Following the demise of the Wilde Flowers, a group where almost all of the big figures of the Canterbury Scene played in (Robert Wyatt and Hugh Hopper from Soft Machine and Kevin Ayers know best for his Solo work, who was also on Soft Machine in the beginning, all played there) the group split into two, one began Soft Machine, the other formed Caravan. For some time they played as the Resident Act in the famous Middle Earth club and it wasn't long before they got a contract with the American Label Verve Records, the first British Band to be signed by them, and they were the ones to release their Debut, even though shortly after, they dropped all their Rock acts and dedicated themselves to Jazz. As many other Bands, they did not have any equipment and had to borrow some to Record their Debut, during a Tour with Soft Machine. Caravan's career was pretty much consistent, each one of them getting excellent reviews, even with the constant Personnel changes that went on. The reviews did not match the sales, who were very poor, they only had 2 Albums chart in the UK and 1 in the US.
Best Tracks - "Place Of My Own", "Policeman", "Love Song With Flute", "Cecil Rons", "Grandma's Lawn" and "Where But For Caravan Would I?". It took me awhile to get into the Album, for some reason it felt easier to start enjoying Soft Machine that it was to listen to Caravan, which from what i read is quite weird as fans of Psychedelia find it quite easy to get into. Caravan is a great Debut, and as described by Allmusic, it is a very mature Album, as if the Band already had years of practice, which they didn't.
- Pye Hastings – Guitar, Vocals, Bass.
- Dave Sinclair – Organ, Piano.
- Richard Sinclair – Bass, Vocals, Guitar.
- Richard Coughlan – Drums.
- Jimmy Hastings - Flute.
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