Cunning Stunts [Bonus Tracks] [Japan]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Contrasting the clever spoonerism from which Cunning Stunts derives its name, Caravan are heard on what is arguably their most uninspired material to date. The effort is certainly far from a total loss, but nowhere nearly as creative as their former studio effort For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night 1973 -- the likes of which sadly would not be equalled. Instead of commencing the affair with the aggression and spirit that informed previous LPs -- such as "Memory Lain, Hugh" or "Waterloo Lilly" -- which had christened their earlier albums, "The Show of Our Lives" comes off comparatively heavy and practically dirge-like. Caravan's trademark instrumental agility while ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Contrasting the clever spoonerism from which Cunning Stunts derives its name, Caravan are heard on what is arguably their most uninspired material to date. The effort is certainly far from a total loss, but nowhere nearly as creative as their former studio effort For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night 1973 -- the likes of which sadly would not be equalled. Instead of commencing the affair with the aggression and spirit that informed previous LPs -- such as "Memory Lain, Hugh" or "Waterloo Lilly" -- which had christened their earlier albums, "The Show of Our Lives" comes off comparatively heavy and practically dirge-like. Caravan's trademark instrumental agility while perhaps temporarily mired, is not lost on Pye Hastings' uptempo rocker "Stuck in a Hole." Heavy-handed, superfluous orchestration -- possibly a residual effect of their New Symphonia project from late 1973 -- mars "No Backstage Pass" and the 18-minute "Dabsong Conshirtoe." There are a few trademark and at times edgier passages, especially during the "Ben Karratt Rides Again" movement of the epic "Conshirtoe." Still, the orchestration is too slick sounding, as if it were teetering on the aural wallpaper that is gasp! Muzak. Caravan enthusiasts intent on including Cunning Stunts in their collections should be aware that the 2001 CD reissue contains a few choice supplementary selections. Chief among these is an unissued take of "Keeping Back My Love" -- which would ultimately be reworked three years later on Better by Far 1977. Here the band definitely display signs and sounds of the Caravan of old. For that cut alone, the renovated offering can be sufficiently recommended. The other significant bonus track is a live "For Richard" recorded at Fairfield Hall in Croydon, England. Originally, it was included on the 1976 Canterbury Tales best-of, but makes its digital debut here. [A Japanese version added bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2001
  • Label: Polygram Uk
  • UPC: 042288298120
  • Catalog Number: 882981
  • Sales rank: 58,878

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Caravan Primary Artist
Richard Coughlan Percussion, Drums, Timpani, Group Member
Jimmy Hastings Conductor
Pye Hastings Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Geoff Richardson Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Viola, Group Member
Dave Sinclair Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Strings, fender rhodes, Mini Moog, Group Member
Tommy Whittle Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Mike Wedgwood Bass, Conga, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, Fretless Bass Guitar, Brass Synth, Group Member
Carol Ann Strings
Nick Blackburn Strings
Miles Copeland Strings
Len-Me-the-Money Strings
Technical Credits
Joe Newman Contributor
Caravan Producer
John Burns Engineer
Tom Butler Contributor
Kevin Fuller Engineer
Jimmy Hastings Arranger, Brass Arrangment
David Hitchcock Producer
Bill Price Engineer
John Punter Engineer
Geoff Richardson Composer
Dave Sinclair Arranger, String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Derek Varnals Engineer
Hugh Jampton Contributor
Nick Jones Contributor
Malcolm Ross Contributor
Mike Wedgwood Arranger, String Arrangements
Phil Smee CD Package Design
Pete Swettenham Engineer
Mark Powell Liner Notes, Tape Research
Jeremy Thomas Contributor
Richard Evans Original Graphics
Paschal Byrne Remastering
Miles Copeland Contributor
r. sinclair Composer
Mark Powell Liner Notes, Tape Research
Phil Snee CD Package Design
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