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David Sinclair - Born 24 Nov. 1947 (Herne Bay, Kent, England)

Best known for being a member of Caravan and Camel

From Neil Saunders presentation on Dave's webpage (April 2014):

"He eventually attended Simon Langton School, Canterbury, at the same time as several other later luminaries of the Canterbury Scene: Mike Ratledge, Brian Hopper, Hugh Hopper and Robert Wyatt.

Dave was inspired to take up music by the accomplished pub-style piano playing of his Aunt Girlie, and showed a natural flair himself for the piano. Unenthusiastic about the early piano lessons he received after his parents noticed his growing interest in music, he nevertheless persevered as a self-taught player throughout his school years, his sharp ear and capacity for hard work ensuring that his progress was rapid.

On leaving school, Dave joined the Canterbury-based, semi-pro outfit, the Wilde Flowers. Almost every future member of the early line-ups of Soft Machine and Caravan passed through the ranks of this now legendary band during the two or three years of its existence (1964-67).

When changing musical fashions led to the disbandment of the Wilde Flowers, three members of its final line-up - Scottish-born (but Kent-educated) singer and guitarist Pye Hastings, Canterbury born-and-bred drummer Richard Coughlan and Dave himself - teamed up with another ex-member, Dave's cousin Richard Sinclair, a guitarist and vocalist from a musical Canterbury family who soon showed an extraordinary aptitude for bass guitar. They jettisoned most of the Wilde Flowers cover versions in favour of self-composed originals and called themselves Caravan.

Early successes on the local music scene soon led to London gigs and record company attention, followed by the recording and release of their eponymous first album. Well-received by critics and public alike, Caravan unfortunately proved to be something of a false start when the U.S. - based record company, Verve/Forecast, ceased its UK operations shortly after the album's release.

Luckily the band now had professional management, and shortly began a long, successful association with Decca. Their second album, If I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do It All Over You appeared in 1970, a spin-off single leading to an appearance on BBC TV's flagship ch...
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3.29 | 7 ratings
Moon over Man
3.25 | 4 ratings
Full Circle
3.33 | 3 ratings
Into the Sun
3.08 | 4 ratings
Pianoworks I - Frozen in Time
3.20 | 6 ratings
4.00 | 4 ratings
The Little Things
4.05 | 11 ratings
Out of Sinc

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

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Treasure Chest

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


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 Pianoworks I - Frozen in Time by SINCLAIR, DAVE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.08 | 4 ratings

Pianoworks I - Frozen in Time
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Review by Beautiful Scarlet

3 stars A collection of music that is almost entirely piano. There is flute, cymbals and quiet strings on some of the songs, briefly. The rest of the music consists purely of acoustic piano so yeah don't expect Progressive Rock. That being said the songs are given nice little style/touches so they work well together and are all lovely tunes. Additionally most of the songs are pretty calm so don't expect anything insane, just pretty piano music like the title/album cover suggest.

Overall this is a nice album that I think people interested in an instrumental piano album would enjoy a lot more then me. I do think it offers a nice insight into Dave Sinclair's writing style which is worthy of note since he wrote many of Caravans longest numbers so it's not worthless to fans of Progressive Rock.

 Out of Sinc by SINCLAIR, DAVE album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.05 | 11 ratings

Out of Sinc
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Review by Heart of the Matter

4 stars Nice solo album by the keyboard player & founding member of the legendary Canterbury band Caravan.

Don't expect any hyper-dexterous instrumental prowess, however, like it might come from, let's say, "Emerson, Lake & Palmer". What we have here are a bunch of fine, very well sung and arranged, piano ballads (like the first two songs) alternating with some more complex tracks bringing progressive ambiance in the sometimes unconventional harmony, a few unexpected rhytmic signature changes, and room for soloing (as, for example, "If I Run").

"On My Own" is the weak spot to my ears, a rather bland jazzy piece of tropical enchantment. The hot moment for the Canterburian fan may be "Home Again", a suite containing the clearly outstanding leading guitar by Andy Latimer, from Camel.

The vocals by David are good (if somewhat strained at some point) and collaborate in a very effective way to define the Caravan-like sound that one cannot less than expect from a record like this.

 Stream by SINCLAIR, DAVE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.20 | 6 ratings

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

3 stars I stumble upon this album by pure chance. But I had liked the song Sad Eyes when a friend post it for me on my Facebook page, so I was curious about Dave Sinclair´s solo album. I´m not very big fan of the so called "Canterbury Sound" and I´m no expert on this kind of music. All I knew is that Sinclair was the keyboards player of the classic line up of Caravan. And I was stunned by the big list of major players and singers that give a hand on this CD: Robert Wyatt (vocals & cornet, ex Soft Machine and Matching Mole), Jimmy Hastings (flute, clarinet and sax, from Caravan), Andy Latimer (Camel), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Barbara Gaskin and Dave Stewart (Stewart & Gaskin) and so on, even Morgan Fisher from Mott The Hoople is credit here. So I guess I was expecting a very strong prog album.

But really what you get is a very laid back, soft sound with celtic and even pop overtones. Almost all songs are very short (only Between Us and Sad Eyes break the 4 minute mark) and there are very few solos. Needless to say, everything is very well done and produced, but I guess some people will not like the lack of bolder. jazzier and longer instrumental parts. Of my part I liked Stream very much: it is a peaceful and pleasant sounding piece of music, if not too original. The choice of singers was a fine move, as the performances are also spotless. I enjoyed it form beginning to end. there are no weak tracks. Highlights are the opener Sad Eyes and the 7 minute Between Us, the only one where the instrumental parts have a little more freedom to fly.

Rating: 3.5 stars. Not really essential, but a fine record anyway. For the ones like me, who can appreciate subtle and very melodic music.

Thanks to southsideofthesky for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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