Yes, this is a good album, not least due to it having been written entirely (if memory serves) by Pye Hastings (no credits are indicated on my CD copy).
But by now, like so many other great exponents of that uniquely British phenomenon progressive rock, Caravan were feeling the onslaught of the horrible, sewage-laden tide of punk rock and New Wave. This album has the almost wistful air of a band who knew that their era was passing into history. Gone were the great John G. Perry on bass and Dave Sinclair on keyboards, each of whom had been such quintessential elements of the band's 1973 masterpiece, For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night.
But, for all that, this was a worthy reprise of their heyday, with several fine songs and an overall feeling of being a coherent album project rather than just a collection of tracks, under the solid production of David Hitchcock at Basing Street studios, with Django Johnny Punter at the desk. DJP also did the mixing, at AIR studios.
The quality of the transfer to digital is a bit of a disaster, particularly in the upper registers, which sound glassy and digital (no details of who did the remastering or where or when are provided), which is surprising for a Repertoire reissue, but it just about makes the grade. Blind Dog isn't quite up there with the likes of The Land Of Grey and Pink or For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night, it must be said, but not it's not at all bad either. A properly remastered edition would probably be considerably better.