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Progressive Rock Mainstays Caravan Celebrated With 9-CD Box Set

The set features expanded editions of all of the albums that Caravan recorded for Decca’s Deram label in the first half of the 1970s.

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Caravan, the progressive rock pacesetters who are recognised among the key innovators of what became known as the Canterbury Sound, will have a nine-CD box set released by UMC on 6 September. The collection is titled An Anthology (The Decca/Deram Years 1970-75).

Issued as part of Decca Records’ ongoing 90th anniversary celebrations, the set features expanded editions of all of the albums that Caravan recorded for Decca’s Deram label between 1970 and 1975. These comprise five studio sets and two live albums, and the collection also includes the 2-CD The Show Of Our Lives: Live At The BBC 1970-75.

The studio albums featured in An Anthology are If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You, the 1970 album that marked Caravan’s arrival on Deram after their eponymous debut on Verve in 1968; In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971), Waterloo Lily (1972), For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night (1973) and Cunning Stunts (1975). Also included is Caravan and the New Symphonia, the 1974 live LP recorded the year before at London’s Theatre Royal, and Live At The Fairfield Halls, 1974, which remained unreleased until 2002.

The box set has 8x gatefold digipacks which include original album art, enclosed in a rigid slipcase. An accompanying 44-page sleeve note documents the history of Caravan, who were formed in Canterbury in 1968 by guitarist/vocalist Pye Hastings, Dave Sinclair (keyboards), Richard Sinclair (bass/vocals) and Richard Coughlan (drums).

Caravan continue as a huge live attraction, still led by Hastings in the contemporary line-up featuring Geoffrey Richardson on viola, guitar, flute and vocals), Jan Schelhaas (keyboards), Jim Leverton (bass, vocals) and Mark Walker (drums, percussion). Their 2019 live schedule includes prestigious appearances at both the Cambridge Folk Festival on 27 July and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention on 9 August.

An Anthology (The Decca/Deram Years 1970-75) is released on 6 September. Scroll down for the full tracklisting, and pre-order it here.

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Caravan -The Decca/Deram Years (An Anthology) 1970-1975 9CD Deluxe Box Set

CD1: If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You
1.If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You
2.And I Wish I Were Stoned / Don’t Worry
3.As I Feel I Die
4.With an Ear to the Ground / You Can Make It / Martinian / Only Cox / Reprise
5.Hello Hello
6.Asforteri
7.Can’t Be Long Now / Françoise / For Richard / Warlock
8.Limits
9.A Day in the Life of Maurice Haylett
10.Why? (And I wish I were Stoned)
11.Clipping the 8t (hello hello)
12.As I Feel I Die

CD2: In The Land Of Grey And Pink
1.Golf Girl
2.Winter Wine
3.Love to Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)
4.In the Land of Grey and Pink
5.Nine Feet Underground
6.I don’t know it’s name (Alias The Word)
7.Aristocracy
8.It’s likely to have a name next week
9.Group Girl
10.Disassociation/100% Proof

CD3: Waterloo Lily
1.Waterloo Lily
2.Nothing at All / It’s Coming Soon / Nothing at All (Reprise)
3.Songs and Signs
4.Aristocracy
5.The Love in Your Eye / To Catch Me a Brother / Subsultus / Debouchement / Tilbury Kecks
6.The World is Yours
7.Pye’s June thing
8.Ferdinand
9.Looking left, looking right / Pye’s Loop

CD4: For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night
1.Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss
2.Hoedown
3.Surprise, Surprise
4.C’thlu Thlu
5.The Dog, The Dog, He’s at It Again
6.Be All Right / Chance of a Lifetime
7.L’Auberge du Sanglier / A Hunting We Shall Go / Pengola / Backwards / A Hunting We Shall Go (reprise
8.Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss
9.No! (Be Alright ) / Waffle (Chance of a lifetime)
10.He Who Smelt it Dealt it (Memory Lain, Hugh)
11.Surprise, surprise
12.Derek’s Long Thing

CD5: Caravan & The New Symphonia
1.Introduction by Alan Black / Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss
2.The Dog, The Dog, He’s at it again
3.Hoedown
4.Introduction / Virgin On The Ridiculous
5.The Love in Your Eye
6.Mirror for the Day
7.Virgin on the Ridiculous
8.For Richard
9.A Hunting We Shall Go

CD6: Cunning Stunts
1.The Show of Our Lives
2.Stuck in a Hole
3.Lover
4.No Backstage Pass
5.Welcome the Day
6.The Dabsong Conshirtoe
7.Fear and Loathing in Tollington Park Rag
8.Stuck in a Hole
9.Keeping back my love

CD7: Live AtThe Fairfield Halls, 1974
1.Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss
2.Virgin On The Ridiculous
3.Be Alright / Chance Of A Lifetime
4.The Love In Your Eye
5.L’Auberge Du Sanglier / A Hunting We Shall Go / Pengola / Backwards / A Hunting We Shall Go (Reprise)
6.The Dog, The Dog, He’s At It Again
7.For Richard
8.Hoedown

CD 8: The Show Of Our Lives: Live At The BBC 1970-1975 Pt.1
1.If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You
2.Hello, Hello
3.As I Feel I Die
4.Love to Love You
5.Love Song Without Flute
6.In The Land of Grey and Pink
7.Nine Feet Underground
8.Feelin’ Reelin’ Squealin
9.A Huntin’ We Shall Go
10.Waffle Part One: Be Alright / Chance of a Lifetime

CD 9: The Show Of Our Lives: Live At The BBC 1970-1975 Pt.2
1.Memory Lain Hugh
2.Headloss
3.The Love in Your Eye
4.Mirror for the Day
5.Virgin on the Ridiculous
6.For Richard
7.The Dabsong Conshirto
8.Stuck in a Hole
9.The Show of our Lives

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