July 17, 2009 Playlist

"For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night" by Caravan (1973)
Caravan  "For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night"  1973 (UK)
Caravan was one of the key "Canterbury scene" bands from Great Britain in the 1960's, most notable for Pye Hasting's whimsical and distinctive tunes and voice, and the superlative keyboard playing of David Sinclair.  In fact it could be said that Sinclair's keyboards are the single most identifiable element of the whole "Canterbury sound" (and why not, he was also later in such notable "Canterbury" groups as Robert Wyatt's Matching Mole as well as the supergroup Hatfield & The North!)  I keep putting "Canterbury" in quotes however, because most of the groups from this so-called scene actually had very little to do with that town and never lived there.  (Although ironically Caravan is one of the few groups that actually did have roots in that city.)  Anyhoo, For Girls Who Grow  was their fifth LP, and probably the most hard-rockin' in their whole discography -- though still very prog and very whimsical.
Among Caravan's most memorable songs is the cheesy/adorable "Golf Girl" from their most acclaimed album, 1971's In The Land Of Grey & Pink.  "Magic Man" is a song from their debut album that really shows the group's flower-power roots.  But for the motherlode of Caravan video action, here's a 1973 performance from the era of this album -- part one, part two and part three  -- progtastylicious!
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year (label) Country
The Earthling Invasion Year of the Monkey A Star Is Born (N) 2009 (self release) USA
Earthling Society E.V.I.L.U.S.A. Sci-Fi Hi Fi (N) 2009 (4Zero) UK
Caravan The Dog, The Dog, He's At It Again For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night
1973 UK
Caravan Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night
1973 UK
Hatfield & The North Fitter Stoke Has A Bath The Rotter's Club 1975 UK
Van der Graaf Generator Whatever Would Robert Have Said The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other 1970 UK
Yes Looking Around Yes 1969 UK
Black Sabbath A National Acrobat Sabbath Bloody Sabbath 1973 UK
Second Family Band Morning In The East (part 1) East To West (N - cassette) 2009 (Earjerk) USA
Second Family Band Seer's Word Weird Sword / Seer's Word (N - cassette) 2009 (Earjerk) USA
Sonic Youth Slaapkamers Met Slagroom Slaapkamers Met Slagroom EP 1997 USA
Grateful Dead New Potato Caboose Anthem Of The Sun 1968 USA
The Suit Double Crossed On Planet Love Smart Studios & The Slipper Club Present Under The Radar Vol. 1 (various artists comp) 2006 USA
The United Sons Of Toil The Collapse of Communism Hope Is Not A Strategy (N) 2007 USA
The Takebacks Pharisees Call Collect Ask For The . . .  (N) 2009 (self release) USA
The Rick Ray Band The Voices The Setlist (N) 2009 (Neurosis) USA
Uriah Heep July Morning Look At Yourself 1971 UK
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