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Caravan were largely bypassed by American audiences, even though they were the Canterbury scene’s more accessible psych-prog band. (Soft Machine were the scene’s more difficult offering.) Caravan were gifted in their abilities to play complex music that required virtuoso chops. Despite criticisms of progressive rock’s innate coldness, Caravan's music is surprisingly down to earth and quite soulful, with lead guitarist and vocalist Pye Hastings able to convey great emotion in songs such as “Place of My Own,” “Ride,” “As I Feel I Die,” “Love to Love You," and the epic “Nine Feet Underground,” played here in a truncated 14-minute version. Though this collection doesn’t feature everything the group performed for the BBC, it’s still the best collection available; it focuses on the band's strongest period, with enough from keyboardist Dave Sinclair to keep things interesting. The nine-minute version of Soft Machine’s obscure “Feelin’, Reelin’, Squealin’” further shows Caravan's brilliance, versatility, and ability to play the music of their contemporaries.

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Where's All The Studio Caravan Songs?

Caravan was at the vanguard of Canterbury/avante garde/prog movement throughout the 1970's.I'm familiar with most of the songs on this release,at least the studio versions.I wouldn't risk $10 on the possibility of quality(performance-wise and engineering-wise) reworkings of Caravan or anyone else.All the epics included here:Love In Your Eye,Dabsong Conshirtoe,22 Feet Undergroung,etc. are album only!When itunes is able to get Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night,Cunning Stunts,In The Land Of Grey And Pink,etc. I and I'm sure many other fans of this terrific band will gladly plunk down our money for them.Until then,it's buyer beware,I guess


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 been sufficiently loyal and wide to keep their work in print for extended periods during...
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