Header

CARAVAN

Canterbury Scene • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Caravan picture
Caravan biography
CARAVAN were the other half of the WILDE FLOWERS - the SOFT MACHINE being the other - that originated in Canterbury, Kent. The band itself was originally formed in early 1968 by guitarist/vocalist Pye HASTINGS, keyboardist Dave SINCLAIR, bassist/vocalist Richard SINCLAIR (later of HATFIELD & THE NORTH, NATIONAL HEALTH, etc.), and drummer Richard COUGHLAN. All four members of CARAVAN were, at one time or another, in that band. They were a leading exponent of what became known as "the Canterbury sound".

The band's 1968 self-titled debut was a hybrid of jazz and psychedelia. Things became serious with the second album, "If I Could Do It All Over Again,I'd Do It All Over You" and would mark the start of their classic period. The material was a very original mixture of styles including classical, jazz, and traditional English influences. A MILESTONE IN THEIR HISTORY. This recipe was used to great success on the next album, "In the Land of Grey and Pink". This album was a perfect blend between simple northern-English pop and complex progressive rock. Quite simply one of the greatest progressive rock classics. The style dominated the next album, "Waterloo Lily", released in May of 1972, which marked a clear step towards jazz. Yet, Richard SINCLAIR's influence was clearly apparent on the first side. "For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night" marked another change in the band's sound, this time towards a more streamlined symphonic approach. This album is not a bad album taken by itself, but the classic Canterbury sound stopped here. For a more representative look at CARAVAN in their prime, check out the preceding three albums. This lineup also recorded the live album "Caravan and the New Symphonia", a live 1973 performance accompanied by a full orchestra.

"Cunning Stunts" (1975) marked the beginning of a series of mediocre releases and lineup changes, eventually leading to the reunion of the original members on "Back to Front". Many different compilations and live albums were released in the intervening twelve years before a new studio album, "Battle of Hastings", which was released in 1995. This album was a nice collection of poppy tunes retaining the classic CARAVAN sound (organ, violin, flute, sax and HASTINGS' inimitable vocals). CARAVAN is still active today, playing many live dates in Britain and Holland and in 2000 saw the beginning of renewed activity (festival, concert, etc.). In February 2001, all the albums from "If I Could..." to "Cunning S...
read more

Caravan official website

CARAVAN MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s

CARAVAN forum topics / tours, shows & news


CARAVAN forum topics Create a topic now
CARAVAN tours, shows & news Post an entries now

CARAVAN Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Show all CARAVAN videos (5) | Search and add more videos to CARAVAN

Buy CARAVAN Music


In the Land of Grey & PinkIn the Land of Grey & Pink
Import
Universal UK 2011
Audio CD$12.63
$22.98 (used)
CaravanCaravan
Import · Remastered
Universal I.S. 2002
Audio CD$5.30
$4.94 (used)
If I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do ItIf I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do It
Import · Remastered
Polygram UK 2001
Audio CD$5.44
$4.44 (used)
For Girls Who Grow Plump in NightFor Girls Who Grow Plump in Night
Import · Remastered
Polygram UK 2005
Audio CD$5.46
$7.49 (used)
Paradise FilterParadise Filter
Import
Imports 2014
Audio CD$21.77
In the Land of Grey & PinkIn the Land of Grey & Pink
Import · Remastered
Polygram UK 2005
Audio CD$5.49
$4.56 (used)
Cool WaterCool Water
Import
Rough Trade
Audio CD$8.95
$3.89 (used)
Caravan & The New SymphoniaCaravan & The New Symphonia
Import · Remastered
Polygram UK 2001
Audio CD$5.44
$9.79 (used)
Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Caravan Palace - Panic CD US $45.62 Buy It Now 1h 18m
CARAVAN-THIN LIZZY-ALLMAN BROTHERS- One More For The Road CD GREEK COLLECTION US $7.99 Buy It Now 1h 46m
Caravan - Blakey,Art & The Jazz Messengers New & Sealed CD Free Shipping US $31.19 Buy It Now 2h 37m
CARAVAN. BLIND DOG AT ST. DUNSTANS'. ARISTA. AL 4088. 1976. PROGRESSIVE ROCK US $7.00 Buy It Now 3h 46m
ART GENTRY 45rpm-RED VINYL- "Three Little Fishies" - CARAVAN # 624 US $0.99 [0 bids]
US $3.50 Buy It Now
3h 51m
HOUSEMARTINS USA 1987 PROMO 7" Single CARAVAN OF LOVE US $4.98 Buy It Now 4h 21m
Caravan - Waterloo Lily - 8829822 US $11.45 Buy It Now 4h 24m
MEDICINE BALL CARAVAN:1971 MOVIE SOUNDTRACK LP - ALICE COOPER-YOUNGBLOODS PSYCH US $5.50 Buy It Now 4h 29m
CARAVAN In the Land of Grey and Pink 40th Deluxe 2 CD & 1 DVD prog rock classic US $22.49 [0 bids]
4h 32m
Robin Trower - Caravan To Midnight #CHR-1189 LP Vinyl Record Album VG+ Rock US $7.00 Buy It Now 4h 53m
Harry Connick Jr 25 inc Stardust Caravan + Cassette Tape - TESTED US $11.65 Buy It Now 4h 55m
SAMES/AMPERS&/ANDY ASH/REPLIKA - Midnight Caravan EP - 12" US $15.96 Buy It Now 5h 3m
RONALD L. CARAVAN - AMERICA REMEMBERS [RONALD L. CARAVAN] - NEW CD US $13.76 Buy It Now 5h 9m
ALICE COOPER BB KING YOUNGBLOODS STONEGROUND MEDICINE BALL CARAVAN LP 511 US $8.99 Buy It Now 5h 34m
CARAVAN For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night CD 7 tracks Deram 820 971-2 US $0.99 [1 bids]
5h 41m
CARAVAN GIRLS 7 LP Replica JAPANOBI CD Sealed Box Set US $594.99 Buy It Now 6h 9m
Rare country 45 Lou Dee Jim Flahertys Caravan My Darling Rosie US $12.99 [0 bids]
6h 16m
ART GENTRY 45rpm-RED VINYL- "Three Little Fishies" - CARAVAN # 624 US $0.99 [0 bids]
US $5.00 Buy It Now
7h 6m
DAVID SINCLAIR - MOON OVER MAN CARAVAN 70s SOLO ex CARAVAN REMASTERED CD+5xtks US $5.95 Buy It Now 7h 9m
THE QUILL Voodoo Caravan CD 2001 Retro Hard Rock US $5.99 Buy It Now 7h 20m
Caravan - Dos - Spanish 2LP's near mint US $15.00 [0 bids]
US $24.00 Buy It Now
7h 26m
PAUL SCHWINGENSCHLOEGEL / ADAM GALLINA - HANG CARAVAN NEW CD US $29.90 Buy It Now 7h 26m
Caravan - Man & Buffalo [CD New] US $17.98 Buy It Now 7h 33m
TITTERTON I Hear You Calling Me/Where My Caravan Has Started 78 DECCA F2790 US $21.62 Buy It Now 7h 37m
Dub Caravan - Nomadic Fusions [CD New] US $11.21 Buy It Now 7h 39m
CD - Lost Tunes - Classic Rock - 15 Tracks - Issue 130, Caravan,Mott Hoople US $9.99 Buy It Now 7h 43m
Vintage 78 Record 1930s Bunny Berigan "Caravan" "A Study in Brown" VICTOR US $13.80 Buy It Now 8h 13m
Panic - Caravan Palace New & Sealed CD Free Shipping US $30.21 Buy It Now 8h 23m
Linda Purl - Midnight Caravan [CD New] US $13.42 Buy It Now 8h 25m
Caravan Palace - Panic 2013 [CD New] US $26.99 Buy It Now 8h 30m
Canterbury prog CARAVAN Cunning Stunts 1975 LP Canada pressing US $11.99 Buy It Now 8h 36m
LES PAUL CARAVAN & BRAZIL CAPITOL CL13162 US $4.14 Buy It Now 8h 42m
DUB CARAVAN - NOMADIC FUSIONS - NEW CD US $10.42 Buy It Now 8h 48m
COLUMBIA - AMERICAN CARAVAN - 114 BEST LOVED MELODIES - PS 5048 US $9.99 [0 bids]
8h 49m
David "Fathead" Newman - Return to the Wide Open Spaces Live Caravan of Dreams US $6.99 Buy It Now 9h 38m
INSPIRAL CARPETS Caravan w/ RARE REMIX & RARE EDIT 1991 PROMO DJ CD Single US $19.99 Buy It Now 9h 47m
CD: GALACTIC CARAVAN: Najma,Amina,Hakim,Trans-Global Underground,Cheb Mami,Zohar US $9.97 Buy It Now 9h 47m
78 RPM Record 10" Ray Linn & His Orchestra Caravan & Escape Signature 28122 US $15.99 Buy It Now 10h 5m
78 RPM Record 10" Charlie Barnet Caravan Darktown Strutters Ball Apollo 1070 EXC US $24.99 Buy It Now 10h 16m
Grand Caravan 3 Melancholy Gypsies To The Rim of the World Original VG++/M- US $9.00 Buy It Now 10h 47m
CARAVAN FOR GIRLS WHO GROW PLUMP IN THE NIGHT PROG ROCK STERLING PRESS EX+ US $14.99 [1 bids]
10h 53m
Barbara Dickson - Caravan Song 7" 1978 Ex Epic EPC8103 US $6.64 Buy It Now 11h 49m
CARAVAN - ETHER WAY US $19.46 Buy It Now 12h
MACHITO TITO PUENTE JOE LOCO MAMBO CARAVAN USA LP free ship US $62.73 Buy It Now 12h 39m
The Housemartins - Caravan Of Love - U.S. PROMO 12" US $4.98 Buy It Now 13h 2m
Uncut Magazine Presents Fill Your Head With Prog, Various Artists, Caravan, Aphr US $2.99 Buy It Now 13h 30m
Ultra Rare George Jenkins Last Call on Tampa TP112 45 rpm Caravan US $9.99 [0 bids]
14h 9m
(ED470) Caravan Palace, Clash - DJ CD US $4.98 Buy It Now 14h 32m
CARAVAN & THE NEW SYMPHONIA s/t 1974 LONDON CLASSIC ROCK LP US $17.60 Buy It Now 14h 34m
78RPM Victor 25653 Bunny Berigan, Caravan / A Study in Brown V+ US $17.95 Buy It Now 16h 14m
2 Vintage Caravan RED Records '' PINOCCHIO HILLBILLY -SONGS '' 78rpm 1949 C-16 US $19.99 [0 bids]
US $29.99 Buy It Now
16h 54m
CARAVAN blind dog at St Dunstans sealed 8 track xxx rare US $6.95 Buy It Now 17h 12m
"Caravan" Madviolet *EXCELLENT* 2006 CD US $12.52 Buy It Now 17h 28m
Virtual Oasis by Haji Mike/Dub Caravan (CD, Jul-2010, DubMed) US $4.99 [0 bids]
17h 42m
LINDA PURL - MIDNIGHT CARAVAN (DIGIPAK) NEW CD US $22.27 Buy It Now 18h 17m
Caravan of Love by Isley Jasper Isley Cassette (Brand New, Factory Sealed) US $9.99 Buy It Now 18h 21m
ROBIN TROWER CARAVAN TO MIDNIGHT LP 494 US $8.99 Buy It Now 19h 18m
THE GOSPEL SINGING CARAVAN vinyl LP Sing MFLP 558 LeFevres Prophets Blue Ridge US $24.88 Buy It Now 19h 32m
Caravan 1983 Marquee Club Concert Ticket US $9.99 Buy It Now 19h 58m
Caravan/Strawbs/Rose Amongst Thorns 1991 Town & Country Club Concert Ticket US $13.32 Buy It Now 20h 2m
The Battle of Hastings by Caravan (CD USA Castle) OOP Good! US $34.99 Buy It Now 20h 7m
NEW sealed CD Geordie Animals Atomic Rooster Caravan US $19.99 Buy It Now 20h 13m
PANTERA - PLANET CARAVAN 4tracks, 1994 GERMANY CD US $17.39 Buy It Now 20h 29m
DUB CARAVAN - NOMADIC FUSIONS NEW CD US $17.33 Buy It Now 20h 56m
ART BLAKEY JAZZ MESSENGERS-3 LP'S-CARAVAN-UGETSO-3 BLIND MICE-GF US $21.99 Buy It Now 22h 6m
Kronos caravan CD US $7.19 Buy It Now 22h 11m
VENTURES BULLDOG/APACHE/CARAVAN/PERFIDIA 7" EP LIBERTY JAPAN 4060 SURF STEREO US $7.99 Buy It Now 22h 57m
Caravan - If I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do It All ... japan mini LP SHM CD US $26.99 Buy It Now 23h 25m
Caravan - If I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do It All ... japan mini LP SHM CD US $26.99 [0 bids]
23h 26m
Linda Purl - Midnight Caravan CD US $17.80 Buy It Now 1 day
Caravan - A Night's Tale (SFMCD275) US $14.96 Buy It Now 1 day
Caravan - Man & Buffalo CD US $19.58 Buy It Now 1 day
Dub Caravan - Nomadic Fusions CD US $15.20 Buy It Now 1 day
CARAVAN PALACE - PANIC (IMPORT) NEW CD US $55.09 Buy It Now 1 day
BESIDE MY CARAVAN, Original 30's Sheet Music,ALFREDO & HIS GIPSY ORCHESTRA US $19.98 Buy It Now 1 day
CARAVAN - MAN & BUFFALO (LTD) NEW CD US $23.80 Buy It Now 1 day
ART BLAKEY - CARAVAN / BUHAINA'S DELIGHT NEW CD US $19.22 Buy It Now 1 day
STATIC CARAVAN.T-SHIRT LARGE.NEW BLACK US $9.97 Buy It Now 1 day
DARRYL WAY'S WOLF ? SATURATION POINT ? EX '73 Deram UK prog SOFT MACHINE CARAVAN US $50.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Swing 45 Big Bucks / Caravan US $2.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Caravan In The Land Of Grey And Pink CD Progressive Rock Music Album Brand New US $11.64 Buy It Now 1 day
Xhol Caravan + Current 93 / Nurse With Wound / Christoph Heemann - Motherfuckers US $79.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Christmas Caravan (1998) - Used - Compact Disc US $1.37 Buy It Now 1 day
Cunning Stunts by Caravan (CD, Jun-2010, Repetoire) US $14.01 Buy It Now 1 day
Cunning Stunts by Caravan (CD, Jul-2006, Repertoire) US $14.30 Buy It Now 1 day
MONTE MONTGOMERY LIVE AT THE CARAVAN OF DREAMS CD US $23.29 Buy It Now 1 day
Caravan, If I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do It All Over Audio CD US $14.95 Buy It Now 1 day
Steel Guitar INSTRUMENTAL 45 Santo & Johnny "CARAVAN" / "SUMMERTIME" US $9.99 [0 bids]
1 day
Caravan - Panorama Vision Japan Edition CD B3 US $9.99 Buy It Now 1 day
Caravan - Live In Concert At Metropolis Studios London (cd+dvd) NEW 2 x CD US $19.13 Buy It Now 1 day
Isley Jasper Isley: Caravan Of Love vinyl LP US $8.31 Buy It Now 1 day
rare TOMMY SCOTT & HIS COUNTRY CARAVAN SEALED LP High flyin country US $8.00 Buy It Now 1 day
George Shearing "Shearing Caravan" 1955 MGM 3175 VG++ US $15.00 Buy It Now 1 day
Quincy Jones Big Band, Caravan, 12" 45rpm LP, Mercury- Japan, 45S-6 US $21.00 Buy It Now 1 day
THE VENTURES 7" PS Japan CARAVAN r7779 US $5.00 Buy It Now 1 day
The Housemartins(7" Vinyl P/S)Caravan Of Love-Go Discs-GOD 16-UK-Ex/Ex US $7.99 Buy It Now 1 day
INSPIRAL CARPETS UK 1991 REMIX 12" Single CARAVAN DiscNEW US $4.58 Buy It Now 1 day
The Gospel Singing Caravans - Caravan Caravan Caravan - LP US $3.00 Buy It Now 1 day
INSPIRAL CARPETS USA 1991 PROMO CD Single CARAVAN US $4.98 Buy It Now 1 day
BOND The Best Of Bond 2005 Taiwan w/box CD New Victory-Caravan-Sugar Plum US $19.99 Buy It Now 1 day

More places to buy CARAVAN music online Buy CARAVAN & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
  • AmazonMP3: Search for CARAVAN DRM-Free MP3 Downloads @ AmazonMP3 (USA Only) | AmazonMP3 (UK Only)

CARAVAN shows & tickets


  • Slow Music Slow LIVE'14 ????? on 30 Aug 2014
  • NEW ACOUSTIC CAMP 2014 on 13 Sep 2014
  • Caravan + ?????? at Reading 3, Tel Aviv on 25 Oct 2014
  • Caravan on 7 Nov 2014
  • Caravan at Boerderij, Zoetermeer on 8 Nov 2014
  • Caravan on 8 Nov 2014

CARAVAN discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

CARAVAN top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.67 | 356 ratings
Caravan
1968
4.23 | 648 ratings
If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You
1970
4.27 | 1143 ratings
In The Land Of Grey And Pink
1971
3.76 | 368 ratings
Waterloo Lily
1972
4.15 | 500 ratings
For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night
1973
3.04 | 235 ratings
Cunning Stunts
1975
3.24 | 167 ratings
Blind Dog At St. Dunstans
1976
2.86 | 98 ratings
Better by Far
1977
2.08 | 86 ratings
The Album
1980
2.33 | 79 ratings
Back to Front
1982
2.78 | 86 ratings
The Battle Of Hastings
1995
3.23 | 78 ratings
The Unauthorised Breakfast Item
2003
2.88 | 43 ratings
Paradise Filter
2013

CARAVAN Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.85 | 132 ratings
Caravan & The New Symphonia
1974
3.62 | 15 ratings
The Best of Caravan "Live"
1980
3.20 | 7 ratings
Show of Our Lives
1981
3.35 | 33 ratings
BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert
1991
2.80 | 15 ratings
Live 1990
1993
3.80 | 11 ratings
Live: Canterbury Comes to London
1997
3.80 | 5 ratings
Back Of The Tracks (Live On The Continent)
1998
3.61 | 10 ratings
Ether Way: BBC Sessions 1975-77
1998
2.71 | 10 ratings
Surprise Supplies (AKA "Here I am")
1999
3.07 | 9 ratings
Green Bottles For Marjorie
2002
4.43 | 87 ratings
Live At Fairfield Halls - 1974
2002
3.89 | 10 ratings
Live UK Tour 1975
2003
3.60 | 5 ratings
Nowhere to Hide
2003
3.14 | 9 ratings
Live in Nottingham
2003
3.89 | 31 ratings
The Show Of Our Lives: Caravan At The BBC 1968-1975
2007
2.21 | 10 ratings
A Hunting We Shall Go: Live In 1974
2008
2.65 | 5 ratings
The European Tour 2011: Live At Shepherds Bush Empire
2012

CARAVAN Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.38 | 14 ratings
Classic Rock Legends (DVD)
2001
2.48 | 10 ratings
A Knight In London
2003
3.94 | 13 ratings
A Night's Tale: Live In The USA
2004
4.30 | 10 ratings
Caravan - The 35th Anniversary Concert
2005
2.98 | 6 ratings
The Anthology/The Ultimate Anthology
2007

CARAVAN Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.10 | 21 ratings
Canterbury Tales - The Best of Caravan
1976
2.07 | 4 ratings
The Canterbury Collection
1984
4.06 | 6 ratings
The Best Of Caravan
1993
3.69 | 29 ratings
Canterbury Tales: The Best Of Caravan 1968-1975
1994
2.29 | 18 ratings
Cool Water
1994
3.19 | 14 ratings
All Over You
1997
3.00 | 2 ratings
Travelling Man
1998
3.23 | 16 ratings
Songs For Oblivion Fishermen
1998
3.32 | 17 ratings
All Over You ... Too
1999
3.05 | 3 ratings
Headloss
1999
3.00 | 2 ratings
The HTD Years
2000
3.16 | 11 ratings
Where But For Caravan Would I?
2000
2.16 | 6 ratings
Travelling Ways
2002
4.65 | 24 ratings
The World Is Yours - The Anthology 1968-1976
2010
2.00 | 2 ratings
Place of My Own: The Collection
2014

CARAVAN Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.09 | 4 ratings
Place of My Own
1969
3.75 | 4 ratings
Hello, Hello
1970
3.33 | 3 ratings
Love to Love You
1971
2.92 | 3 ratings
Stuck in a Hole
1975
2.00 | 3 ratings
Better By Far
1977
2.00 | 1 ratings
Heartbreaker
1980

CARAVAN Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 In The Land Of Grey And Pink by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.27 | 1143 ratings

BUY
In The Land Of Grey And Pink
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by JCDenton

2 stars For years I thought "Nine Feet Underground" was the only good track.

I returned to this album years later with little memory of the rest of the album. They all sounded okay another time through, except "Love to be Louis the Canterbury Kingsmen". Wow. I'm surprised these tunes didn't sound bad anymore. I almost was going to say that I enjoyed them.

But then "Nine Feet" came on. A very short time had passed when I realized this song completely blows the rest out of the water. It's not even that the other tracks are bad. They just seem tame and not so captivating by comparison. "Golf Girl" and "Winter Wine" are good tunes. All the potential is there, but the band doesn't jam when it's time to grow loud and heavy. The soloing is pretty good, but after a time just feels typical, undistinguished and seems like noodling to fill up some more time. By the time the title track comes about, I'm impatiently waiting for the reason I dug up the recording. Why overshadow the other lesser tunes with the lengthy epic containing most of the interesting ideas and melodies? Each part of "Nine Feet" is better than nearly all other songs on the album.

In the Land of-.. Hell, just skip to "Nine Feet Underground".

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Paradise Filter by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.88 | 43 ratings

BUY
Paradise Filter
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars The British Canterbury band Caravan has been an important part of my prog discoveries the past two years and I have got anything fresh and lovely from almost everything they have done. Thirteen records have they done, many of them have got bad reviews from listeners here but I have liked even records as Back to front, The Album and Cunning Stunts. Their latest record from 2003 though didn't got my fully attention. In the very end of last year 2013 Caravan released their thirteenth studio album "Paradise filter" and it took some while before I could listen to it. I like the appearence of the cover. The Caravan sign is fresh and simple and the title has a computer style and the main motive is some strong coloured fields.

Four of the participating musicians have been in Caravan before. Most important of them are of course Pye Hastings, without whose voice and light attitude there hadn't been any Caravan. Also we have Geoffrey Richardson whose strings from time to time have given this music a lot of splendor and Jan Schelhaas who also played keyboards in the band in the middle of the seventies. Jim Leverton has played bass in the band since 1995. The drummer Mark Walker and guitarist Doug Boyle are new. Beside these musicians some are missed of course: Richard Coughlan, who died last year, the keyboard wizard Dave Sinclair and the charismatic Richard Sinclair is also missed, even if Caravan still is a reliable band.

Actually I was a bit suspicious when I put this record but instead the music made me satisfied. "Paradise filter" is not a fantastic record that Caravan should be remebered for, but it is a great collection of well performed songs. Some of the songs are very decent. I think I like "I'll be there for you" most(8/10). It's a happy song with an instrumental world which proudly bears the mantle of this prog band. "Trust me I am a doctor" is another lovely piece, well composed and sung and has great guitars too(8/10). Then we have "All this could be yours" which enters the record with melodical light and the catchy Pye and some English strings(8/10). "Fingers in the till" is also very sympathic with a smart melody and guitar(7/10) as well as "I'm on my way" which even if it's a bit bluesy has some old Caravan' feeling. The other compositions are reasonable but not interesting. My overall impression is that this is a good late Caravan record. It doesn't seem to have intentions to fight with old Caravan in originality but it doesn't need to do that. If I would judge records after how progressive they are this would have got a very low rating. Now I'm going to give it three strong stars. It is not a magic record, but it pleases me as a Caravan fan, and I am sure others will like it too. I think Caravan is worth your time!

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Paradise Filter by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.88 | 43 ratings

BUY
Paradise Filter
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by madcap68

3 stars What I wrote about "The Battle of Hastings" applies here as well: There is much on this album that I like, just not too much prog, really. So, although I consider this to be quite a fine album (some songs stronger than others, of course) I can't give more than 3 stars here, progwise...

Musically, it's close to TBoH, although I'm missing older brother Jimmy Hastings' woodwinds that are missing here (for the first time?). Nevertheless, Geoffrey Richardson's viola fills some gaps in a nice way.

After some listening, it's probably a little weaker than TBoH, which might have the catchier melodies, and "The Unauthorized Breakfast Item", which might have a little more edge, but if you liked those, this one should definetely be worth a try.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Caravan by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 1968
3.67 | 356 ratings

BUY
Caravan
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by sinslice

4 stars Great debut from the best band in Canterbury!

Highlights include Place of my Own, Where But For Caravan Would I Be?, Love Song with Flute and Magic Man. Is no doubt that there is still some degree of immaturity and in the following steps of the band would see clarity and decisiveness in their innovative ideas. Still, it´s a transcendent work taking into account the time it was produced.

Distinctive experimentation in the final track. A distorted organ and bold. Fortunately, Caravan deepen beautifully in this type of sound and arrangements. Psychedelic, jazzy, symphonic, melodic. In addition to the outstanding organ performance by Dave Sinclair, Recently deceased Richard Coughlan stands in Drums. There eloquent progressive tendencies, but can not qualify as a masterpiece in the genre.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 The Unauthorised Breakfast Item by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.23 | 78 ratings

BUY
The Unauthorised Breakfast Item
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by MJAben

1 stars I would like to give this album a higher rating, it isn't bad. In truth it is quite pleasant and I never truly regret listening to the album. Despite this the album is ultimately dull and contained, a mere shadow of the once great Caravan. By saying that I don't imply that the album isn't nice enough, nor that Caravan (as a band) haven't aged well... Compared to many classic prog bands they've aged extraordinarily well. The issue that I have with this album (and for that matter all Caravan albums since 'For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night') is that it's safe, it's catering to a fan base and producing material that, like it or not, we've all heard before.

This isn't entirely a bad thing, and when done well can produce an album with a great deal of merit but the question is, is it done well on this album and the answer to that question is sometimes. At the album's height it can sound interesting, a softer 80s Rush to my ears... At its low points however it feels like I'm listening to a Bon Jovi album in which they forgot to write pop songs. At many points the album sounds inane and predictable such as with the opening track Smoking Gun, the title track and Tell Me Why.

There are some minor peak moments in this album the interesting and evolving It's Getting a Whole Lot Better is to me the highest point on the album, giving a fresh and expansive feel to the overall sound. Moments like this are, for me, few and far between however however and don't grant the album a strong recommendation to say the least. To collectors of Caravan (or fans of Bon Jovi) I can recommend this, it is a pleasant listen most of the time... To fans of prog or anyone looking for an album that hasn't completely sold itself into the well-written but dull soft rock category stay clear there is very little that one can take away from this album.

1.5 rounded down to 1 star because I'm not quite sure how people think this is a 4-star album... Maybe I'm missing something.

Personal rating would probably be 3 stars as it is a nice enough album.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Paradise Filter by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.88 | 43 ratings

BUY
Paradise Filter
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

2 stars There are some rare bands underway which still can hold up the spirit they were able to offer when starting the fire long ago. Unfortunately though, at least when it comes to this studio album, the current CARAVAN incarnation can't be counted amongst them. Okay, they are free to record what they like to play, no question. But this definitely is not what I was waiting for. When comparing with their earlier productions, 'Paradise Filter' appears far away from what I would call progressive rock music. Ten songs are given, blues and folk pop rock tinged, I can't hear any canterbury context anymore.

Simple straightforward compositions, not remotely close to suites like 'Nine Feet Underground' and 'For Richard' for instance. I'm missing any surprises, twists and turns, or improv parts featuring this typical intriguing guitar, keyboard and violin interaction from the earlier days. Only on Trust Me I'm A Doctor and the title track there is a slight reminiscence to the successful times to recognize. Although Pye Hastings' charming voice nearly has gone on some tunes you can hear that the musicianship is already there basically. But when it comes to the compositions they are playing it utterly safe here. Hence - with deep respect for the musicians and their legacy - this songs won't light my fire, sorry.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Paradise Filter by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.88 | 43 ratings

BUY
Paradise Filter
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars This is what we are

A full ten years after their previous studio album, Caravan returned in 2013 with a new album. While not up to the high standards of the previous The Unauthorised Breakfast Item, Paradise Filter is a good album that is superior to the albums the group released during the 90's, 80's, and second half of the 70's (post-Cunning Stunts).

The line-up consists of Pye Hastings, Jan Schelhaas, Geoffrey Richardson, Jim Leverton, Doug Boyle, and Mark Walker. The distinctive Caravan sound remains intact and the band's trademarks are here. The sound is a bit more laid-back compared to The Unauthorised Breakfast Item, but not as "naked" and tame as The Battle Of Hastings. Though, the Folk influences from The Battle Of Hastings are again evident here.

The melodies are less strong than on the previous album and there are no standout tracks like the excellent Nowhere To Hide from that last album. Still, Paradise Filter is a pleasant listen from beginning to end and there are no embarrassments. Any Prog fan is bound to notice that almost all of the tracks here are around four and half minutes long, and the longest track is just over six minutes in length. Hence, no epic track like Nine Feet Underground or Dabsong Conshirto. The slightly longer tracks at the end of the album and not much more progressive than the shorter ones, and the album as a whole is not overly progressive really. Paradise Filter is nonetheless a worthy entry in the Caravan catalogue.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 The Unauthorised Breakfast Item by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.23 | 78 ratings

BUY
The Unauthorised Breakfast Item
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

4 stars Caravan's best album in 30 years!

Exactly three decades after their peak with For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night in 1973, Caravan finally managed to make an album that was up to the standards of their best works; finally a return to form. 2003's The Unauthorised Breakfast Item has everything that that the foregoing handful of albums from the 90's, 80's, and the late 70's lacked: inspiration, energy, strong material, the right sound and the right feel.

The line-up here consists of Pye Hastings, Richard Coughlan, Jan Schelhaas, Doug Boyle, Geoffrey Richardson, and Jim Leverton, with Dave Sinclair and Jimmy Hastings appearing as guests. The album has all of the band's trademarks, yet at the same time it also has a strong Rock edge that is uncharacteristic of Caravan and that was completely missing from the previous, acoustically driven The Battle of Hastings. The opening track, for example, has an almost heavy Rock groove, but the chorus lines are still cheerful and catchy and the melodies are memorable this time around.

Another strong point about this album is that there is a good flow and a good balance between vocal and instrumental passages and between acoustic and electric instruments. There is a nice variety of tempos from upbeat to almost ambient, and the instrumental variety is here as well with tasteful uses of viola, banjo, flutes, and saxophone, among the "normal" (Prog) Rock setting of drums, bass, guitars, and keyboards. The influences include Jazz, Folk, Rock, and Pop music.

The whole album is very good, but the absolute highlight for me is the almost nine minute Nowhere To Hide which features excellent lead guitar and towards the end erupts in a synthesiser and violin dual that reminds me of Kansas! Some hardcore Caravan fans might perhaps complain that this track, as well as some of the other tracks here, don't sound enough like (classic) Caravan. But at the same time this album might appeal to people that normally are not overly keen on Caravan (like me, for example; I like the band, but am not a big fan). I actually enjoy this album more than almost any other Caravan album.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 Back to Front  by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 1982
2.33 | 79 ratings

BUY
Back to Front
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars Better. But not by far

Caravan soldiered on during the early 80's with Back To Front, another entry in a series of weak albums from the group that began with Blind Dog At St. Dunstans. Back To Front is better than the previous The Album, but it is not better by far. The material is still uninspired, but at least here they again sound like Caravan. I find it a pleasant enough listen, but it fails to make an impact or leave any lasting impressions. After this album there would be a longer silence from the band and not until 1995 would they release another studio album. I think it was clear that they had come to the end of the line here. And like for most other classic progressive Rock bands, the 80's were not kind to them.

The song Videos Of Hollywood was previously familiar to me from Caravan's entry in the Classic Rock Legends video series. It is a rather simple Pop number, but at least it has a memorable melody and a characteristic lead vocal.

Back To Front is another Caravan album for fans and collectors

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

 The Album by CARAVAN album cover Studio Album, 1980
2.08 | 86 ratings

BUY
The Album
Caravan Canterbury Scene

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars The Disco Album

Caravan entered the 80's with this Disco-infected Pop Rock album, simply titled The Album. The first two tracks are upbeat, simple Pop-Disco tunes that feel void of inspiration, but with Watcha Gonna Tell Me there is at least some first indication that they still had at least some progressive aspirations. Some nice flute and keyboard sounds there. Piano Player is a pleasant enough piano-driven semi-ballad not far away from the style of Supertramp. Electric Light Orchestra (of the late 70's) is another reference point for this album. It only occasionally sounds like a Caravan album.

Several more dull and uninspired tracks follow, and it is not until the Reggae of Clear Blue Sky that there is again anything even slightly interesting. But interesting does not equal good. The Album is another one of a long string of rather uninspired albums from Caravan.

Like the previous two albums, this one is recommended for fans and collectors

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | GeoIP Services by MaxMind | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — the ultimate jazz music virtual community | MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music virtual community


Server processing time: 1.63 seconds