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5.0 out of 5 stars THE archive release of 2002
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.
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Published on 11 Feb 2002

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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.

The audience are rather far from enthusiastic, despite coaxing from the compere (!) which really would have been best edited out!!! The band are not quite as assured as they are on the earlier...
Published on 16 Sep 2008 by Mr. N. Loebner


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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect prog, 24 April 2013
This review is from: Live at the Fairfield Halls, 1974 (Audio CD)
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. The more you listen to it the more you realise how good it is. Particularly the first few minutes with the incredible build up of the electric viola. and the words.........Wonderful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Caravan in their best, 14 July 2012
This review is from: Live at the Fairfield Halls, 1974 (Audio CD)
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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great music: fine perfomance: lack-lustre recording., 16 Sep 2008
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Mr. N. Loebner (London) - See all my reviews
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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.

The audience are rather far from enthusiastic, despite coaxing from the compere (!) which really would have been best edited out!!! The band are not quite as assured as they are on the earlier recording either, but more disappointing is the sound of this radio broadcast. It starts off, and you're wondering where is poor Richard Coughlan. All of his excellent cymbal work which made the "Fairfield Halls" CD sound so urgent and thrilling is barely audible. And by the time they launch into their "customery encore" the mix is really poor - the vocals and backing vocals are all over the place. Nevertheless Geoff Richardson gamely attempts to engage the crowd in the audience solo - which falls rather flat, compared to the Fairfield CD.

There is still much to recommend about this - some particularly fine playing from Dave Sinclair (in the "Backwards" section of the title track, for example). But at the end of this rather brief CD I have to conclude that it's "for enthusiasts only".

Everyone else (EVERYONE ELSE) should buy the fantastic "Live at the Fairfield Halls" set instead, it's longer, better performed, better recorded. A better bet a round!

P.S.

There's a little surprise in there - just prior to the second track - I shalln't spoil it for anyone who may be into Caravan enough to plump for this odd little release though!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Caravan at their peak, 2 Sep 2011
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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 prog rock. To make them still tolerable, they never seemed to take themselves too seriously, which contrasted with the cringeworthy pretentiousness of Yes, Genesis, Camel, King Crimson etc etc. This was recorded at the peak of their commercial success. I gather Mike Wedgwood had only just joined the band and it's a credit to his musical ability that he must have learnt the repertoire note-perfect (as far as I can hear) in a very short space of time. His predecessor, John G Perry, formed a very tight rhythm section with Richard Coughlan, and Mike Wedgwood seemed to reproduce that togetherness very well. To be honest, apart from an excellent version of "For Richard", this is really just "For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night" performed live, but it's worth listening to just to admire how accurately the band could reproduce the studio version in a live setting, but with the atmosphere of a live performance thrown in, and with a different bass player drafted in at short notice. And it was cheap.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Other reviews relate to a different item, 27 May 2011
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 release.
This, however, seems to be a different beast, and according to the track listing above contains only 3 tracks. Not sure if those are taken from the Fairfield Halls recording or a different one.

(Of course, since all the reviews here also appear on the page for the Fairfield Halls CD, maybe this one will now appear there too... if so, apologies to all.)
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