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For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night [Original recording remastered]

Caravan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca - Pop
  • ASIN: B00005A0UX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss 9:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hoedown 3:170.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Surprise, Surprise 4:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. C'thlu Thlu 6:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Dog, The Dog, He's At It Again 5:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Be Alright / Chance Of A Lifetime 6:330.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. L'Auberge Du Sanglier / A Hunting We Shall Go / Pengola / Backwards / A Hunting We Shall Go - Reprise10:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss (US Mix) 9:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Be Alright / Chance Of A Lifetime 5:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Memory Lain, Hugh 4:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Surprise, Surprise 3:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Derek's Long Thing10:58Album Only

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pye Hastings' Finest Hour 16 Mar 2006
By Wezzy
Format:Audio CD
It was 1973, and after the magnificent "Land of Grey and Pink" but less "Caravan-ish" "Waterloo Lily", bassist Richard Sinclair had joined Hatfield and the North to pursue his jazz-rock urges, his cousin and Caravan keyboardist Dave Sinclair had left as well, and all looked pretty depressing. But Dave returned to the fold. In the mean-time, Pye had come up with some fantastic songs and recruited viola player Geoff Richardson (with Caravan to this day) and Jon Perry on bass. The result was "For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night", a brilliant return to form, full of eccentic English prog, accompanied by string and brass sections. The climax of the album - "Pengola / Backwards..." is orchestral prog rock par excellence, the main theme being lifted by Pye from a Mike Ratledge riff off the track "Slightly All The Time" from Soft Machine's "Third" album. For Caravan fans who think the group was nothing without Richard Sinclair, think again after listening to this.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Started With This Album 7 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
Until recently, "prog" for me consisted of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Genesis, Yes & Tull. King Crimson are just too hard! That is, until I read in MOJO about the "Canterbury Sound" and bands like Caravan, Soft Machine and Camel.

From nefarious sources, I obtained a copy of "For Girls..." and was blown away. I now own a legal copy! Wonderful intelligent, melodic songs played superbly if not ostentatiously. There are more ideas on this album than in a lifetime of albums by many of the so-called rock greats. Just when you think there's nothing new under the sun, there's....Caravan. I went on and bought two more Caravan albums on the strength of this one, and it doesn't actually rate as their supposed best album!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY IT! 5 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Quite frankly one of the best albums ever made IMHO. This album is possibly Caravan's finest hour. To prove it, many songs from it are played each year at the annual gig in Diss. Certainly if you were looking for a Caravan album to start your collection you could do much worse than this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unquestionably their best 19 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have very little to add to all the other positive reviews of this 1973 classic. It was the only one of their albums with John G. Perry on bass, who seems to have exerted a strange and powerfully positive influence on the entire proceedings, despite not having actually written any of the music (almost all of that was undertaken by the redoubtable Mr Julian Hastings), with the five man lineup excellently rounded off by Peter Geoffrey Richardson on viola ~ a master stroke, if ever. Apart from that, this is a superbly confident and coherent album that marked the pinnacle of their career.

One other thing ~ the new "Digitally remastered" sticker is completely phony, as the current issue sounds no different from (if anything, marginally inferior to) the original from 1990. All you get is a few previously unreleased tracks, none of which is particularly inspiring, and extended sleeve notes. This is all the more annoying, in view of the fact that after all these years, it really could benefit from skilled remastering. The mere pretence of having done so is, therefore, decidedly reprehensible. I did raise this with someone whose e-mail address is shown in the jewel case insert, but he wasn't having any of it ~ must have been brainwashed, because I know what my ears tell me and I compared the two side by side.

But the album itself will always be one of the greats of its era and the high point of this much loved band's career.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plumptious 18 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having first heard their earlier albums, 'If I Could...' and 'In The Land Of Grey And Pink,' this one surprised me. While those two albums have an airy, late 1960s feel and a sharper production, 'For Girls...' is more abrasive and heavier. 'Memory Lain, Hugh/Headloss' is the kind of driving rock that you don't get on the earlier material. At one point, 'Headloss' sounds more like a Wishbone Ash number. With the woodwind and brass, however, you get more than guitar rock. Geoffrey Richardson's viola also gives the band more options. He gets his first party piece on 'Hoedown' with a riff that mimics a lead guitar.

Although Caravan never really did great 'songs' as such, 'The Dog, The Dog...' is an exception, with a lovely ascending melody and a lyric designed to face off against prudery. 'Be Alright' returns to more abrasive rock territory and the album proper concludes with one of those multi-part compositions that they're so fond of. It's more of a mood piece with drastic shifts in style and an orchestra thrown in. It noodles around ineffectually at first but improves with repeated plays.

The playing is turbulent and quite intense across the album. Caravan were already well-rehearsed for this album, having played much of the material live. Of the extra tracks, only 'Derek's Long Thing' (another title from the school of 'Carry On' humour) is completely new. Its eleven minutes are pleasant enough, led off by one of their less-favoured instruments, the piano, but it isn't as good as anything on the original album. I'm not convinced that this is better than the earlier material but it's a great album nevertheless and the band seem more energised than ever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for boys who like good music at night 17 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Apart from its nice price, everything about this recording is just right. The hard work obviously put into it, combined with the inspiration that was a hallmark of so many groups of the late sixties-early seventies, and the general high quality of Caravan's work, makes for an excellent album. I was afraid this one couldn't match their earlier efforts (especially "If I could..." and "...Grey and Pink") but my fears were unfounded. Well-crafted, jazzy rock that carries you along effortlessly. Lovely stuff! Even the cover art is just right (despite the comment in the well-written liner notes that suggests the girl they wanted to depict on the original sleeve was to be much closer to the original Eve prototype). And the bonus tracks add over 33 minutes of equally enjoyable alternative versions and unreleased material for thore who still want more. So, 1973 was not such a bad year, after all, despite the fact that most of the music around at the time was to be eclipsed by -yes, you guessed it- the dark side of the moon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased as a gift for my wife
Brought back memories of an earlier time when life was simpler and much easier than today and it was only 41 years ago and my daughter was just a bump..........................
Published 3 months ago by Phil Co
5.0 out of 5 stars adorable
for my generation you will remember this and for anybody under 35, you should get to know this wonderful music, not to be missed
Published 3 months ago by N. Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly wonderful Caravan album
After the patchy 'Waterloo Lily' this 1973 release sees Caravan in excellent form despite the departure of bass player Richard Sinclair. In his place arrived John G. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars the best ever.
Not a dud track on the whole album.
There's a snooker player who'd agree.
With me as well.
Mmmmm. Steve.
Published 8 months ago by mark gee
5.0 out of 5 stars Better late than never to hitch on to the Caravan!
For someone late to the Caravan catalogue, I reckon this is their best effort. English prog with a twist. If you're a fan, you'll already have it. The remaster is excellent.
Published 8 months ago by Mr. Raymond G. Hogan
4.0 out of 5 stars Before Cunning Stunts
If you like the above named album you will really like this. In the same vein of instrumental music well done. Read more
Published 9 months ago by The Wiser Miser
5.0 out of 5 stars Caravan
I brought this album many years ago and did not like it at all but on seeing the band for the first time at a festival 3 weeks ago i was blown away and wondered why i got rid of it... Read more
Published 11 months ago by christopher todd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Fantastic work by Caravan a Prog rock must and it is very emotive to me .
I think it is one of their best Albums.
Published 20 months ago by cclark
5.0 out of 5 stars BIG GIRLS ARE MORE FUN!!!
I'll keep this brief. I have only just discovered this remarkable album...I Know!!! I mean, why it's taken me so long is a mystery. Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2011 by Mild Dill Hotpot
5.0 out of 5 stars Caravan's Album: For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night
If you are into Progressive Rock Music, I recommend you to buy this album. All DECCA CDs are professionally recorded. Read more
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