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The lineup includes Mark Walker on drums who has taken over the stool from the late and very great Richard Coughland. To his credit he does a great job as do all the band. The loss of Doug Boyle's guitar actually allows the band to return to a more traditional Caravan sound. While 'The Unaurtorised Breakfast Item' was certainly a very compitant album I felt it lacked something. That 'something' has been re-discovered.
Pye Hastings song writing has remain wornderful throughout the last 45 years and the new songs on the CD don't disappoint. His voice is still as mellow as it alway's been but it's one I don't think I'll ever tire of listening to. He writes and sings all bar one of the songs on the CD. The exception being the title track. This was written by Geoff Richardson and Jan Schelhaas in '"the Caravan style". This one would drop straight into 'Girls who grow plump..' very easily.
'Fingers in the till' tells a story of corruption and frustration and has a increadibly catchy chorus. There is some sentimentallity evident in some other songs, something which Pye has always done well. This is particually evident in 'Farewell my old friend' which, after the loss of Richard Coughland and paired with 'For Richard' in the live set, takes on a whole new meaning. I have to say that having suffered a loss of my own recently I find it an uncomfortable but satisfying listen.
All in all Caravan are back on form with a sound that I'm sure will swell their legions of fans over the coming years and earn them the wider recognition they deseve.
A band which adapts and refreshes retains its loyal following - here we have something for everyone. We have two great rock n' roll opening tracks, a bit of jazz, some sentimentality and even some MOTR - the inevitable Caravan humour but no longer songs. This is a well produced album which does take a little while to grow. But it is up there with their better albums not least because it has, to some extent, chosen to move on. Don't worry people there's no rap or electronic swing here but it's a great listen in the car.
This outing ranks right up there with several other great CARAVAN albums. It reminds me a bit of their album Blind Dog at St. Dunstans.
I'm so glad to have this music in my collection. It shines brightly!
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I liked Caravan since listening to Land of Grey and Pink when in the VIth form during the early '70's. A good album and very up-to date Caravan.Published 11 months ago by zen rockman
This album manages to capture the essence of Caravan yet brings their sound right up to date. Not an entirely consistent album there are nonetheless some exceptional tracks - the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mark R. Roberts
For anyone who loved Land of Grey and Pink - don't bother with this. Caravan were a brilliant band; they should be wise enough to know this is a quality control failure. Read morePublished on 29 May 2014 by old man and the sea