Caravan – In The Land Of Grey And Pink (1971) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2016]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:26 minutes | Scans included | 1,76 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 921 MB
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”.
01. Golf Girl
02. Winter Wine
03. Love To Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)
04. In The Land Of Grey And Pink
05. Nine Feet Underground
05.1 Nigel Blows A Tune
05.2 Love’s A Friend
05.3 Make It 76
05.4 Dance Of The Seven Paper Hankies
05.5 Hold Grandad By The Nose
05.6 Honest I Did!
05.8 100% Proof
DSD Transferred from U.K. original analogue master tapes in 2013 by Mick McKenna & Richard Whittaker at FX Copyroom, London.