Caravan Original recording remastered
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CARAVAN Caravan CD
Bonus track: Hello Hello (Single-Version)
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Their first album, Caravan, was released in October 1968, with the first two tracks, A Place Of My Own and Ride, extracted as a single the following January. It was in some ways a groundbreaking album that captured the whimsical and exploratory moods of the times with a sound that built on the changing styles of the contemporary underground and took them further.
Pye's brother Jimmy played on the dreamily evocative Love Song With Flute, never having heard the song and recording the flute solo on the first take. The following song, the stage favourite Cecil Rons (a disguised Cecil Rhodes?) is in contrast a rowdy powerful piece with a yelled chorus. Guitar and bass are swapped over on two songs so that Richard Sinclair can take over on lead vocal for his songs Grandma's Lawn and Policeman. The closing track was a complex nine-minute piece inspired in part by a melody written in Wilde Flowers days by then member Brian Hopper. Where But For Caravan Would I? was the precursor of the direction Caravan would take on future albums, alongside their other strengths.
On this edition both mono and stereo mixes of the album are included, and as a bonus track, the single version of 1970's Hello Hello, recorded for Decca as Verve/MGM had folded by this time, rounds off the CD
vocals are easily identifible. 'A Place Of My Own' is a straightforward, instantly memorable song and 'Ride' with its funny, trotting rhythm is both memorable and more indicative of the band's ingenuity. 'Love Song With Flute' is another beauty, but, while there are no bad tracks on the album, there are moments of blandness. 'Policeman' and 'Magic Man' are not quite as impressive and the first three minutes of their epic 'Where But For Caravan Would I?' are unremarkable. Nevertheless, this is a very good album, worth investigating after 'If I Could Do It All Over, etc' and 'In The Land Of Grey And Pink'. (They didn't like short titles, did they?)
But beware! The associated mp3 album is a completely different album by a completely different band altogether. I've received the mp3 via Cloud Player as I purchase the CD some time ago (it isn't showing AutoRip but I've received this 'alternative' nonetheless).
I think it's because of this mistake that two reviewers have awarded this album only one star; they've received the wrong album so I have sympathy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How can anyone in their right mind who loves prog music not give this vintage album 5 stars. This was the bench mark album all those years ago. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Karyn Kearney
This is a superb album. Totally under-rated and as good as Pink Floyd psychedelic era, early Genesis, the Doors, Satanic Majesties. Read morePublished on 3 July 2014 by Bohemian
Excellent album for caravan.good organ and guitar work typical pye hastings material.only let down is cecil rons track not really up to standardsPublished on 9 May 2014 by Barry Holland
CD has both mono and stereo versions of the same Album. They don't appear remarkably different. At least in the car you get to hear the Album twice on a long journey! Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2013 by Richard M
Early Caravan are best before the keyboard player left and their first album, this one, is an example of this. Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2013 by G. D. Mcallen
It has the rather unimaginative format of all the tracks from the album in mono .... then all the same tracks again in stereo which seems plain silly to me: as if they were trying... Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2013 by jonathan william chaplin