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4.30 | 1829 ratings

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5 stars I have to confes that i havent hade this album very long litle over a week, but with some albums you can yust feel after a few lisen that its something very special, but im not suprised since i have seen this album mentioned many times as a real prog gem and i can yust agree. But it dident start like that a long time ago over a year i think i saw a video of Golf Girl on youtube and i didetn like it at all, i tought no way i gona start lisen to this horible prog pop, but then 1 day bought Hatfield and the north and after geting in too and likeing that one very much and seeing it was the same vocalist bass player as in the early the caravan albums i tought i might give Caravan another try and then sudently i liked Golf girl the only song i hade heard when i bought the album, so i found the album in a good Music shop i often visit that got loades of prog albums. And it was love right away this is not the type of prog that is hard to get into sure you like it more and more every lisen but its pretty accesible right from start atleast for me only 5 songs it stars up very nice with Gold girl a sweet prog pop song very catchy, Winter wine is a real good one very nice organ work, Caravan is a very organ driven band the guitar always stay back, anyway realy good vocals and lyrics from Richard Sinclair. Song 3 Love to love you no doubt the weakest on the album a simpel love song a typical psycadelic sounding one its good but nothing special compered to the rest, the title track is a cool wierd song about smoking weed very nice typcial whimsical canterbury lyrics, the orginal album ends with the masterpice of the album Nine feet under ground and to be honest its one of the best 20min+ prog epics i have ever heard simply amazing what a great organ sound and what amazing organ solos, this is one of thos song that feels so much shorter then it realy is it feels more liek 5-10min then 22+ every thing yust fit toghter prefectly not 1 week spot not 1 wasted second, im lisening to it now and the intro gives me goose bumps, it goes trough 8 difrent movements but it feels more like one song and not pasted toghter like suppers ready. I got the 2001 remaster wich also got some realy sweet bonus tracks I dont know its name is a song in the same style as Winter wine very good, Arisocracy a shorter pop prog song and its allso very good, its likely to have a name next week is the orginal instrumental version of winter wine Richard humns litle at the start then it goes instrumental not much to say the one with vocals is beter, Group gilr is the orginal Golf girl with litle difrent lyrics more personal about how Richard meet his wife the last bonus track is the 2 last movments of Nine feet underground with a new mix the only difrence i can hear is that the guitar sounds rawer on the closing 100% proof. This is a prog rock landmark that shuld be in every seriús prog rock collection very recomended. Its a great starting album for caravan newbies and it have made me looking forward to buy the rest of thiere collection.
Zargus | 5/5 |


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