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[Audio] – Caravan – “With An Ear to the Ground, You Can Make It” (1970)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 16, 2009

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Caravan – “With An Ear to the Ground, You Can Make It” (1970)

I bought this album when I was 18, the same day as buying a twofer of the Soft Machine’s first two albums.  And ten years later, I don’t think I’ve heard anything from the “Canterbury scene” I like more; but one doesn’t hear as much about this band as Wyatt, Ayers, et al.  Canterbury is the other “prog” besides Faust/Can/Neu/Cluster-nexus Krautrock that doesn’t go wanky, even when it goes jammy, and Caravan from this era is a perfect introduction.  This track has it all: it’s sprawling but spare, quiet and loud, rocking and introspective, even “epic”; but it’s always purposeful and infectious, with fantastic vocals (uncannily similar to Wyatt’s), bass, drums, percussion, flute and keyboards, never giving in to stereotypical prog-complexity for its own sake. [This track starts out very quiet, so be careful not to turn up your speakers too loud.  Caravan is featured here in a mix at Musicophilia.]

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