Caravan – In The Land Of Grey And Pink (1971)

Artist Credit
David Baker Assistant Engineer
Paschal Byrne Remastering
Caravan Primary Artist, Producer
Richard Coughlan Composer, Drums, Group Member, Percussion
Dave Grinsted Bells, Engineer, Overdub Engineer, Overdubs, Remixing, Wind
David Grinsted Bells, Engineer, Percussion, Wind
Alan Harris Assistant Engineer
Jimmy Hastings Composer, Flute, Group Member, Piccolo, Sax (Tenor), Saxophone, Wind
Julian Gordon Hastings Mixing
Pye Hastings Composer, Group Member, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric), Vocals
Anthony Hawkins Mastering
David Hitchcock Producer
Terry King Producer
Mark Powell Liner Notes, Tape Research
John Punter Engineer, Rhythm Engineer
Peter Rynston Engineer, Remixing
Dave Sinclair Composer, Group Member, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Mellotron, Organ, Piano, Vocal Harmony
Richard Sinclair Bass, Composer, Group Member, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Bass), Vocals
Phil Smee CD Package Design, Packaging
Andy Street Project Coordinator
John Tracy Co-Coordinator, Liner Notes, Research
Derek Varnals Engineer, Overdub Engineer
Richard Bennett Zeff Cover Photo

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.” The remastered version of this album includes previously unissued demos/alternate versions of both tracks under the titles: “It’s Likely to Have a Name Next Week” and “Group Girl,” respectively. The remastered disc also includes “I Don’t Know Its Name (Alias the Word)” and “Aristocracy,” two pieces that were completed, but shelved in deference to the time limitations imposed during the days of wine and vinyl. The latter composition would be reworked and released on Caravan’s next album, Waterloo Lily. The 12-page liner notes booklet includes expanded graphics, memorabilia, and an essay penned specifically for the reissue.

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