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5 stars Where but for caravan would I be? Well, I for one would be in a much less satisfying musical status :)

Caravan is one of the first Canterbury bands I listened too and as a habbit I usually start with a bands debut album and work it out chronologically.

As a debut, Caravan's "Caravan" is surely to impress anyone, especially considering it was released in 1968 and clearly features more then 'psychedelic pop', the album already exhibits Caravan's skillful songwriting and David Sinclair's majestic eerie distorted pleasuring keyboards and ofcourse the ever so whismical lyrics and themes of the future Caravan, althought I find some songs to be very serious too (A Place Of My Own, Ride).

For me, this debut falls no less then Caravan's later releases who I also absoulutely adore (If I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do It All Over You, In The Land Of Grey And Pink (the highlights for me along with this album)). Perhaps a bit more song oriented and with a more basic structure but nevertheless amazingly put! Sure some may say the production may seem a bit lacky (when I listen to "A Place Of My Own" in my car there's a keyboard part that just kills the ears being so high pitched) but to me it makes no less of the album... still sounds terrific and beautiful!

Lastly, I would mention "Where But For Caravan Would I Be?" as an indication to the future epics which we love so much and "Cecil Rons" (what the hell does that mean anyway?) as being quite an experimental piece of work, dissonant but amazing!

p.s. A confession, I had to review this album after looking at the top albums from 1968 and seeing where this one stood, to me it just looks very unfair I would put it all the way up there..

9.9999/10 in my book, here definitely a 5!

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