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Encyclopedia > Caravan (band)
Caravan
Background information
Origin Canterbury, England
Genre(s) Progressive rock
Psychedelic rock
Years active 1968 - present (part time)
Website [1]
Members
unknown
Former members
David Sinclair
Richard Sinclair

Caravan are an English rock/jazz band from the Canterbury area, founded by former Wilde Flowers members David Sinclair, Richard Sinclair, Pye Hastings and Richard Coughlan. Caravan rose to success over a period of several years from 1968 onwards into the 1970s as part of the Canterbury scene which also included Soft Machine. They still continue a part-time gigging existence into the 21st century. A feature of the Canterbury sound is the blending of psychedelia and jazz. Canterbury is a cathedral city in east Kent in South East England and is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primate of All England, head of the Church of England and of the worldwide Anglican Communion. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... For the unrelated Swedish music movement, see progg. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... See also: 1967 in music, other events of 1968, 1969 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // January 4 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police, after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with bassist Noel Redding. ... David Sinclair, better known as Dave Sinclair (born November 24, 1947 in Herne Bay, Kent, England), is a keyboardist (organ, pianos, synthesizer) who has been part of the progressive rock Canterbury Scene. ... Richard Sinclair (June 6, 1948) is a founding member of the progressive rock band Caravan and was also a member of the mecurial Cantebury band Wilde Flowers for which he was the guitarist. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... Rock is a form of popular music with a prominent vocal melody accompanied by guitar and drums. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans at around the start of the 20th century. ... Canterbury is a cathedral city in east Kent in South East England and is the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Primate of All England, head of the Church of England and of the worldwide Anglican Communion. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... David Sinclair, better known as Dave Sinclair (born November 24, 1947 in Herne Bay, Kent, England), is a keyboardist (organ, pianos, synthesizer) who has been part of the progressive rock Canterbury Scene. ... Richard Sinclair (June 6, 1948) is a founding member of the progressive rock band Caravan and was also a member of the mecurial Cantebury band Wilde Flowers for which he was the guitarist. ... Pye Hastings (b. ... Richard Coughlan (b. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The Canterbury Scene (or Canterbury Sound) is a term used to loosely describe the group of progressive rock musicians that were based around the city of Canterbury, Kent, England during the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... The Soft Machine were a pioneering British psychedelic, progressive rock and jazz band from Canterbury, Kent, England, named after the book The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs. ... The 21st century is the present century of the Anno Domini (common) era, in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... The Canterbury Scene (or Canterbury Sound) is a term used to loosely describe the group of progressive rock musicians that were based around the town of Canterbury, Kent, England during the late 1960s and early 1970s. ... Psychedelia is a term describing a category of music, visual art, fashion, and culture that is associated originally with the high 1960s, hippies, and the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, California. ...

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Biography

A regular cult favourite, the band's chart performance in the UK and US was minimal, charting one album, "Cunning Stunts" at US#124. In the UK "Cunning Stunts" (#50) and "Blind Dog at St. Dunstans (#53) were their only hits. A loyal following has ensured steady back catalogue sales and a lengthy live career for the band, who continue to this day featuring founder members Pye Hastings (guitar, vocals, songwriting) and Richard Coughlan (drums). Caravan's best known recording is the 1971 set "In The Land of Grey and Pink", their second album for Decca.


The All Music Guide states that it '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.'[2]A fair summary of Caravan's late sixties to late seventies work. Prolific and inventive, the band appeared to have too many ideas to produce direct, radio-friendly singles. 21st century reissues of their albums featured lengthy tracks, previously unissued, demonstrating the huge amount of releasable material that had failed to make their 1970s albums.


The band were largely dormant in the eighties until a 1990 reunion, planned as a one-off for television, restarted their career. Latterly they have also achieved steady sales and a fan following with the support of the more eclectic corners of radio, like BBC Six Music's "Freak Zone" and the growing re-emergence of progressive rock. For the unrelated Swedish music movement, see progg. ...


Timeline

Caravan Line-Ups

Image File history File links 350px-CaravanTimeline. ... Image File history File links 350px-CaravanTimeline. ...

Discography

  • Caravan (1968)
  • If I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do It All Over You (1970)
  • In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971)
  • Waterloo Lily (1972)
  • For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night (1973)
  • Caravan and the New Symphonia (1974)
  • Cunning Stunts (1975)
  • Blind Dog at St. Dunstans (1976)
  • Better by Far (1977)
  • The Album (1980)
  • Back to Front (1982)
  • Live 1990 (1992)
  • Radio One Live in Concert BBC 1975 (1991)
  • Cool Water (1994)
  • Battle of Hastings (1995)
  • All Over You (1996)
  • Live: Canterbury Comes to London (1997)
  • Live in Holland: Back on the Tracks (1998)
  • Songs for Oblivion Fishermen (1998)
  • Ether Way (1998)
  • Show of Our Lives (1998)
  • Surprise Supplies (1999)
  • All Over You Too (1999)
  • Headloss (1999)
  • The HTD Years (2000)
  • Where But For Caravan Would I? (2000)
  • Green Bottles For Marjorie (2002)
  • Live at Fairfield Halls, 1974 (2002)
  • The Unauthorised Breakfast Item (2003)

If I Could Do It All Over Again, Id Do It All Over You is a 1970 release by Canterbury Scene rock band Caravan. ... In the Land of Grey and Pink is a 1971 release by canterbury rock band Caravan. ... Waterloo Lily is a 1972 released album by Caravan on the Deram label. ... For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night is the 1973 album released by Caravan. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Caravan - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (339 words)
Caravan (band), a British rock/jazz band of the Canterbury scene
The word caravan has a Kurdish root and in ancient times it was used for a group of people who were traveling by camel or horse on the silk road.
A caravansara was a roadside inn where caravans could rest and recover from the day's journey.
Caravan [www.progweed.net] (2121 words)
Caravan was formed in Canterbury, England in 1968 by Pye Hastings (guitar/ vocals), Dave Sinclair (keyboards), Richard Sinclair (bass/ vocals) and Richard Coughlan (drums).
The title track shows the band at their whimsical best, with a light jazzy touch and a pop feeling, showing why the band was just as comfortable on "Top of the Pops" as they were cranking out ten minute epics.
The band is at their best when melding both the pop and instrumental aspects together, and the two extended songs on the album are the highlights.
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