Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
BBC Radio 1 in Concert
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
1998 Strange Fruit release featuring five tracks recorded live by this British underground act at London's Paris Theater in March, 1975: 'Intro', 'Love In Your Eye', 'For Richard', 'The Dab Song Concerto' and 'Hoedown'. Th... more »
1998 Strange Fruit release featuring five tracks recorded live by this British underground act at London's Paris Theater in March, 1975: 'Intro', 'Love In Your Eye', 'For Richard', 'The Dab Song Concerto' and 'Hoedown'. The line-uphere is Mike Wedgewood, Richard Coughlan, Geoff Richardson, Pye Hastings and David Sinclair.
MOTTS FAVORITE CARAVAN JOURNEY
Kim Fletcher | Pattaya, Chonburi Thailand | 10/01/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the wonderful B.B.C. in concert series released from the dusty vaults of the Government run British Broadcasting Corporation. The band are introduced by D.J. Pete Drummond sounding very serious whilst extolling the virtues of these fine musicians, you must remember that this was March of 1975 when progressive rock was in its hey day all trying to look deadly serious whilst wearing kaftans, beads, & 30 inch bell bottom hipsters, no wonder twelve months later Johnny Rotten & Punk rock come along to breath some fresh life & fun back into Rock ?n? Roll.
But does the music of Caravan stand the test of time after 26 years, surprisingly, yes very well indeed.
Back in the late sixties ?The Wilde Flowers? the senior rock band of Kent, garden county of England, split in two, spawning ?Caravan? & ?Soft Machine?. Caravan helped create a musical style that has become known as the Canterbury sound, a name that has stuck to this sub genre of progressive rock ever since. Surrealist lyrics, humour, & a rock style that incorporated elements of Procul Harum, Jethro Tull & Pink Floyd, The Canterbury sound was a jazzy ? classical ? folk ? ish sound that was still very unique.
Caravan were definetly one of the founding progressive rock bands. Having already recorded seven albums by the time they went into record this concert at the London Paris Theatre.
By then, the 3 original members of David Sinclair, Pye Hastings, & Richard Couglan, had added Geoff Richardson on violin and replaced David Sinclair?s cousin, Richard Sinclair with Mike Wedgewood on bass, who came in from ?Curved Air?.
There are only 4 songs on this hour long concert, 3 of them clocking in just under the 20 minute mark before the final rave up, of the short & sweet audience fave rave, ?Hoedown? from Caravan?s fifth album ?For girls who grow plump in the night?, the original album sleeve, depicting a naked pregnant women, was vetoed by record label Decca, but a compromise was reached & the women appeared wearing a night dress. Ho ? Hum such are the politics of mid seventies rock. ?For Richard? comes from Caravan?s 2nd album ?If I could do it again I?d do it all over you? which appeared way back in September of 1970. Regarded by many fans as their best work it became a perennial favorite in the live set.
As you can see there were some marvelous titles from Caravans history none better than the trickly titled ?Cunning Stunts? from which the other two musical pieces on this album come from.
This album is a fine showcase for the rich musical talents of a band whose unique contribution to pop music history is unlikely to be forgotten.
Mott the Dog."
A Must Have for Caravan Fans!!!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this CD! It has a great energy to it that some of their other live performances lack. Plus they add some funky new ideas that really enhances old favorites such as "For Richard" I thought Pye's guitar work was crisp and clear and his dueling solos with David Sinclair were excellent. Hats off to Geoff Richardson violin work! I have yet to tire of listening to this one!"