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Caravan - for completists only,
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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 to fool us that there are more tracks than there really are. Who wants to listen to music in mono? Well, I don't. Having said that, I tend to stick it on when I'm working and just let it chunter on and it kinda lets you hear the tracks twice.
There's some nice touches here and there but it does sound like a first album i.e. an original, highly creative band finding their feet. However, it you are new to Caravan I'd recommend "In the land of grey and pink" and if you like that, then buy "If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You". These are thoughtful hippie albums with a twist of English charm and melancholia laced with superb keyboard solos. These dominate over electric guitar (makes a change!) but there is some fine guitar work as well.
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Initial post: 31 Oct 2014, 10:17:41 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Oct 2014, 10:18:23 GMT
Prog Rob says:
Yes, I agree with much of what you've said. 'Caravan' is a pleasant album but the most exciting material is on 'If I Could Do It...', 'In The Land Of Grey And Pink' and 'For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night', which you didn't mention, but is utterly brilliant and gives 'Grey And Pink' a run for its money in my opinion.
Posted on 3 Dec 2014, 22:36:00 GMT
Saltburn Slim says:
Since you asked, I want to listen to music in mono. In the case of this wonderful album (my favourite of theirs) the mono mixes are much punchier. Superb stuff indeed.
Posted on 7 May 2016, 10:40:44 BST
N. Green says:
Yes, weird comment from the original poster. You need to sit in front of a decent stereo and listen mate. Mono mixes tend to be far superior, stereo a bit of an afterthought until 69 or so....
For a real eye opener try listening to the beatles Paperback Writer first in stereo, then mono. The latter is like proto-metal in comparison to the hard panned, diluted stereo mix.
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