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LIVE 1990

Caravan

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Sean Trane
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3 stars Live recording from the original four for a special series that also included a live album from Hatfield and the North. This captures some classic tunes from the classic era but has an under-rehearsed feel to it. As you might have guessed this starts from the third track and goes all the way. This prompted the band to come out of retirement but the fabulous bassist decided to create his own Caravan Of Dreams.

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Posted Tuesday, March 16, 2004 | Review Permalink
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2 stars It's live but it doesn't live ...

CARAVAN performs this gig 1990 with the original lineup from 1971 - the year they had presented us the stunning 'In the land of grey and pink'.

This release contains seven wellknown CARAVAN songs. But - as the other reviewers mentioned before - they play them uninspired, polished - with a sense of duty.

Normally I would give 3 stars. But there are existing much better live performances like 'BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert' or 'Caravan & The New Symphonia'.

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Posted Saturday, August 26, 2006 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Recorded by the original lineup of the band, almost twenty years after the release of the legendary "In the Land of Grey and Pink", "Live 1990" is not a bad album by any means - but neither is as good as one could expect from a band like Caravan. In comparison, for instance, to the superb, recently re-released BBC sessions, there is something definitely missing here.

The sound, for one, is not as smooth and well-rounded as we have come to expect from the band, and the absence of Geoff Richardson's viola can be keenly felt, especially on opening track Headloss. As other reviewers have already noted, David Sinclair's usually sizzling keyboard work has a flat, somewhat tinny quality that detracts from those compositions which, like "For Richard" or "Nine Feet Underground", rely on a rich keyboard sound for effectiveness. The listener gets the overall feel that, though the band can do much better, they are in a way going through the motions.

In spite of all those drawbacks, "Live 1990" does have its plus points. The choice of songs is excellent - with the exception of "Videos of Hollywood", a pleasant but ultimately forgettable, melancholy pop song that was featured on 1982's "Back to Front" album, they all belong to the band's classic years. As a matter of fact, the album would be worth getting hold of just for the beautiful version of "Winter Wine" - probably the band's best song ever - and for Richard Sinclair's incomparable vocals, as dreamy, wistful and velvety as twenty years earlier.

Indeed, though this album is not on a par with other live offerings from the band, I'll give it three stars on account of Richard S.'s performance, and of the timeless quality of the songs featured. Even when not at their best, Caravan are always a pleasure to listen to.

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Posted Saturday, February 16, 2008 | Review Permalink
3 stars It is always nice to listen to a Caravan live album. Actually, it is always nice to listen to Caravan, full stop. I have a soft spot for this band. This album is not their most inspired live album, it has to be said. But they run through some of their greatest tunes without disgracing them. The viritous level of performance from their superb BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert album is sadly lacking here. But the music is always very good though. It is always nice to hear In the Land of Grey and Pink and For Richard. But this album is not their greatest live album. If you get it as cheap as I did, you may invest in it.

3 stars

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