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2015 1 Jun

In the Land of Grey and Pink

von: Jan Reetze Filed under: Blog | TB | 13 Comments



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  1. Micha:

    Can‘ t see and read this without thinking of the „Golf Girl“!

  2. Michael Engelbrecht:

    But it’s sundown in Pittsburgh, no evening moments in Canterbury?

  3. Michael Engelbrecht:

    For the younger ones a bit of wikipedia:

    According to AllMusic reviewer Dave Thompson, the album is „one of the most beloved, and eccentric prog albums of them all“ and „probably Caravan’s finest hour“.[11] He also said that „Nine Feet Underground“ was „the most for the dynamic chemistry that blended the band together“[18] and that „Golf Girl“ „emerges as the kind of song that remains stuck in your head for days after you hear it, no matter how many more records you play immediately after“.

    Progressive rock author Stephen Lambe has said that „Nine Feet Underground“ is „not just the archetypal Caravan piece but a symbol of a whole movement.“[19] Marco Rossi, writing in Record Collector said „Canterbury Scene initiates are strongly advised to start here.“

    In the Q and Mojo Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album came No. 19 in its list of „40 Cosmic Rock Albums“.[21] Mojo also said In the Land of Grey and Pink was „the quintessential Canterbury album“.[6]

  4. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Caravan just delivered two prog rock albums of timeless quality showing that the most complicated breaks and syncopations could be delivered with elegance and nonchalance. Wonderful tunes and textures never overpowered by a hyperdose of „wrong complexity“…

  5. Michael Engelbrecht:

    Steven Wilson remixed the album and added a fantastic 5:1 version that really adds to the magic instead of playing with studio trickery.

  6. Uwe Meilchen:

    I own the 4 CD boxed set „The World Is Yours – The Anthology 1968-1976“ by CARAVAN and listen to These CDs on a regular basis ,-D

  7. Micha:

    Time well spent:) but i only love this one and the one before with an even longer title!

  8. Uwe Meilchen:

    The Album „before“ is titled „If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You“…, but as for this 4 CD Set:

    The tracks on CD 1 are: 1.1 Place Of My Own
    1.2 Magic Man 1.3 Love Song With Flute
    1.4 Grandma’s Lawn 1.5 Cecil Rons
    1.6 Where But For Caravan Would I?
    1.7 A Day In The Life Of Maurice Haylett
    1.8 If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You 1.9 Clipping The Eighth („Hello Hello“ Demo) And I Wish I Were Stoned / Don’t Worry
    1.11 Asforteri 1.12 Can’t Be Long Now – Francoise – For Richard – Warlock
    1.13 With An Ear To The Ground You Can Make It – Martini – Only Cox – Reprise 9:54

    And CD2 starts with „Golf Girl“…, but it’s CD 1 I listen to most of the time…

  9. Martina Weber:

    Danke, Michael, dass es hier inzwischen eine Jugendabteilung mit Tipps für die Nesthäkchen gibt. Wer immer das hier auch ist.

  10. Uwe Meilchen:

    Es gibt immer Hinweise hier im Blog zu Buechern, Filmen, Lebenseindruecken und auch Musik, die man noch nicht kennt – einer der Gruende warum ich diesen Blog und die sachdienlichen Hinweise der Mitschreibenden hier sehr mag.

    Wenn ich ueberlege wieviel Anregungen ich hier schon gefunden habe, so muss ich sagen dass ich manchmal (wenn ich einen sachdienlichen Hinweis finde) mich gerne selbst in der Rolle des Nesthaekchen wiederfinde.

    Und wenn ich selbst einen Hinweis gebe der Resonanz findet, weisse ich gerne darauf hin. Bin ich dann einer of the elders oder Gandalf, im Besitz des Wissens ?

    There’s no hidden insult in „for the younger Readers“, believe me :)

  11. Michael Engelbrecht:

    This is not about youth, it’s all about connection. It started with Karl Hyde writing about the colours of a sunset including pink. Henning followed with a photo with clouds coloured in pink. Jan posted another pink-coloured cloud formation hinting to the land of grey and pink, a fantastic album by Caravan. Some days earlier, Jan and I talked about some of our prog-rock relations. This all set my memories, and those of Uwe, in motion, it’s a perpetuum mobile. Connections. Forever young. Always old. No generation thing running. Or, well, wrapped in s song, „Days“ from The Kinks (Ray Davies) says it all. And far better. And deeper.

  12. Michael Engelbrecht:

    P.S. It’s like this photo. You can call it kitschy (easy with pink anyway), but then, with a slight twist, it’s not kitschy at all.

  13. Martina Weber:

    P.S. I like it, too. I´m thinking of posting another one, which this one reminds me. To continue the idea of connections.

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