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Canterbury Scene

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the philosopher
4 stars All hail Caravan! Caravan is the most famous of the Canterburyscene and the most important reason for that is that they were not so eclected as most other Canterbury bands (Soft Machine, National Health, and the North, etc. ) Actually they are almost poplike accessible, which can especially be seen on the first side of "In the Land of Grey and Pink".

The first side contains jazzpop songs with some flute and violin harmonies. Also the characteristic Canterbury sounding keyboards can be heard on some of the songs. The songs really have an innocent sound created by the vocals and clean plaayed instruments. This side of the record has the same succesfactors like good outworking Traffic songs; so don't expect any eclecticism here; this is cross-over prog. This doesn't mean it's not good.

At first I was especially amazed about side two, which contains a 24:40 minutus during progressive bulldozer. This is truly canterbury progressive stuff and will enjoy the more eclectic prog fans. Later on I became more fond of the first side, because of it's catchy songs and funny texts.

Well, I'd like to give this record four stars, because there are no many really brilliant moments on it. I actually really like to listen to this record a lot and there are no weak moments on it as far as I can consider.

Four+ stars for this accessible, but still highly enjoyable record!

p.s.: I'd really like to thank my brother Friso -who should be welknown by the PA-community by now- for giving a vinyl copy of this record to me!

the philosopher | 4/5 |


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