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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca - Pop
  • ASIN: B00005A0V0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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2. Winter Wine
3. Love To Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)
4. In The Land Of Gray And Pink
5. Nine Feet Underground
6. I Don't Know Its Name
7. Aristocracy
8. It's Likely To Have A Name Next Week
9. Group Girl

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1. Golf Girl
2. Winter Wine
3. Love To Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)
4. In The Land Of Grey & Pink
5. In The Land Of Grey And Pink
6. I Don't Know It's Name (Alias The Word)
7. Aristocracy
8. Winter Wine
9. Group Girl
10. Disassociation / 100% Proof

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Canterbury, late 1960s: Heaven knows what used to come out of the taps around there but rest assured, bands like Soft Machine and Caravan seemed to be sharing a cuppa or two from the same magic tea-pot. 1971's In The Land Of Grey and Pink is, by common consensus, the high-water mark of Caravan's career--it's Pye Hastings and co's most perfectly brewed infusion of mellifluous folksiness, jazz-inflected prog-rock and hippy pixilation (yeah, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci are fans).

Even if David Sinclair (organ, mellotron, piano) and Jimmy Hastings (flute, piccolo, sax) often strayed from the public footpath for a happy ramble in an extempore field of their own, the results (the 22-minute long "Nine Feet Underground" for example) somehow steered clear of any sticky ditches. And the succinct "Love to Love You" is a tuneful Brit-pop tonic 25 years ahead of its time. For Caravan connoisseurs, special bonus tracks include an instrumental version of "Winter Wine", an early recording of "Aristocracy" (subsequently reworked for the Waterloo Lily album), an alternative take of "Golf Girl" (with different lyrics) and "The Word", a track intended for but omitted from the original 1971 vinyl album. --Kevin Maidment

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By alextorres on 26 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Caravan have been with me since my early teens; their music always inspirational, but probably never so much so as on this album, "In The Land of Grey and Pink". Their third album, it is one of three in a four year period that most Caravan fans pick out as their best, the other two being 1970's "if I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do It All Over You" and 1973's "For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night".

Caravan are still playing and recording to this day despite having suffered many line-up changes in the 40 years of their existence: the only ever-present member being its inspirational leader, Pye Hastings. Pye's sweet voice is a hallmark of the Caravan sound, whatever reincarnation of the band you listen to. On this album the band also comprised the cousins Richard and David Sinclair (on bass and keyboards) and Richard Coughlan on drums. Significantly, the band also brought in Pye's brother Jimmy for this album and his contributions on flute, tenor sax and piccolo are a significant factor in the overall mystique of the soundscape created. David Sinclair's keyboards are another big factor in this; the music on this album is almost like a painting; different songs corresponding to different areas of the canvas, but clearly all being a significant part of the overall picture, such is the nuance of the musical thread running through the album.

The album is made up of 5 separate pieces: four are relatively short whilst the final one, "Nine feet Underground", is a relatively lengthy composition of over 22 minutes which originally took up the whole of side 2 of the LP. The complexity of this piece, together with the interweaving of similar complexities and soundscapes into the shorter pieces, have led to Caravan being labelled as a progressive-rock band.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
This classic combination of hummable tunes and complex keyboard driven instrumental work is without doubt the definitive example of the 1970's Canterbury progressive sound. A far more humorous and gently uplifting proposition than Genesis or any of the other seventies progressive giants, Caravan's music is quintessentially English and somehow comfortably familiar. Stand out tracks are the whimsical "Golf Girl", "Winter Wine" and the 20 minute plus instrumental tour-de-force "Nine Feet Underground". Without doubt this is one of my all time favourite albums and I would wholeheartedly recommend it to all fans of 70's prog.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Zares on 16 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
In the Land of Grey and Pink is one of the best albums of the 70's. The humorous and whimsical charm of 'Golf Girl' and 'In the Land of ...' are a sheer joy to listen to. The lyrics of the latter piece always remind me of Edward Lear, and help make this a very English album (despite Lear's extensive travels). 'Love to Love You' is rather naughty (as Caravan tended to be!) and a typical Pye Hastings composition. 'Nine Feet Underground' is a huge, rambling and ambitious piece which works brilliantly because of the band's ensemble playing, and in particular Dave Sinclair's keyboard work. But my favourite piece is 'Winter Wine'. It manages to create a happy-sad feeling, somehow, and makes you think of memories that you might have had ...
It's hard to find another album that matches this one for variety and strength of song-writing. Although the band may not be the most accomplished musicians about, it doesn't matter as they play together so well. This album should be in everybody's record collection, if they have an interest in English rock/pop music of the 70's - even my sons, from the age of 7 - 14, love it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 13 July 2007
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This is the first Caravan album I heard and, as a result, I sought out as many of their others as I could find. Only its predecessor, 'If I Could...etc,' is possibly better, but this one is perhaps a little more instantly accessible. Bright, imaginative and yet a little reserved in manner, this is the sort of work that could only come from an English band. 'Golf Girl' is a gentle, melodic, but engaging opening, a trait continued by the next three tracks. 'Love To Love You (Pigs Might Fly)' is a little more rhythm-oriented, but there's no raucousness with Caravan.
The 22-minute 'Nine Feet Underground' is the track you hold your breath over. Triumph or disaster? Definitely the former, the portentous opening keyboard riff grabbing you straight away. According to the track listing, it's divided into several sub-tracks, but as with all instrumentals, trying to work out where the divisions are is a pointless exercise. Suffice to say, this is a marvellous album for anyone with an inclination for so-called progressive rock of the 1970s.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Stenie M. Di Sospiro on 16 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Re-listening to this album is a feast. The musicianship, originality, quality of production--all contribute to a stunning album. I feel sorry for today's youth, with my kids among them. Music as a source of energy and joy peaked some decades ago. It is now less than a travesty, and somehow I don't care if new technologies are killing the record industry--they've asked for it. But Caravan (who never reaped the benefits of talent which many far less talented groups did reap, and in abundance), Caravan must be thanked indefinitely for having released at least three marvellous, marvellous albums. And this one is not only their masterpiece, but an absolute masterpiece. Let us not call it "prog rock", it is reductive. This, back then, was, in a sense, world music--a blend of rock, pop, folk, jazz, and fantasy. Keep listening. And thank you David, Richard, Pye, Richard, and, occasionally, brother Jimmy.
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