martes, 23 de junio de 2015

Caravan: Nine Feet Underground - Rock progre del bueno

Caravan are an English band from the Canterbury area, founded by former Wilde Flowers members David SinclairRichard SinclairPye Hastings and Richard Coughlan in 1968.[1] The band have not achieved much commercial success, but are considered a key part of the Canterbury scene, blending psychedelic rockjazz and classical influences to create a distinctive sound.
The band were originally based in WhitstableKent, near Canterbury, but moved to London when briefly signed to Verve Records. After being dropped by Verve, the band signed to Decca Records, where they released their most critically acclaimed album, In the Land of Grey and Pink in 1971. David Sinclair left after the album's release and the band disintegrated the following year. Hastings and Coughlan added new members, notably viola player Geoffrey Richardson and continued as Caravan before splitting in 1978.

Esto es lo que dice Rolling Stone:

Among the many memorable bands to emerge from Canterbury, England — including the Soft Machine, Gong and Camel — none conveyed the southeastern cathedral town's pastoral qualities better than Caravan. The title and cover art of the quartet's third album evoked a Middle Earth sunset, with the music wavering between medieval folk melodies and jazz-savvy musos rocking out over what bassist Richard Sinclair called "a load of words that half mean something." Side one consisted of short, charming songs like "Golf Girl," the Tolkien-y "Winter Wine" and the surreal Boy Scout ramble of the title track; but side two was solely devoted to "Nine Feet Underground," a 22-minute, eight-part suite with Zappa-esque subtitles — e.g., "Dance of the Seven Paper Hankies" — that unfurled a breezily grooving descent into hell and back dominated by extended fuzz-organ solos. R.G.

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