- Audio CD (5 Sept. 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording reissued
- Label: Wienerworld
- ASIN: B005FQH7DC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Better By Far Original recording reissued
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This album is considered by some Caravan fans as too 'commercial' laying the blame for this on its producer, Tony Visconti. This is a little unfair. It perhaps doesn't break new ground but it still contains some great tunes, I find the title track is difficult to stop humming once you've heard it.
It got somewhat lost back in the late 70s, as I'm sure some other good albums did, under the tide of punk and new wave music which was sweeping the music scene, so I hope that it will now get the attention and listeners it deserves.
The overall sound is not as good as the classic Decca albums, but then Decca recordings from the late 60s and early 70s tend to surpass those from other recording companies, not just those of Caravan but also Camel and the Moody Blues to name just two; but it's pretty good.
So well done Eclectic for this re-release, along with the two earlier re-releases of the Kingdom albums.
Alright it may not be Grey & Pink but it still has a lot to offer and although very much of it's time the material is strong enough to survive the passage of time.
Some of Pye's lyrics may be a little bit of a pastiche of former Caravan glories but the melodies are all in place and the playing as expected is off a very high standard
And any album that includes The Last Unicorn can't be all bad - one of my favourite all time instrumental pieces it's filled with glorious melodic flair and twists and turns - there's enough in it's 5 minute plus duration for a certain Mr Oldfield to get an album's worth out of
But it's the beautiful 'Nightmare' that crowns this album. Possibly Pye's best song ever, it is played sinuously and sung with a rare delicacy and emotion.
I've been waiting a long while to replace my vinyl recording which is now worn out.
If you like cunning stunts then there is nothing on this record that strays far from that mid 70's feel. Excellent use of the electric viola. Richard C is such an inventive yet no nonsense drummer. I'd happily recommend it. it took 20 years...but eventually I think I can say.... it was worth buying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't believe I bought this pile of crap!
I'm their biggest fan, with most of their albums, but this is the worst thing they ever done!
Did they make it for a bet?
This isnt classic Caravan, its not even reasonable Caravan.
Its an insipid piece of dross.
I`m not unhappy that I bought it as I own most of their other albums, but a... Read more