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Caravan Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (6 Aug. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Spectrum
  • ASIN: B00005UT85
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Place of My Own (mono)
  2. Ride (mono)
  3. Policeman (mono)
  4. Love Song With Flute (mono)
  5. Cecil Rons (mono)
  6. Magic Man (mono)
  7. Grandma's Lawn (mono)
  8. Where But For Caravan Would I? (mono)
  9. Place of My Own (Stereo)
  10. Ride (Stereo)
  11. Policeman (Stereo)
  12. Love Song With Flute (Stereo)
  13. Cecil Rons (Stereo)
  14. Magic Man (Stereo)
  15. Grandma's Lawn (Stereo)
  16. Where But For Caravan Would I? (stereo)
  17. Hello Hello (single version) (bonus track)

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CARAVAN Caravan CD

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Bonus track: Hello Hello (Single-Version)

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Format: Audio CD
There was a burgeoning musical scene in Canterbury in the psychedelic era of the later sixties, much of which stemmed from a band called the Wilde Flowers. Groups to emerge from this original nucleus included Gong, Soft Machine, Kevin Ayers and the Whole World, Hatfield and the North and of course Caravan, now based in nearby Whitstable, who evolved out of the remaining members of Wilde Flowers during 1967 when they decided not to be a soul band anymore. They were signed to Verve Records in 1968 with a line-up comprising singer and principal writer Pye Hastings, the brothers Richard and David Sinclair and Richard Coughlan.
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
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By D. J. H. Thorn VINE VOICE on 7 July 2007
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With its echoing organ backgrounds, Caravan's debut album is easily dated to the late 1960s. With only one long track, it has a different slant to everything the band subsequently did, though the gentle, English-accented
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?)
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With their 1968 debut album, Caravan set their own high benchmark for musicianship and creative endeavour, if not for subsequent commercial success. These are wonderful Hammond organ dominated songs sets, with the distinctive voice of Pye Hastings to the fore, superbly supported by Richard Sinclair's wonderfully 'English' vocals. Dave Sinclair's organ dominates the overall sound, but his cousin's tasteful bass, Hastings' precise rhythm guitar and Richard Coughlan's excellent drumming in occasionally challenging time signatures create a wonderful wall of sound with plenty of light and shade. Jimmy Hasting's outstanding flute playing graces "Love song". "Place of my own", "Ride", "Magic Man", and "Cecil Rons" are very evocative of Canterbury's own interpretation of psychedaelia. The album is fitting concluded with the extended piece "Where but for caravan would I?" which pointed the way to extended pieces such as "For Richard" and "Nine feet under" on subsequent albums. Whether you listen in mono or stereo, it is simply a brilliant album.
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Solid debut album from one of the leading lights of the 'Canterbury Scene' of the late 1960s/early 1970s. The majority of the material here is written by the mainstay of the band, guitarist/vocalist Pye Hastings, and the potential shown here was more fully revealed in 1970 with the release of the splendid 'If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You' and perfected on 2 gorgeous LPs, namely 1971's 'In The Land Of Grey And Pink' and 1973's 'For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night'. 'Caravan' is definitely worth checking out but, personally, I would buy the material from the period 1970-1973 first before I invested here.
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This is a bit like an early Pink Floyd album with some charming tracks like Place of my own, and some psychedelic tracks like Cecil Rons etc. I would give it 4 stars for the first 7 tracks which are great and all very listenable. Unfortunately it is let down somewhat by the rather boring and long-winded 8th track - Where But For Caravan Would I? which goes on for far too long. I just skip it and go back to first track again! added bonus is a version of Hello hello from If I could do it all over again..........
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This is a good first album from Caravan; perhaps not a classic like Grey and Pink or Girls That Grow Plump... But an essential purchase for the Caravan fan nonetheless.

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.
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