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IF I COULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN, I'D DO IT ALL OVER YOU

Caravan

 

Canterbury Scene

4.24 | 1045 ratings

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Verisimilitude
4 stars Received with great acclaim after its release in September 1970, Caravan found themselves playing in Holland alongside bands such as Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Flock, Frank Zappa, Santana, Quintessence, Skin Alley and many others. Here Caravan begin from the established sound of Caravan (1968) and in particular "Place of My Own" and continue to generate well-layered melodies between David Sinclair's keyboards, Coughlan's innovative drumming and Hasting's melodies. Pye's brother Jimmy makes another return on the sax and flute adding to their successful sound.

The tracks become more complicated and delicate, interchanging with subtle ease. "And I wish I were stoned" rallies Caravan's auspicious ambition within its lyrics.

"Once I had a dream, nothing else to do.

Sat and played my mind in time with all of you"

Can't be long now/ Françoise/ For Richard/ Warlock is one of Caravan's great songs and an important piece in Canterbury music history. Jimmy's flute work is fantastic and Richard Sinclair interludes with more robust sounding bass lines. Perhaps only the capricious nature of Caravan, particularly David Sinclair's keyboard/organ playing or Jimmy's flute, could stop someone from wanting this very energetic and inspired album.

Verisimilitude | 4/5 |

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