- Golf Girl
- Winter Wine
- Love to Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)
- In the Land of Grey and Pink
- Nine Feet Undergroud: Nigel Blows a Tune/Love's a Friend/Make It 76/Dan
- I Don't Know Its Name (Alias the Word)
- It's Likely to Have a Name Next Week/Winter Wine
- Group Girl
- Dissassociation/100% Proof
In the Land of Grey and Pink is considered by many to be a pinnacle release from Caravan. The album contains an undeniable and decidedly European sense of humor and charm. In addition, this would mark the end of the band's premiere lineup. Co-founder David Sinclair would leave Caravan to form Matching Mole with Soft Machine drummer and vocalist Robert Wyatt in August of 1971. As a group effort, In the Land of Grey and Pink displays all the ethereal brilliance Caravan created on their previous pair of 12" outings. Their blending of jazz and folk instrumentation and improvisational styles hints at Traffic and Family, as displayed on "Winter Wine," as well as the organ and sax driven instrumental introduction to "Nine Feet Underground." These contrast the decidedly aggressive sounds concurrent with albums from King Crimson or Soft Machine. In fact, beginning with the album's title, there seems to be pastoral qualities and motifs throughout. Another reason enthusiasts rank this album among their favorites is the group dynamic which has rarely sounded more singular or cohesive. David Sinclair's lyrics are of particular note, especially the middle-earth imagery used on "Winter Wine" or the enduring whimsy of "Golf Girl." The remastered version of this album includes previously unissued demos/alternate versions of both tracks under the titles: "It's Likely to Have a Name Next Week" and "Group Girl," respectively. The remastered disc also includes "I Don't Know Its Name (Alias the Word)" and "Aristocracy," two pieces that were completed, but shelved in deference to the time limitations imposed during the days of wine and vinyl. The latter composition would be reworked and released on Caravan's next album, Waterloo Lily. The 12-page liner notes booklet includes expanded graphics, memorabilia, and an essay penned specifically for the reissue.
Performance CreditsCaravan Primary Artist
Richard Coughlan Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Dave Grinsted Wind,Bells,Overdubs
David Grinsted Percussion,Wind,Bells
Jimmy Hastings Flute,Piccolo,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Wind,Group Member
Pye Hastings Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Dave Sinclair Organ,Piano,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Mellotron,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Richard Sinclair Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Technical CreditsCaravan Producer
Dave Grinsted Engineer,Remixing,overdub engineer
David Grinsted Engineer
David Hitchcock Producer
John Punter Engineer,Rhythm Engineer
Derek Varnals Engineer,overdub engineer
Peter Rynston Engineer,Remixing
John Tracy Liner Notes,Co-Coordinator
Phil Smee CD Package Design,Packaging
Richard Bennett Zeff Cover Photo
Mark Powell Liner Notes,Tape Research
Terry King Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow! I'm really blown away by this. Intelligent songwriting combines with dense, dreamlike lyrics to yield this criminally underrepresented masterpiece. The tone of the guitars and organ are fantastic. Winter Wine rules. I'm glad I stumbled onto Caravan. May their work stay in print forever.
I concur with the others. One of my favourites. Excellent melodies, quirky lyrics full of English humour. Buy and enjoy.
Alex from the Netherlands has written a wonderful review of this album, as well as crisp notes on the band that should entice you to experience Caravan's music - if you're not yet familiar with it. I now live in the U.S., and Caravan is nothing here. But thankfully, they were big enough in Hong Kong and Canada, to the point that I have most of their important albums. Land of Grey and Pink is indeed a fine album, and Alex rightly highlights the wondrous "Winter Wine", which features then-bassist Richard Sinclair as both the writer and (I believe) singer of this song. Caravan is quintessential and unadulterated British rock, stunning in its originality. They are also very fortunate to always have virtuoso Jimmy Hastings (brother of Pye), who adds that extra dimension on saxes, flute, and piccolo in the way that Jerry Douglas does with his dobro. By the way Alex, those great bands of Focus and Ekseption sure bring back fond memories.
Idiosyncrasy. Remember that? The raw virtuosity of King Crimson, the literacy of early Genesis, the sheer emotional intensity of Van der Graaf Generator? Well, there were other bands as well. Equally unique, but somehow never as successful or enduring. Caravan's one of those bands. Their music is difficult to describe to the newcomer. Terms like whimsical, magical and quintessentially British come to mind, but that's not enough. What else, then? Well, Alice in Wonderland. And that curiously heroic Hobbit, Bilbo. And melancholy, longing and mild self-deprecation. And a lot of silliness which might very well have a serious undertone. Okay, but what do they sound like? Well, their's is a beautiful music, sculptured mainly by organ solo's, accompanied by synchronous guitar and interspersed with flute and saxophone. Through all of this, there are those curious and quirky lyrics. And of course you should take into consideration that this is early 70's music; it's from a different, and very much more relaxed, era. So that's Caravan, at least on In the Land Of Grey And Pink. An excellent collection of eccentric pop songs (Golf Girl, Love to Love You, the title track), set off by the moody and wistfull track Winter Wine and brought to greatness by Nine Feet Underground, which in the original vinyl release took up all of side two. This is far and away the best Caravan ever produced. It might cost you a small fortune to get it, but it's worth it.