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If I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do It All Over You [Original recording remastered]

Caravan Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca - Pop
  • ASIN: B00005A46U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,127 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. And I Wish I Were Stoned / Don't Worry 8:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. As I Feel I Die 5:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. With An Ear To The Ground You Can Make It 9:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Asforteri 1:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Can't Be Long Now14:21Album Only
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Listen  9. A Day In The Life Of Maurice Haylett 5:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. And I Wish I Were Stoned (Demo Version) 4:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Hello Hello (Demo Version) 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. As I Feel I Die (Demo Version) 4:37£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Although doomed to play second fiddle to Canterbury contemporaries Soft Machine, Caravan delivered much music of merit; and If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You--their second album, originally released in 1970--stands as their best. There was always a slightly wistful, pastoral quality to Caravan's music, and that's what comes across here, from its lush green cover to the music inside. Pye Hastings' voice is soft and enticing, particularly on "With an Ear to the Ground You Can Make It". Back then, shortness was not seen as a virtue, and in keeping with the mood of the times, "Can't Be Long Now" clocks in at a hefty 14 minutes. But Caravan could also be disciplined, as the single "Hello Hello" demonstrates. Bolstered by four intriguing bonus tracks and thorough new sleeve notes, If I Could Do It All Over Again... should bring back a host of happy memories. --Patrick Humphries

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most played album in my collection - brilliant! 31 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
I bought this in 1972 because of its hippy/freak overtones and after I'd seen the band live. It soon became the most played record in my collection. On the surface it appears frivolous but on increasing listening one soon realises it's a real jazz/rock masterpiece. The range of instruments played is interesting (including hedge-clippers) but this album is really dominated by David Sinclair's mastery of the hammond organ. A real treasure, I'm so glad I can now get it on CD and give my vinyl a rest!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply beyond words 25 Sep 2005
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I came across this after reading the reviews on Amazon. My only regret is the years I've missed without it! There is a pastoral, autumny feel with Caravan, which can at only moment transcend into any given season. This album has it all, superb musicianship, great hooks, and sensitivity in abundance. Once in every few years an album grabs my attention. In this case it has, and won't let go! I couldn't recommend it enough....enjoy!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caravan Sublime Music 14 Jun 2006
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Having been a big fan of Caravan in the 70's through listening To the Land of Grey and Pink, I finally got around to buying this a few weeks ago, it reminded me why I liked Caravan all those years ago, great songwriting and superb muscianship. It is a great album and I wish I hadn't waited nearly 30 years to listen to it. Still all good things come to those who wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply perfect in every way! 26 May 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had forgotten how good this album was until I bought the remastered version recently on CD. I used to have the vinyl LP when I was a teenager and loved it very much back then, along with Caravan's other early masterpieces, "In the Land of Grey andPink" and "For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night". I have already replaced those other two LPs with CDs - and they both still sound stunningly good! - and now it was the turn for "If I Could Do It All Over Again....".

Quite honestly, these three albums of Caravan's must rank amongst the very best of English progressive rock, certainly on a par with anything that more exalted bands like Genesis, Yes and Pink Floyd had to offer. Somehow they failed to attract the sort of commercial success that those other bands did - but, believe me, that was only ever due to marketing trickery rather than any lack of musical quality.

Sumptuous melodies that will stay with you for ever, beautiful sung harmonies, integration of keyboards and wind instruments into the rock band format in an almost perfect fashion - this album is simply stunning.

The remastered sound quality is very good. The bonus tracks are good too, but they are not the reason I bought the CD, which was to have a much loved LP, in its original form, back in my collection again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, singular and uplifting 21 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
Although its follow-up '...Grey and Pink' is more frequently hailed as the best Caravan album, I personally prefer this, their second effort. Though I'm not too well-versed in their mid-1970s period (my preference seems to have wandered off towards Hatfield & The North with Richard Sinclair and his bass guitar) I still say this with some confidence. '...Grey and Pink' is more streamlined and features a more mature approach to constructing the pop hooks that never fail to reel people in, but '...Do It All Over Again' has a far better structure and flow to it, faring much better as a listening experience and unhindered by the logistical difficulties of trying to tastefully dump a vast, side-long epic into its duration.

The melodies and chord progressions are light years away from the jazzy complexities the Canterbury scene had to offer by 1974 and beyond, but many are sweet and beautiful in their own right and instantly memorable. They are easily traceable to the simple, naive charms of the psychedelic pop scene that Caravan themselves began as part of. Jimmy Hastings again makes his presence felt on the classic 'For Richard' suite, providing the excellent brass & woodwind touches that livened up several excellent albums of the era. Elsewhere, the pairing of Pye Hastings and Richard Sinclair was never more equal and more sensitive to each other's vocal and compositional strengths than herein, making this arguably the most balanced album ever to feature these two distinctive musicians.

It's a very breezy listen, full of excellent musicianship and still rooted in the late 60s British psych-pop scene, making it a decent companion piece to an album like Soft Machine's 'Volume Two'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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I've been exploring the realms of Prog Rock for a few years now, King Crimson, Coliseum and the like. I'm also a bit of a folkie, with a lot of Pentangle and Fairport in my CD collection. Someone suggested I try this as something that would fit in with both genres.

This is a great album. The feel is very pastoral English, and makes me think of autumn evenings, picnics by the river, walks through the forest and the like. Very much like The Kinks 'Village Green Preservation Society'. The tracks are often quite long and loose, typical prog rock style, but never seem to outstay their welcome. They aren't 'rockers' though, musically this sounds like folk blended with 60's pop. There are some odd combinations going on here, but the whole thing works, through strong song writing, excellent musicianship, very nice vocals, and a good 'feel' for what the next logical step should be in a track.

To sum up - A very folky feeling album with a fair bit of experimentalism going on, which works really well. Laid back, relaxing, and note perfect. Recommended to anyone who likes Fairport, Steeleye Span, pastoral era Kinks, and 'Songs from the Wood' era Jethro Tull.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I first saw Caravan at last years Cambridge Rock Fest and allthough i am somewhat shall we say getting on a bit and have been into music for as long as i can remember and had herd... Read more
Published 5 months ago by christopher todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Caravan CD
Love it. Too young to have experienced the hippy scene but this is a good taste. Music that plays endlessly in your head after hearing it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Richard Merson
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic prog
One of the great bands of the 70's and possibly their best album. I sought this one out after many yearsbecause one of the songs had stayed with me very strongly.
Published 10 months ago by D. A. Channing
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Album
This, the second album, are when Caravan really start becoming good and the style is more defined. Some of the songs are quite long, which became a feature of Caravan albums.
Published 11 months ago by G. D. Mcallen
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost
OK. "In The Land Of Grey And Pink" is their best album. We all know that. There have been countless other wonderful moments too. "If I could Do It All Over Again... Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by Andrew B Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars It really hasn't got a title
I'll be honest, when I first heard this album I wasn't impressed at all. There were too major stumbling blocks. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2010 by csiedmo
5.0 out of 5 stars a blast from the past
A strong album from the turn of the decade (1969-1970)which deserves a wider audience. Great fun, lovely cover photo and music that leaves you wondering why you can't find this... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2010 by Samuel Pyke
5.0 out of 5 stars how come?
How come I never heard this one before now? I always loved "In The Land Of Grey And Pink" but I just never got around to listening to this album, although the first track was... Read more
Published on 1 Oct 2010 by IceBear
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're deported to a desert island
Basically, it's all been said in the other (more expert) reviews.
You will not understand why you hadn't heard about this album before, and you will be sorry for the lost time... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2010 by Al Most
4.0 out of 5 stars Obscure and complex
Something has provoked me to write a review of this, the first I've done in ages - I think that 'something' is the complexity of an album that entirely failed to be what I expected... Read more
Published on 2 May 2008 by Robert Smith
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