Caravan – If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over You (1970)

Artist Credit
Brother James Flute, Saxophone
Paschal Byrne Remastering
Caravan Primary Artist, Producer
Richard Coughlan Bongos, Composer, Congas, Drums, Finger Cymbals, Maracas
David Grinsted Remixing
Jimmy Hastings Flute, Saxophone
Pye Hastings Claves, Composer, Guitar, Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (Acoustic), Memorabilia, Photography, Sound Effects
Terry King Management, Producer
Mark Powell Liner Notes, Tape Research
John Punter Remixing
Dave Sinclair Composer, Harpsichord, Organ, Piano
Richard Sinclair Bass, Composer, Guitar (Bass), Tambourine
Phil Smee CD Package Design
Andy Street Project Coordinator
Robin Sylvester Engineer
Richard Bennett Zeff Cover Photo

Caravan followed up their eponymous debut with the cryptically titled If I Could Do It All Over Again I’d Do It All Over You in the fall of 1970. If I Could Do It All Over Again contains significant progressions over the first album. These include the intricacy with which compositions are sculpted around some of the finest instrumental improvisation in British rock at the time — or arguably since. Caravan’s uncanny ability to create a montage that effortlessly maneuvers through acoustic folk and electric progressive rock is best exemplified on the “With an Ear to the Ground” suite. The extended instrumental passages weave in and out of each other, creating a hypnotic and otherwise psychedelic soundscape that would become a trademark of the European progressive rock movement. Another epic, “For Richard” quickly found solid standing as the Caravan live performance closer for decades after first appearing on this album. Juxtaposed against these pieces are several shorter works, which in essence clear the palette for the longer ones. The title track, as well as “Hello, Hello” are perfect examples of how Caravan was able to one-up many of their progressive contemporaries, creating shorter and more accessible songs for radio airplay — resulting in a guest appearance on BBC TV’s Top of the Pops program.

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