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Live at the Fairfield Halls, 1974 [Live, Original recording remastered]

Caravan Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (4 Feb 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca Records
  • ASIN: B00005UT84
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Memory Laine, Hugh / Headloss
2. Virgin on the Ridiculous
3. Be Alright / Chance of a Lifetime
4. The Love in Your Eye
5. L'Auberge Du Sanglier / A Hunting We Shall Go
6. The Dog, The Dog, He's At It Again
7. For Richard
8. Hoedown

Product Description

CD Description

David Sinclair / keyboards Geoffrey Richardson / viola Mike Wedgwood / bass Pye Hastings / guitar, vocals Richard Coughlan / drums

Product Description

CD 1974 Recorded

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE archive release of 2002 11 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The year has barely started and the competition for the best archive release of 2002 is already over. Caravan's "Live at the Fairfield Halls, 1974" is one monster of a live album, a couple of seconds short of 80 minutes of sheer brilliancy from a magnificent group in the peak of its powers.
Previously available only briefly in the early 80's under the title "The Best of Caravan Live" (now complete with "Chance of a Lifetime" and the encore "Hoedown" correctly placed) this is a professionally recorded album with exceptional sound quality. The gig itself has been lauded as one of the finest Caravan performances of the period, and one can easily hear why. The set is brilliant from start to finish. Even the songs usually heard with orchestral backing ("Virgin on the Ridiculous" and "A Hunting We Shall Go") sound superb as quartet arrangements and certainly do not seem lacking in any respect.
This Caravan comes loaded with goods - don't miss out on your share!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caravan - As they were meant to be heard 20 Mar 2002
By A Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The definitive Caravan live album.
OK the official release at the time "Caravan & the New Symphonia" has a novelty value with the full orchestral backing but is not as good as this release.
The band were in magnificent form at fairfield Hall (obviously looking forward to their impending jaunt to the States)and every track is superbly performed - often surpassing the studio versions. Certainly The Love in Your Eye, For Richard and L'Auberge du Sanglier are worth the price alone.
As one of the few who managed to get "The Best of Caravan Live" - the French release that featured much of this concert performance - I was doubtful if I would ever see it on CD so I could hardly have been more pleased to see the full concert released in its own right.
80 minutes of Caravan bliss? Come on - you can't go wrong!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caravan at their best! 15 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was a loyal Caravan fan back in the early 70’s and could never understand why a band with such original musical ideas, and unique sound (just listen to that organ on If I Could Do it Again and Land of Grey and Pink), never made it to the big time. It was left to those of us ‘in the know’ to spread the Caravan message. Now, after many years, I have dug up my Caravan vinyl collection and decided that this music is still as fresh and original as ever and deserves upgrading to CD. Looking on Amazon, I was pleased to find that someone at Decca had persuaded the men in suits to re-master the albums. I was also intrigued to find this Live at Fairfield Halls CD and the glowing reviews were enough to make me buy it. I was not disappointed. It is Caravan at their best and all complimented by a technically good recording.
Mainly featuring material from Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night, there are other gems here as well, Virgin on the Ridiculous, Love in Your Eye and, of course, For Richard. The band sounds really tight and the musical energy is captured magnificently. This CD should have been released in the UK a long time ago rather than just being restricted to being a French release. Anyway, it is now here, great music from a great band - play loud.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic 9 April 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album in 1980 while interailing on the continent.
I had "In the land of .." , but must admit that wasnt a true Caravan obsessive, being more of a Camel fan.
I was blown away when I arrived home after carting the thing around Europe for 4 weeks.
For Richard and The Love in your eye are personal faves .
The sound quality for a live album of this era , even on vinyl , is superb.
The band are very tight, and the Hammond organ solos still send shivers up my spine to this day.
If you a long time fan, get it, and if you like early 70`s jazzy prog and wish to dip your toe into the Caravan stained water, it is also worth a listen.
It is still one of my all time favourite live albums, 25 years after buying it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Hits Live 8 Nov 2003
By Spinalpap4u VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who managed to get their hands on the rather rare vinyl version of this album (only released in France) they might wonder what the fuss is about but this has nevertheless long been regarded by other Caravan fans as a bit of a holy grail release. Effectively released then as a live greatest hits package in fact it comprised a single performance from Croydon in September 1974, arguably at the zenith of the band's artistic period with Decca - certainly in terms of studio albums it was all downhill from here on in.
The performance is nevertheless an enjoyable one. The band had long ago mutated from the original Canterbury line up and by late '74 it was effectively a new band playing the old hits (even the last album's line up from earlier in 1974 had not survived long).
Now repackaged as a single live album (it is exactly what it says on the cover) these are nonetheless pretty storming performances, particularly the tracks from the "Girls That Grow Plump in the Night" LP. It is a bit of a strange mix however and although there is rarity value in the "L'Auberge Du Sanglier" suite being captured for posterity this and the New Symphonia track, "Virgin on the Ridiculous", are pretty weak live in my view.
What makes up for these minor shortcomings are great performances of "Love in your Eye", "Memory Lain, Hugh/Headloss" and the old staple "For Richard". The whole album
was recorded professionally on the Pye Mobile recording unit and, as such, sound quality is extremely high.
Most Caravan fans will want this in their collection but if we can get earlier performances from 1970-71 officially released I suspect that this performance will, in comparison, soon be forgotten.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect prog
I bought this album knowing that this version of For Richard is ,in my view, one of the best live performances of any band ever. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bulpitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Caravan in their best
Great band,famous musicians in a great line-up,and even more inspired soulful music in a Caravan style. Once i told myself,must have.
Published 21 months ago by Zo
5.0 out of 5 stars Caravan at their peak
Way back in the mid 70s I saw Caravan five times up and down the country. As a fifty-something old git, I do know they are a bit naff, but they represent the pinnacle of British... Read more
Published on 2 Sep 2011 by P. Kaye
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike's first gig
I had this LP on the Kingdom label, bought at a record fair. My best mate and son's Godfather, Mike Wedgwood, was amazed to hear it as the band seemed barely aware that it... Read more
Published on 12 July 2011 by Mr. Thomas Thatcher
2.0 out of 5 stars Other reviews relate to a different item
All the reviews on this page for "A Hunting We Shall Go" seem in fact to be about a different item, namely "Live At The Fairfield Halls, 1974", which is certainly an excellent... Read more
Published on 27 May 2011 by simonbla
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the only, but definitely the best way to hear Caravan
Like many other bands in the early seventies, Caravan were always at their best in concert. Sadly Richard Sinclair had moved on prior to the recording of this and 'For girls who... Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2009 by Mark Kibble
5.0 out of 5 stars Come on!!
I'm new to Caravan, so it has been a joy to discover this classic prog outfit I had so regrettably overlooked. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2009 by Paul Millington
5.0 out of 5 stars Who Needs a Third Version of This Collection of Songs?
Well I certainly do actually. Essentially there was the studio album, For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night, then a live album Caravan & the New Symphonia which covered more or... Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2008 by Numinous Ugo
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music: fine perfomance: lack-lustre recording.
Recorded on their first American tour (presumably) and not too long after the definitive "Fairfield Halls" set (also available on CD. This is rather a disappointment. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2008 by Mr. N. Loebner
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD Now!
"For Girls......" for me was the best Caravan LP. Not true to Caravan of old, but Free Form Caravan with Jazz. Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2002
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