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one of their best,
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This review is from: Better By Far (Audio CD)
It's easy to imagine this might possibly be their best album, but that's only because it came after a couple of duff servings (Cunning Stunts and Blind Dog), after which quite frankly the only way was up - the title does provide a reasonably apt description here. There's the usual line-up juggle, seems we can hardly tell Caravan, Camel and Dutch progsters Kayak apart as they swap members about continually - definitely a Caravan collection of songs, mostly from Pye Hastings with his usual whimsical sideways look at difficult love affairs with difficult members of the opposite sex, and some extra input from Richardson (viola player, later to join Penguin Cafe). A very well rehearsed and played album, none of the rush-recorded slapdash tosh from the previous 2 albums. A real shame they couldn't have filled the CD out with some live recordings from this album's line-up - their concerts from this era were an evolution - or included the BBC sessions recorded at the time of its release. Otherwise, great that it's out on CD again. Now we just have to wait for "The Album" and the final tour-de-force from the original era, and returning original line-up, "Back to Front" - another couple of excellent Caravan albums that rarely appear on CD.
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Initial post: 12 Jul 2016, 17:05:56 BST
Last edited by the author on 12 Jul 2016, 17:19:46 BST
Don't agree with you about this. This is not their best by a long way, title track is only one that passes muster for me. The rest are average and the whole things is poorly produced. Cunning Stunts and Blind Dogs are both far superior in song writing and production values.
Posted on 7 Jul 2017, 21:24:57 BST
I must agree with the previous comment.
Many many years ago someone played me this album as my introduction to Caravan. as a result of this I shunned all Caravan recordings finding it very insipid.
Oh what a mistake! About 4 years later someone played me Grey and Pink (a very different line up I know) and I was in love with the band, following through with their recordings up to and including Cunning Stunts.
I would say that all their recordings up to then are worth checking out. . . but not this one
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