Caravan - Cool Water

Year of Release: 1994
Label: HTD
Catalog Number: CD18
Format: CD
Total Time: 52:18:00

As a follow-up to their album Better By Far, Caravan recorded a fistful of songs in 1977. Unfortunately these were never released. However, a while ago Pye Hastings found the much acclaimed masterpiece under inches of dust. Seventeen years after the initial idea, Pye's son Julian remastered the tape to allow us to expand our Caravan collection.

Caravan wouldn't be Caravan if the album didn't fit in with the rest of their material, so expect typical British humor based on even more typical Canterbury-scene music. "Cool Water" sails beautifully on its strong melody, whilst "Just The Way You Are" is rather a fluffy kind of song. "The Crack In The Willow" is the Caravan we all like so much. A nice synth opens a typical English story about ... cricket! Laidback-funk with tongue-in-cheeck humor is at stake in "An-saphone." 100 % Caravan is "Side By Side," a nice singalong with smooth strings.

The final four tracks miss the clear sound of the rest of the album. They were originally recorded with other equipment. People have tried to restore the tapes the best they could but I'm afraid these tracks are just for the diehards.

Cool Water (4:07) / Just The Way You Are (3:43) / Tuesday Is Rock And Roll Nite (4:21) / The Crack Of The Willow (5:35) / Ansaphone (4:59) / Cold Fright (5:21) / Side By Side (4:40) / You Won't Get Me Up In One Of Those (3:54) / To The Land Of My Fathers (4:56) / Poor Molly (5:54) / Send Reinforcements (4:48)

Richard Coughlan -percussion, drums
Pye Hastings - acoustic guitars, electric guitars, vocals
Geoff Richardson 0 guitars, flute, violin, vocals, soloist
Dave Sinclair - organ, piano, keyboards, Mini Moog
Mike Wedgewood - bass

Caravan (1968)
If I Could Do It Again (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)
Live At Fairfields Hall (1974/2002)
Cunning Stunts (1975/2001)
Blind Dog At St Dunstan's (1976)
Better By Far (1977)
The Album (1980)
Show of Our Lives (1981/1998)
Back To Front (1982)
Radio 1 - Live in Concert BBC 1975 (1991)
Live 1990 (1992)
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 Fisherman (1998)
Ether Way (live) (1998)
Surprise Supplies (1999)
All Over You Too (1999)
Headloss (1999)
The HTD Years (2000)
Where But For Caravan Would I? (2000)
Live Tour 1975 (2003) (recorded 12/1975)
The Unauthorised Breakfast Item (2003)
Green Bottles For Marjorie (2004) (recorded 1968-1972)
Here I Am (2006)
Show Of Our Lives: Caravan At The BBC 1968-1975 (2007)
Hunting We Shall Go: Live In 1974 (2009)
The World Is Yours: The Anthology 1968-1976 (2010)
Live At Shepherds Bush Empire (2011)
Recorded Live In Concert At Metropolis Studios, London (CD/DVD) (2012)
Paradise Filter (2013)
The Back Catalogue Songs (2013)

Live At RoSfest (DVD) (2014)

Genre: Canterbury

Origin UK

Added: March 21st 2001
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

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