Oct 27, 2009

CARAVAN - IN THE LAND OF GREY & PINK (DERAM 1971) Jap mastering cardboard sleeve + 5 bonus




In the Land of Grey and Pink is considered by many to be a pinnacle release from Caravan. The album contains an undeniable and decidedly European sense of humor and charm. In addition, this would mark the end of the band's premiere lineup. Co-founder David Sinclair would leave Caravan to form Matching Mole with Soft Machine drummer and vocalist Robert Wyatt in August of 1971. As a group effort, In the Land of Grey and Pink displays all the ethereal brilliance Caravan created on their previous pair of 12" outings. Their blending of jazz and folk instrumentation and improvisational styles hints at Traffic and Family, as displayed on "Winter Wine," as well as the organ and sax driven instrumental introduction to "Nine Feet Underground." These contrast the decidedly aggressive sounds concurrent with albums from King Crimson or Soft Machine. In fact, beginning with the album's title, there seems to be pastoral qualities and motifs throughout. Another reason enthusiasts rank this album among their favorites is the group dynamic which has rarely sounded more singular or cohesive. David Sinclair's lyrics are of particular note, especially the middle-earth imagery used on "Winter Wine" or the enduring whimsy of "Golf Girl." The remastered version of this album includes previously unissued demos/alternate versions of both tracks under the titles: "It's Likely to Have a Name Next Week" and "Group Girl," respectively. The remastered disc also includes "I Don't Know Its Name (Alias the Word)" and "Aristocracy," two pieces that were completed, but shelved in deference to the time limitations imposed during the days of wine and vinyl. The latter composition would be reworked and released on Caravan's next album, Waterloo Lily...
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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

this is a great album, thanxalot! incidentally, i'm STILL GRATEFUL you posted the mike bloomfield in flac, i'm always giving you some nice thoughts whenever i play it. best wishes, ubique

Mario said...

Thankx a lot.

gregory said...

Excellent music. One of the top Canterbury Scene albums along with "If I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do It All Over You". I didn't compare it with my original, as regard as the sound quality, but my first impressions are very positive.

Αρχηγέ, θα επιθυμούσα να άκουγα σε cardboard sleeve, εάν διαθέτεις τα "Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Stephen Stills - Super Session" και "Electric Flag - A Long Time Comin" για τα bonus tracks και για τον ήχο τους.

Ειρήνη & Αγάπη

Anonymous said...

The link of Al Kooper is dead.Can you repost this? Thanks...
kate

The Bomber said...

Uhhh carefull with the rare adverts...always bothering...
Agg...
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Great album, a masterpiece!

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Georgie Hirezola said...

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Elliot Knapp said...

Definitely one of the best Canterbury albums--it's nice to have one sometimes that's not too weird. Just wrote about it too on my music blog. Have a good one!