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Caravan - In the Land of Grey and Pink CD (album) cover




Canterbury Scene

4.30 | 1829 ratings

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5 stars The cover of this record refers to Tolkien and such is the atmosphere depicted in those enchanting compositions. This LP is commonly described as the best album recorded by Caravan. And sure there aren't any weak links there. Dynamic "Golf Girl" with solos on the trombone and flute piccolo, ballades like "Winter Wine" with an acoustic beginning and jazz keyboard, fast "Love to Love You" with a solo on the flute and finally a pop piece "In The Land Of Grey And Pink" with solos on the piano and guitar which come on the A side of the vinyl long play. But it is the B side that is the most important here: a 23 minute suite "Nine Feet Underground" played with jazz imaginativeness and rock spirit, well thought (no part is too long) and carefully arranged, and yet still leaving some space for improvisation is a paragon example of the style of Caravan. Perfect performance of David Sinclair on the keyboard and Jimmy Hastings on the saxophone. CD includes also some interesting bonuses, among others: different mix of the two last parts of the suite. In my opinion better that original.
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