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Overshadowed by 'Grey and Pink' and 'Girls who grow plump' - undeservedly so!!!',
This review is from: Waterloo Lily (Audio CD)
Not a lot to say that's not been said in 'Say no More's' excellent 2012 review. However, it's sasy to see where Richard Sinclair was headed with just one listen of this one - off to jazzier climes with Hatfield and the excellent Phil Miller, Steve Miller (both present here) and Pip Pyle et al. Some fabulous playing from all the band members on this one - Coughlan on top form with his 'drum kit falling down the stairs' technique and Richard Sinclair attempting (and largely succeeding) to match the funk/fusion sensibilities of Crusaders/Zappa era Max Bennett - and if you can live with Max Bennett you're OK with me! Pye Hastings also surprises with his skill on lead guitar. The most surprising feature of the various Amazon reviews is the lack of reference to the similarity in style (of the instrumental tracks) with Frank Zappa's 'Hot Rats' - and that's not a criticism - far from it, it's a complement! As mentioned, Sinclair's bass work is 'stand out' and compares well with Bennett's style and Hastings' guitar style, tone and extensive use of the wah-wah pedal (unusual for Hastings) are very reminiscent of Frank's technique. In fact I'd go as far as to say you could 'lift and drop' a couple of the lengthier instrumental passages from this album straight on to 'Hot Rats' relatively seamlessly. And that's praise indeed given that Hot Rats must be Zappa's greatest acheivement in a career that was pretty stellar throughout.
As mentioned, 'Land of Grey and Pink' and 'For Girls who Grow Plump' are generally considered to be Caravan's high points but I think that Waterloo Lily matches, and in some respects, surpasses those two excellent albums - and I'm listening to 'Girls who...' as I write this.
Amazing to think how old this recording is when it sounds so fresh in 2013 - the musical abilities of these guys put most current bands to shame. However, be that as it may, the bottom-line is 'buy this album'!!!
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2014 17:11:29 GMT
I totally agree with your review although I have to say I prefer this one over Plump, just!!
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2014 11:59:17 GMT
Prog Rob says:
No, for me 'Plump' is well ahead of 'Lily', simply in terms of quality of material. Strangely, I can't get as excited about 'The Love In Your Eye' as much as other Caravan fans can - normally I really love the band's lengthy excursions e.g 'For Richard' and 'A Hunting We Shall Go' - but, on reflection, 'Lily' is certainly worth buying I concede.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2014 14:02:32 GMT
Well all being said there will always be fans who prefer one over the other,but lets face they are both EXCELLENT albums whichever you cut it.
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