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CARAVAN

Caravan

 

Canterbury Scene

3.67 | 355 ratings

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Speesh
3 stars 3.5 stars.

Surprisingly good debut from my personal favorite Canterbury band Caravan. In my opinion this is an unfortunately underrated masterpiece, though not entirely of progressive music.

This was my second album (after Grey and Pink) from this great band, and what let me know that Caravan is indeed a special band. The sound is completely different from everything they would do in the future, which gives it along with many other Caravan albums a unique edge.

At first I didn't think this was a great album, the below-par sound quality put me off at the beginning. But when I think about it now, it is one of those factors that is necessary to the overall sound and atmosphere of the album.

The other distinguishing factor of this album is the same feature that makes so many other early Caravan albums unique, Dave Sinclair's keyboard playing. However on this album, he creates a completely different atmosphere by using an organ almost exclusively to create dark textures that echo through the songs.

Love Song with Flute, Cecil Rons, and Where but For Caravan Would I? are superb progressive songs. The other stuff is a bit less on the progressive side. Though not to detract from Place of My Own, Magic Man, and Grandma's Lawn; which among others are still very good songs that just aren't quite as progressive.

A great album for anyone into Canterbury, as well as most of the other accessible sub-genres listed here. If you can appreciate atmosphere the way I can, I'm sure you'll find this album rewarding.

Speesh | 3/5 |

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