Caravan - For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night (expanded / remastered)

SKU 28-POLK882980.2
Fantastic remaster with bonus tracks. This boasts improved sound, excellent liner notes, rare photos and tons of rare bonus tracks that have never before been heard! You just can't do better than these! If you don't know Caravan, this is a fine place to start.


* Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss (US Mix) (9:18)
The US single of the duo of songs that still opens Caravan's shows to this day, has a significantly different mix to the original. No alternate solos or vocal takes, but a different focus on the wealth of instrumental layers committed to tape - especially on Memory Lain, Hugh, in which Jimmy Hastings floating flute solo is heard better than ever before.

* No! / Waffle (aka Be Alright / Chance Of A Lifetime) (5:10) * He Who Smelt It Dealt It (aka Memory Lain, Hugh) (4:43) * Surprise, Surprise (3:15) * Derek's Long Thing (11:00)
Possibly the most exciting stuff to appear on this series! !These four tracks amount to about 25 minutes of material recorded by the previously unheard line-up of Pye Hastings, Richard Coughlan, Geoff Richardson, Derek Austin and Stuart Evans, which existed between August 1972 and February 1973. These tapes were the original sessions for what was to eventually become the ''For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night'' album, andwere recorded at Chipping Norton Studios between December 1972 and January 1973. That line-up disintegrated following a tour of Australia and New Zealand, and the album was started again with John G. Perry and David Sinclair. Apart from the one totally unreleased piece, these early versions are sometimes significantly different (Memory Lain... is noticeably slower than the known version), especially so since these recordings are instrumental - with the exception of a wordless vocal by Pye Hastings, singing the melody line on ''Surprise, Surprise''. Overall, I'd say these recordings are a welcome rehabilitation of a line-up that, in this writer's eyes, had everyright to call itself Caravan. In the liner notes, Pye Hastings is quoted as saying that he didn't think Derek Austin's compositions, of which Derek's Long Thing is a prime example, was Caravan music, nor was his organ playing. This is probably true to the extent that Caravan can't really be Caravan without Dave Sinclair, but other than that, this long instrumental epic is Caravan at the peak of its prowess - Richardson and Austin's solos are excellent, and the general atmosphere of quiet, elegant jamming is aclassic example of the band at its prime. Let's note that, while this is the same piece, this is not the same recording as Austin Cambridge on the Canterburied Sounds series, which was probably a (good) rehearsal tape. This version is slightly shorter, sometimes different, and has top-notch sound quality.
  • LabelUniversal
  • UPC042288298021
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