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If I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do It All Over You
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on 14 March 2015
Many a hippy / student party I attended in the early to mid 70's had this album providing some of the soundtrack along with Pink Floyd, Beefheart, John Coltrane, Zappa, Xenakis, Birtwhistle, Stockhausen - the Floyd would take you into Outer reaches of space and the others would open up abstract parallel universes. Thank goodness for Caravan to bring you to the Green Green Grass of Home. What pleasant joy it was to listen to this. There was a reassuring Englishness to this record with most of vocals delivered Wyatt-style in Estuary English by Richard Sinclair. The opening track, The jazzy structures are fairly safe but there is a sense of invention and adventure in them, I suppose an exploration of familiar territory rather than the bandit country of free-form; these can be found on tracks such as 'I wish I was stoned again', "As I Feel I Die" and 'Limits', all of which have a vibrancy and reassuring energy. This album provided such a good vibe at those parties until someone stuck on a Leonard Cohen LP.
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HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 12 August 2009
I've been exploring the realms of Prog Rock for a few years now, King Crimson, Coliseum and the like. I'm also a bit of a folkie, with a lot of Pentangle and Fairport in my CD collection. Someone suggested I try this as something that would fit in with both genres.

This is a great album. The feel is very pastoral English, and makes me think of autumn evenings, picnics by the river, walks through the forest and the like. Very much like The Kinks 'Village Green Preservation Society'. The tracks are often quite long and loose, typical prog rock style, but never seem to outstay their welcome. They aren't 'rockers' though, musically this sounds like folk blended with 60's pop. There are some odd combinations going on here, but the whole thing works, through strong song writing, excellent musicianship, very nice vocals, and a good 'feel' for what the next logical step should be in a track.

To sum up - A very folky feeling album with a fair bit of experimentalism going on, which works really well. Laid back, relaxing, and note perfect. Recommended to anyone who likes Fairport, Steeleye Span, pastoral era Kinks, and 'Songs from the Wood' era Jethro Tull.
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on 22 February 2015
Fun, fun, fun 'til your daddy took the Caravan away. Acerbic, witty and just great fun. It all seems so easy. Perhaps not as polished as Grey and Pink but a nudge and a wink will soon have you joining in. Ask yourselves, who in the last forty years has created music that just wants you to like it without being needy or self indulgent? Probably lots of people, it is a really bad analogy but this album is great.
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on 7 December 2013
Like Jethro Tull, Caravan didn't want us to take the progressive rock phenomenon in a dour, cerebral way like King Crimson and their ilk. Caravan's track titles tell you that their music is tongue-in-jckeek and is meant for pure enjoyment. Again, you get all the bandwidth and dynamics on a record (using Class A amplification of course) that CDs lack even on the highest spec CD-based Class B, C or D systems.
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on 10 January 2018
very good
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on 16 October 2010
A strong album from the turn of the decade (1969-1970)which deserves a wider audience. Great fun, lovely cover photo and music that leaves you wondering why you can't find this album on the shelf of every decent music outlet across Europe (or the world, for that matter).
My personal opinion is that this was their best album, better than the more well-known "Land of grey and pink", which is a fine album with some fine songs. This one is earthier and less sophisticated, but just as much fun. It's produced by Terry King and the band, and doesn't suffer from over-production. In fact, it's a very "together" album; a long one, too. Put it on, turn up the volume, and enjoy the journey through caravan's underworld.
Plenty of extra material for those who want it. Great value for money.
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on 30 April 2017
Oldies but goldies Very very good.
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on 19 March 2018
As described thanks.
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on 10 March 2018
great stuff
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on 7 January 2018
Good price and all ok.
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