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For Girls Who Grow Plump In the Night (Remastered)

Caravan

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Album Review

After the musical uncertainty of Waterloo Lily, Caravan returned with their most inspired recording since In the Land of the Grey and Pink. The splendidly titled For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night is several steps ahead in terms of fresh musical ideas that wholly incorporate the band's trademark humor within the otherwise serious and challenging sonic structures. Two of the more dominant reasons for the change in Caravan's sound were the return of keyboardist Dave Sinclair and the addition of violist Peter Geoffrey Richardson. Die-hard fans gladly welcomed Sinclair back, however, Richardson was met with heckles from enthusiasts during live appearances. They were soon silenced as his place on For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night easily ranks among Caravan's watershed moments. There are perhaps none better than the mesmerizing counterpoint melodies he weaves during the "L'Auberge Du Sanglier" suite. While not completely abandoning their jazz leanings, For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night is considerably focused back into the rock genre. Ironically, the album also features some rather elaborate orchestration. In context, it is quite effective in creating emphasis — especially on the leadoff track "Memory Lain, Hugh," as well as the dreamy mid-tempo "The Dog, The Dog, He's At It Again." The remastered CD also includes five additional tracks. The first four are demos featuring the band without orchestra and with some notable differences, such as the distinct lead guitar opening to "Memory Lain, Hugh." "Derek's Long Thing" is another instrumental piece penned by keyboardist Derek Austin — one of the two transitional Caravan members chosen to replace Steve Miller. A must-own for inclined parties.

Customer Reviews

Prog rock heaven by MarcW22 Liverpool

Buy this Album or at least "the dog,""the dog",he's at it again.I love this song,a little bit risqué but fantastic.

A true story!

Had this epic album in the 1970's and own it on cd.
My wife and I went on a long weekend to Canterbury where the band had its roots in music.
Look a the cover of the cd, it shows a pregnant lady lying down asleep.
We went in a pub in the old part of the City, a pregnant lady came in, lay on the old settee in the pub and went to sleep!
Incredible but true.
I'll never forget it and my Wife still thinks I staged the incident!

Biography

Formed: 1968 in Canterbury, Kent, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Caravan were one of the more formidable progressive rock acts to come out of England in the 1960s, though they were never much more than a very successful cult band at home, and, apart from a brief moment in 1975, barely a cult band anywhere else in the world. They only ever charted one album in their first six years of activity, but they made a lot of noise in the English rock press, and their following has...
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