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CARAVAN



CARAVAN

Postby Coffee_&_Cigarettes » Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:14 am

I noticed there wasn´t any threads on this fantastic band so here´s my small contribution to the Canterbury Rockers:


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[LEFT]"aravan was one of the more formidable progressive rock acts to come out of England in the 1960s, though they were never much more than a very successful cult band at home, and, apart from a brief moment in 1975, barely a cult band anywhere else in the world. They only ever charted one album in their first six years of activity, but they made a lot of noise in the English rock press, and their following has been sufficiently loyal and wide to keep their work in print for extended periods during the 1970s, the 1990s, and in the new century.

Caravan grew out of the breakup of
, a Canterbury-based group formed in 1964 as an R&B-based outfit with a jazzy-edge. had a lineup of on guitar and saxophone, on rhythm guitar, playing bass, and on the drums. passed through the lineup as a singer, and was succeeded on rhythm guitar by in 1965. subsequently became the lead singer, succeeded by on drums. left and was replaced by then , and , 's cousin, came in on keyboards. Finally, in 1966, and formed and dissolved. In the wake of the earlier group's dissolution, , , , and formed Caravan in January of 1968.

The group stood at first somewhat in the shadow of
, which became an immediate favorite on the London club scene and in the press. This worked in Caravan's favor, however, as the press and club owners began taking a long look at them because of the members' previous connections. A gig at the Middle Earth Club in London led to their being spotted by a music publishing executive named , which resulted in a publishing deal with Robbins Music and then, by extension, a recording contract with MGM Records on their Verve Records imprint, which the American label was trying to establish in England. Their self-titled debut album was a hybrid of jazz and psychedelia, but also enough of a virtuoso effort to rate as a serious progressive rock album at a time when that genre wasn't yet fully established; along with the albums on Immediate and , it planted the roots of progressive rock.

The Caravan album never sold in serious numbers, and for much of 1968 and early 1969, the members were barely able to survive — at one point they were literally living in tents. And then, to add insult to injury, the record disappeared as MGM's British operation shut down in late 1968. Out of that chaos, however, the group got a new manager in
and, with the help of a fledgling producer named (who'd seen the band in concert), a contract with England's Decca Records, which was a major label at the time. Their Decca debut album, , released in early 1970, was a major step forward and, indeed, a milestone in their history, establishing the mix of humor and progressive sounds, including classical, jazz, and traditional English influences that would characterize the best of their work over the next six years. Moreover, with Decca's then-formidable distribution behind it, the album got into stores and was heard and even sold well on university campuses.

Suddenly, Caravan was an up-and-coming success on the college concert circuit, even making an appearance on British television's Top of the Pops. With national exposure and a growing audience, the group was at a make-or-break moment in their history. They rose to the occasion with their second Decca LP,
, which showed off a keen melodic sense, a subtly droll wit, and a seductively smooth mix of hard rock, folk, classical, and jazz, intermingled with elements of Tolkien-esque fantasy. The songs ranged from light, easy-to-absorb pieces such as "Golf Girl" to the quietly majestic "Nine Feet Underground," a 23-minute suite that filled the side of an LP. One of the hardest-rocking yet musically daring extended pieces to come out of the early progressive rock era, "Nine Feet Underground" didn't seem half as long as its 23 minutes and it was a dazzling showcase for ' searing lead guitar and 's soaring organ and piano work. Although few observers realized it at the time, the suite's length pointed up a problem that the group faced fairly consistently — in contrast to most progressive rock outfits of the era, Caravan was inventive enough to justify extending even the relatively simple songs in their repertory to running times of six or seven minutes, and they were also extremely prolific. Those two situations meant that they were frequently forced to leave perfectly good songs off their albums and to edit those that they did issue. Most listeners didn't find this out until a wave of Caravan reissues arrived in 2001 with their running times extended 10-25 minutes each by the presence of perfectly good, previously unissued songs and unedited masters of previously released songs.

Keyboard player and singer
left the group's lineup in 1971, joining his ex- bandmate in the latter's new group, , and he was succeeded by of the jazz-based band , who lasted through one album, (1972), moving them in a much more bluesy direction. Friction between the members resulted in 's departure and the exit of , who subsequently put together . When the smoke cleared, Caravan was back as a five-piece which included on the electric viola, which added a new and rich timbre to their overall sound. By the time they cut their next album, , was back on keyboards. The album was a success, as was its follow-up, , a live 1973 performance accompanied by a full orchestra, released the following year.

The group was poised to try for a breakthrough in America and, toward that end, took on
as their manager. They ended up on a 50-date tour of the United States and Canada where the response was positive. They also released a new album, , that became their first chart LP, not only in England but also in America (albeit at number 124) and most of Europe as well. Unfortunately, , for all of its sales success, was an ending rather than a new beginning — the group parted company with Decca Records after its release. They recorded 's for the -owned BTM Records the following year, and for the Arista label the year after that, but by that time, their moment seemed to have passed, and they seemed increasingly out-of-step with the burgeoning punk rock boom. Caravan ceased activity in the early '80s, following the release of and , both recorded for Kingdom Records, owned by their former manager .

Their history seemed to have ended, and then in 1990, the original quartet of
, , , and were reunited for what was supposed to be a one-off concert for a television special. The performance and the sales of an accompanying live album proved so encouraging that Caravan came together once more for a second career. The group has been back together in one lineup or another ever since, (mostly filled out by ex-members of [color=yellowgreen], among other latter-day personnel), with new recordings emerging steadily. Equally important, someone at English Decca (by then part of Polygram, which became part of MCA) took it upon themselves to raid the vaults in 1999-2000 and prepare vastly expanded reissues of the group's entire Verve/Decca catalogs. The result was the availability of more Caravan music and more of their classic '60s and '70s recordings than had been in print at any time in their history." [/color]
BY Bruce Eder(from All Music Guide)[/LEFT]
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Re: CARAVAN

Postby Coffee_&_Cigarettes » Sun Feb 22, 2009 12:17 am

I also found an interview with Richard Sinclair on this website:
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Re: CARAVAN

Postby sound_chaser » Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:44 am

In The Land Of Grey & Pink is a magnificent album: a true classic. I also have If I Could Do It Again, I'd Do It All Over You, which is also brilliant and has their signature song, For Richard. I love the vocals of Richard Sinclair and he's also had a very interesting career away from Caravan. Leading lights of the Canterbury scene, perhaps only eclipsed by Soft Machine. Great Band!
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Re: CARAVAN

Postby the greenman » Sun Feb 22, 2009 6:32 pm

Courtesy of a thread on The Other Place (you know where I mean...) & this possibly sad news was originally from the Caravan-info website:



The prospect of the better getting back together in the near future looks less than likely

I can confirm that Jan Schelhaas has moved to Scotland and now lives outside Perth. While this makes collaboration between Pye and Jan a tantalising prospect, it dampens the possibilities of Caravan regrouping, as the costs of meeting up to rehearse and tour are more or less prohibitive.

Pye also feels that a guitarist would be essential, and finding the right person would take a huge commitment of time and energy. Doug regretfully does not wish to play live (although he and Pye are on good terms, having met in London fairly recently). Added to that is the on going question about Richard's ability to be able to cope with a series of dates.

The best prospect at present therefore is to look forward to releases by individual band members. Jan's very good album is out and Pye is beginning to reflect on who he would like to support him on his solo album, which he is working on. He is keen to involve members of the band.

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Re: CARAVAN

Postby Coffee_&_Cigarettes » Tue Mar 10, 2009 6:01 pm

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How amazing it must have been this festival!
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Re: CARAVAN

Postby thehallway » Sat Mar 21, 2009 10:22 pm

Cunning Stunts.

You wouldn't want to get those words muddled up... :D
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