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The World Is Yours: The Anthology 1968-1976 Box set, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (22 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B0036ZKLTG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,945 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Place Of My Own
  2. Magic Man
  3. Love Song With Flute
  4. Grandma's Lawn
  5. Cecil Rons
  6. Where But For Caravan Would I?
  7. A Day In The Life Of Maurice Haylett
  8. If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You
  9. Hello Hello Demo Version
  10. And I Wish I Were Stoned / Don't Worry
  11. Asforteri
  12. Can't Be Long Now - Françoise - For Richard - Warlock
  13. With An Ear To The Ground You Can Make It

Disc: 2

  1. Golf Girl
  2. In The Land Of Grey & Pink
  3. Nine Feet Underground
  4. Winter Wine
  5. I Don't Know It's Name (Alias The Word)
  6. Love To Love You
  7. Feelin', Reelin', Squealin'
  8. The Love In Your Eye
  9. The World Is Yours
  10. Aristocracy

Disc: 3

  1. Waterloo Lily
  2. Any Advance On Carpet
  3. C'thlu Thlu
  4. Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss
  5. The Dog, The Dog, He's At It Again
  6. L'Auberge Du Sanglier / A Hunting We Shall Go / Pengola
  7. / Backwards / A Hunting We Shall Go - Reprise
  8. Medley
  9. Mirror For The Day
  10. For Richard
  11. Virgin On The Ridiculous

Disc: 4

  1. Be Alright / Chance Of A Lifetime
  2. The Show Of Our Lives
  3. Keeping Back My Love
  4. No Backstage Pass
  5. Stuck In A Hole
  6. The Love In Your Eye
  7. The Dabsong Conshirtoe
  8. Here I Am
  9. A Very Smelly Grubby Oik / Bobbing Wide
  10. All The Way

Product Description

Product Description

The World Is Yours - The Anthology 1968-1976 is an exhaustive remastered four CD box set from Canterbury sound band Caravan. The set includes previously unreleased studio recordings, album tracks, rare single mixes, BBC recordings and out-takes,a s well as a lavish book featuring an essay and previously unseen photographs plus sleeve notes by Mark Powell.

BBC Review

Although they are intricately entwined into the DNA of that sub-genre of progressive music known as the Canterbury scene, there’s nevertheless always been something of the “bridesmaid but never the bride” syndrome about Caravan.

Quite why this should be is slightly baffling given that their sound has always been on the light and accessible end of the progressive rock spectrum. Their straightforward songs and bright, unfussy noodling was the sunshine to the oft-dark complexities of their close Canterbury cousins, Soft Machine. 

Whereas the Softs veered far from their shared pop roots, ploughing an acerbic, often ground-breaking furrow into improvisation, jazz-rock fusion and beyond, Caravan pretty much bumbled along on their old straight track in a benign, slightly sleepy but agreeable manner.

This handsomely appointed four-CD box set, whilst being skimpy on unreleased or rare material (only boasting a couple of previously-unreleased extras), offers a pleasantly winding stroll through their classic period, from which 1971’s In The Land of Grey and Pink remains their most enduring work.

All but one of its original studio tracks are presented here; filled with flutes, fuzz-pedalled organ and dreamy vocals about girls, freedom, and finding yourself, these agreeable, sun-dappled pastoral tunes are as English as Elgar.

Gracefully structured long-form suites were essential ingredients in the Caravan brew, but whilst Nine Feet Underground (1971), Nothing At All (1972) Memory Lain (1973) and several other notable epics all clocked up the minutes, these were genteel, subtle undertakings rather than vulgar exhibitions of technique. 

Though they recruited a dedicated following it was never wide or deep enough to deliver them real commercial success. It always seemed that Caravan were only ever one album away cracking the market, but much to the frustration of the band and its supporters that happy event always eluded them.

At a time when bands like ELP seemed hell-bent on world domination via bombastic rock symphonics, Caravan generally opted for a kinder, whimsical non-competitive mode of expression when soloing, and perhaps it was precisely the lack of extrovert showmanship that prevented them from attracting wider attention.

Yet, as this set demonstrates, given that they sound a good deal less-arch and cliché-free than many of their more illustrious and fêted contemporaries, this was probably a good thing. A worthy introduction to a likeable but often unfairly neglected English institution. --Sid Smith

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You could never squeeze Caravan's "best of" music onto one or even two CDs, as has been attempted many times in the past. Four discs here, including all their landmark album tracks - Caravan were of course an album band first and foremost. Almost the entire Land of Grey and Pink album is included here, missing only the little ditty that somehow got squeezed in among the great pieces, and a true harvest of their best progressive rock music. It's a shame it ends with the 1976 album Blind Dog, which really marked their creative low point, after which they emerged somewhat changed but no less interesting - but none of their rebirth material is included. Perhaps that's being left for another box set?
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A wonderful overview of Caravan's musical journey, lovingly and carefully researched and compiled by Mark Powell who has also been involved in remastering many tracks.The whole package is a joy to behold and listen to from the dynamic and melodic early singles to the awesome "All the way", the beginning of which surely ranks as the best musical introduction I've ever heard. You will be humming the chorus long after the cd has finished. Simply awesome!
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I guess this box first of all is aimed at hard-core fans of the "progressive" group Caravan that had its heyday in the period 1968-76.

The group's strength and trademark were the long and often epic tracks, which sometimes were tight through-composed and sometimes gave way to longer improvisations. Despite many line-up changes the band maintained a relatively uniform expression, where the jazzy elements in some periods were more prevalent than in others.

The band's compositions were often quite complex, with unusual rhythms and rhythm changes. Instrumentally the band members were highly competent, and willing to seek musical challenges. Conversely, one should not expect many catchy tunes, and the group achieved no real hits. Only in few cases their songs could be called commercial or catchy, most albums, however, do contain one or two numbers relatively straightforward and a playing time under 5 minutes.

The fact that the group's songwriting was something special and that they never created a real classic song, has meant that they never got wider recognition. Moreover the group also lacked a strong profile vocalist so a big breakthrough did not materialize.

Several of the group's albums, however, have gained considerable recognition as some of the best prog. rock of the early 1970s. Especially "If I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do It All Over You" from 1970 and "In the Land of Grey and Pink" from 1971, stand as significant releases.

A four CD box is a big mouthful and I must admit that I am mostly in for the shorter tracks.
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Like Curved Air who I reviewed recently, Caravan were one of the many bands who made up the also rans of the great British rock/progressive rock era which coincided almost exactly with the years covered by this anthology 1968 - 1976. Unlike Curved Air who had one sizable hit single in 1971, Caravan were a true prog underground band who didn't trouble the charts, although amazingly they did make one appearance on Top of the Pops; presumably on one of the shows since wiped. I can't remember them ever appearing on the Old Grey Whistle Test, although that would much more likely to be their home than would TOTP. Indeed, they seem in many ways like the quintessential Whistle Test Band - more soft than hard rock, but with plenty of musical improvisation; very similar in style to bands such as Camel or even Barclay James Harvest, but maybe a little more rock / jazz orientated certainly than Camel, who were maybe more classically influenced.
Caravan are always actually referred to as a quintessential English band, indeed it could be argued that they are the quintessential English prog band. Unlike many British bands they sing in English accents with no trace of any American rock and roll inflections, although this is true of much prog rock. They didn't even appear in the States until 1974, six years after their debut recording.
Caravan's music, although varied, is often built upon the same formula - a pastoral, folky / soft rock beginning spanning a couple of verses before going off on a lengthy keyboard improvisation which often ups the tempo and turns them into an out and out rock band until it slows down again before the end. This is occasionally varied with some flute or violin, the guitar solo is rare, indeed it might be totally absent in Caravan's entire recorded work.
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Let's face it; the people who buy this are most likely Caravan fans already or at least used to be. I used to be and a sudden attack of nostalgia led me to buy this compilation. It has all the old favourites on it as well as some of the stuff that I missed along with the advantage of all being in one box (albeit a rather large box). Probably stuff that you will listen to once in a while, enjoy it and then put it away again. Recommended if like me you have a small collection of Caravan vinyl hidden away somewhere and you'd appreciate being able to listen to the CDs occasionally.
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