Cunning Stunts [Bonus Tracks] [Japan]

Cunning Stunts [Bonus Tracks] [Japan]

by Caravan
     
 

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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

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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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2001
Label:
Polygram Uk
UPC:
0042288298120
catalogNumber:
882981
Rank:
36034

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Caravan   Primary Artist
Richard Coughlan   Percussion,Drums,Timpani,Group Member
Jimmy Hastings   Conductor
Pye Hastings   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Geoff Richardson   Acoustic Guitar,Flute,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
Miles Copeland   Contributor
r. sinclair   Composer
Mark Powell   Liner Notes,Tape Research
Phil Snee   CD Package Design

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