No Ribs? (4:00)

Side Two:

1. Do You Love Me? 

2. God Is Black (3:27)

3. VD Day (1:53)

4. Archie's Hangup (0:55)

5. Baked Souffle & Women's Lib (2:30)

6. Jury Duty (4:14)

7. Shove Yours


All In The Family is created and produced by Norman Lear and directed by John Rich.
A Bud Yorkin-Norman Lear Tandem Production


Produced by Shel Kagan


About "All In The Family"

The story of ALL IN THE FAMILY is a story of people who persisted in their belief that the American television audience really wanted something better than it was getting. 

Four years ago, writer Norman Lear conceived the idea for an American version of TIL DEATH US DO PART, a British television show that had successfully tossed darts at the Queen, Parliament, and just about every other beloved institution in England.

Translating the setting was the easy part; the show was built around Archie Bunker, and old-fashioned, middle class blue collar worker living in Queens, N.Y.

For part of that portrait, Lear drew on remembrances of his own father. Archie's wife Edit, the "dingbat," though bowed under the weight of her husband's misplaced invective, still managed to wind up with the last word most of the time, though Archie remained sublimely oblivious to her little triumphs. For that matter, so did she.

Getting the show on the air proved no easy task. ABC saw the pilot (entitled THOSE WERE THE DAYS) in 1968, bought it up, then shelved it for fear that American viewers would find it too strong. Eventually they sold it to CBS, where programming VP Bob Wood decided the public reaction would be favorable.

Even so, when ALL IN THE FAMILY was put on the air as a mid-season replacement  - on January 12, 1971 - CBS prefaced it with the following announcement: "The program you are about to see ... seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices and concerns. By making them a source of laughter we hope to show - in a mature fashion - just how absurd they are." CBS anticipated a volley of calls and had operators manning switchboards. To everyone's delight almost all of the calls were favorable.

The rest, as the saying goes, is history. The show stayed low in the ratings - 66th - until word-of-mouth pushed it to the #1 spot in a matter of months. The Bunkers are now television's most popular family, and it is estimated that the total audience for that single weekly half hour is on the order of 40 million viewers.

The Bunkers sure have a lot of friends 


Contributing Writers: Norman Lear, Burt Styler, Jerry Mayer, Don Nicholl & Bryan Joseph, Philip Mishkin & Rob Reiner, Sandy Stern, Susan Harris

Those Were The Days theme written by Lee Adams and Charles Strouse
All In The Family Closing Theme wri
tten by Roger Kelloway

Musical Themes (C) 1971 by New Tandem Music Co. (ASCAP)

All other material (C) 1971 by Tandem Productions, Inc.

Original Sound Mixing: Norman Dawes
Thanks for technical assistance to Gene Paul of Atlantic, Tom Hummer of Elektra and Bruce Ellison of Wally Heider Studios.

Atlantic Recording Corporation
1841 Broadway, New York, New York 10023
(C) (P) 1971 Atlantic Recording Corporation

Printed in U.S.A.

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