The containing 4 tracks are from a concert in London 1975. First of all - the sound quality is really excellent! I would say this is the best line-up ever. Mike Wedgewood seems to be a great substitute on the bass. He plays like a long time member of the band - fantastic!
The first 3 long tracks have the wellknown complex song structure - perfectly performed and played in this typical Canterbury style - Jazz Rock with a classical and symphonic background. Geoff Richardsons violin playing is very impressive and he also plays the second guitar on 'For Richard'. I never have heard a better live performance by CARAVAN.
By Kim Fletcher - Published on Amazon.com
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.
1975 (album released first 1991)
1. Love In Your Eye (15:30)
2. For Richard (16:55)
3. The Dab Song Concerto (18:45)
4. Hoedown (5:20)
Total Time: 56:30
- Mike Wedgewood / bass
- Richard Coughtan / drums
- Geoff Richardson / violin, guitar
- Pye Hastings / guitar, vocals
- David Sinclair / keyboards