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    Posted: April 10 2013 at 14:15
Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother

Even though it's not a very popular one, I'm going to come out loud and proud lol - yes, I'll admit my love for Caravan's `Better By Far'!


Everything from the daggy cover, to the smutty and cheeky lyrics, the upbeat positivity, the peppy poppy numbers, all those zippy keyboard solos...so much fun, and it sounds like the band is having a blast too :)

Everything that makes Caravan so unique and special can still be found in that one for me!
 
Agreed ... and I have quoted the oversized foot and a couple of other lines from that song many times in here ... and no one got it!
 
It's a great album ... and as the girls say in the background .... "I want more" ....
 
But it was not as loud as Lola and it means that all the progressorios never even read the lyrics to appreciate the work!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote hellogoodbye Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 10 2013 at 14:54
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 11 2013 at 00:36
Originally posted by Andrea Cortese

"Live at the Fairfield Halls" or "Caravan and the New Symphonia"?

Which one do you prefer?
Probably still go with the New Symphonia album.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote boysmithers Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 11 2013 at 14:42
Wow, lots of good stuff to check out here...
When it comes to Canterbury, I'm only really familiar with Gong and Caravan, I feel the need to explore Soft Machine & the works of Dave Stewart.

BTW, I saw Caravan live on Monday, in a church in Oxford - wow!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Andrea Cortese Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 11 2013 at 15:00
^^^ You lucky!!

I wish I was there. What did the band play?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 11 2013 at 18:33
Can't recall if this was mentioned....might be of interest to Canterbury completists...yes i actually own a copy.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 13 2013 at 03:08
I don't really consider GonG as a Canterbury scene band.  They have connections, and some likenesses (is that a word ??) but to me they will always be more of a Space Rock/Psychedelic band.  'Shamal' is about as Canterbury as they get in my mind............same goes for Steve Hillage (although Fish Rising's 'Solar Musick Suite' hits the mark).
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 13 2013 at 03:10
Oh yeah, and Henry Cow are more Canterburian than GonG any day of the week (especially the 'sock' albums LOL).
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I don't think of Gong or Henry Cow as Canterbury though Legend has moments.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 15 2013 at 00:58
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad

I don't think of Gong or Henry Cow as Canterbury though Legend has moments.
I've been listening to my H.C. albums a bit, and I suppose LegEnd is the strongest for Canterbury in sound, but Unrest has some elements too.  By the time of Dagmar's arrival, they replaced that magical vibe with something altogether new and unique.  I love Tim Hodgkinson's organ playing in particular.
Gilgamesh is a very special Canterbury band - and I worship the final National Health album (D.S. al Coda), produced in memory of dear Alan Gowen.  Canterbury still lived on beyond the 70's. 
Any love for the 80's Caravan albums ??  'The Album' has some impressive stuff on it - probably a stronger album than 'Back To Front'...................
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Originally posted by moshkito

Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother

Even though it's not a very popular one, I'm going to come out loud and proud lol - yes, I'll admit my love for Caravan's `Better By Far'!


Everything from the daggy cover, to the smutty and cheeky lyrics, the upbeat positivity, the peppy poppy numbers, all those zippy keyboard solos...so much fun, and it sounds like the band is having a blast too :)

Everything that makes Caravan so unique and special can still be found in that one for me!
 
Agreed ... and I have quoted the oversized foot and a couple of other lines from that song many times in here ... and no one got it!
 
It's a great album ... and as the girls say in the background .... "I want more" ....
 
But it was not as loud as Lola and it means that all the progressorios never even read the lyrics to appreciate the work!

Interesting. I never tried that album.
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Hi there. That Kevin Ayers discussion made me willing to go further in my discography, crossing the Sweet Deceiver border. I bought Yes We Have no Maņanas... So Get Your Maņanas Today (1976).



Not bad... not bad at all!


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Post Options Post Options   Quote HolyMoly Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 17 2013 at 08:10
Originally posted by Andrea Cortese

Hi there. That Kevin Ayers discussion made me willing to go further in my discography, crossing the Sweet Deceiver border. I bought Yes We Have no Maņanas... So Get Your Maņanas Today (1976).



Not bad... not bad at all!
I have that one on LP but have never given it a real good listen.  I'll have to pull it out again.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Aussie-Byrd-Brother Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 17 2013 at 08:15
I've got a record fair this Sunday, I'm going to keep a particular lookout for some Kevin Ayers LP/CD's and give them a shot, I'm very curious! Thanks for all the suggestions, guys
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Andrea Cortese Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 17 2013 at 15:25
Originally posted by HolyMoly

Originally posted by Andrea Cortese

Hi there. That Kevin Ayers discussion made me willing to go further in my discography, crossing the Sweet Deceiver border. I bought Yes We Have no Maņanas... So Get Your Maņanas Today (1976).



Not bad... not bad at all!
I have that one on LP but have never given it a real good listen.  I'll have to pull it out again.


This is the closer, titled "Blue" (great guitar by a certain Ollie Halsall):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwcdjbtyWYM

Another one I like is "Love's Gonna Turn You Round":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXMUg-ikzA0


RIP Kevin, what a wonderful voice. It's not possible not to love your music!


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Originally posted by Aussie-Byrd-Brother

I've got a record fair this Sunday, I'm going to keep a particular lookout for some Kevin Ayers LP/CD's and give them a shot, I'm very curious! Thanks for all the suggestions, guys


The remasters are very well done, with tons of bonus material. Let us know.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote hellogoodbye Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 17 2013 at 15:38
Kevin Ayers : Irreversible Neural Damage. A song for Syd Barrett.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Andrea Cortese Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 17 2013 at 15:50
Yeah, that number is weirdWacko

But what I like more is the dandy side of him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rft0zCbZPS8


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Post Options Post Options   Quote hellogoodbye Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 17 2013 at 16:10
Love it too. Heart
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 18 2013 at 00:36
Joy Of A Toy is my Kevin Ayers moment.  The next 2 albums are quite special too, after those few, the albums are a bit of a 'mixed bag', although nothing hideous really, just Kevin being Kevin I suppose. Oh, Dr Dreams was fairly interesting as well.  I only kept those first 3 LP's of his though.
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