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waterloo lily LP

Caravan Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Label: BRAIN
  • ASIN: B003YY0KDQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An odd one I am 29 May 2004
By Paul Ferguson VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Most Caravan fans will tell you that this album is a lot weaker than the releases immediately preceding and following it. I however disagree; Waterloo Lily is one of my favourite Caravan albums.
"The Love in Your Eye" ranks as one of Caravan's best extended numbers, and is clearly the highlight of the album. There's a string section in there, as well as another Jimmy Hastings appearance. The last section is a little more jazz-tinged than earlier works. The title-track is a fun romp in the style of "Hello, Hello". Some wonderful vocal and bass work here from Richard Sinclair. Then there's an excellent jazz-rock instrumental "Nothing at All" (the only one to my ears, that really marks the band's perceived change in style) and a light-hearted song "Songs and Signs" which show off new member Steve Miller at his best. The previous also has some excellent guitar work from the much under-rated Pye Hastings and guest Phil Miller (brother of Steve and later a member of Hatfield and the North). Of the remaining tracks, one is another catchy Pye Hastings acoustic song ("The World is Yours") and t'other is "Aristocracy", a weaker version of a track originally recorded for "In the Land of Grey and Pink" but not released on that LP (it is now on the reissue of that album). It's not bad, it's just nowhere near as good as the earlier version.
Of the bonus tracks the first two are lovely acoustic demos by Pye in the studio, and the last two are actually one track that missed the cut of the album by sheer length. It is called "Looking Left, Looking Right" but Caravan fans might recognise the main riff that was used for "Wendy Wants Another 5' Mole" on more recent album "The Battle of Hastings". Superb song.
The sleeve notes are (as always) excellent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A crossroads album for Caravan.

Bold and incredible foray into Jazz realm.

For me this album is not a bit weaker than any of the other 4 first Caravan albums, and certainly a refreshing, if short, change in the "traditional" Caravan sound.

It's being usually lower rated is probably due to reviewers who are not so much into Fusion and Jazz, but if you like Caravan and you also like Jazz/Fusion - you're in for a treat.

The CD comes with a highly interesting booklet full of contributions from Pye Hastings (that is of course if you can manage with the miniature font). It also contains the outer and inner sleeve artwork from the original album. It outlines the professional struggles regarding the direction the band was heading.

This album was made after the founder keyboardist Dave Sinclair left the band and was replaced by Steve Miller, that together with Richard Sinclair (Dave's cousin) and Phill Miller (Steve's brother) pushed towards more Jazzy sound. The latter 3 eventually left the band with Dave Sinclair returning for the next excellent album (For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night) where music was somewhat "back to normal".

The result here is stunning and they all should be very proud of it. Great musicians and musicianship!

The title track kicks in and just grabs you from the first second, much like Golf Girl in ITLOGAP. For 1.5 minutes it's just as if ITLOGAP never ended. Then starts a gradual mood change to instrumental Jazz, still with Caravan flavor that continues for 2 minutes and almost fades out completely, just to emerge with a new gripping drums+electric piano+bass for another minute or so , and than about 1 more minute like the track's beginning. Great track.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lily still SPREADS the joy 12 May 2013
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I can't understand why some people claim this to be a weaker album than others as EVERY track is a belter.
I for one can understand the slight change in direction musically(jazzy) than previous releases.Waterloo Lily the track is a belter and The Love In Your Eye sequence of songs is one of their best pieces EVER commited to vinyl.And that to my mind has just GROWN in stature over the years.LONG MAY LILY SPREAD HER JOY TO THE WORLD!!!!!!
ADDITION
REST IN PEACE RICHARD
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first three albums 21 Jun 2009
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Despite the change of keyboard player this album seems to be a natural development in the progression of the earlier albums and it belongs with them. The jazzy electric piano is a breath of fresh air, but the sound is early Caravan at their best and Miller's playing is excellent. All four of the first albums are great. There is a big change in the sound of the following album...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Been a Caravan fan since school days - long time ago. Having seen them recently on London South Bank, been filling the gaps in my CD collection. And it's just as good as first time round when it was in my vinyl collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really hasn't got a title 3 Dec 2010
By csiedmo
Format:Audio CD
The one weakness of this album is that the band are audiably pulling in different directions. Although the band's jazz direction is only represented by one track (the Nothing At All suite) it sounds out of place alongside the rest of the tracks on the album and as jazz works go its pretty mundane.

There rest of the album though contains some of the bands finest moments. Waterloo Lily (a funky tale of a rotund call girl) and The Love In Your Eye (an excellent attempt to carry on from where For Richard left off) in particular are wonderful, but my favourite song didn't even make the album: that's bonus track Looking Left Looking Right, another funky number that sounds as fresh as the day it was made. If only that song had made the album instead of Nothing At All, this might have been my favourite Caravan record. As it is its my second favourite behind If I Could Do It Again...
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