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Caravan (LP)

Label: Tapestry Records

Format: LP

Genre: Psych

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Caravan's groundbreaking debut album from 1968 captures the freakish and exploratory moods of the times

180 gram reissue, limited edition of 1000 copies.For their first album, Caravan was surprisingly strong. While steeped in the same British psychedelia that informed bands such as Love Children, Pink Floyd, and Tomorrow, Caravan relates a freedom of spirit and mischief along the lines of Giles, Giles & Fripp or Gong. The band's roots can be traced to a British blue-eyed soul combo called the Wilde Flowers. Among the luminaries to have passed through this Caravan precursor were Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers, and Hugh Hopper and Brian Hopper (pre-Soft Machine, naturally). 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. 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, In the Land of Grey and Pink, 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.

Cat. number: TPT 213
Year: 2019
Thick sleeve with white polylined inner sleeve, hype sticker on shrink wrap. 180 gram reissue, limited edition of 1000 copies. Barcode on sticker on sleeve back. Recorded at Advision Studios, London, October 1968. Made under exclusive license to Tapestry Records. Manufactured in EEC. ℗ 1968 Copyright Control Manufactured in EEC

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