July 10, 2019 Playlist

"Blind Dog At St. Dunstans" by Caravan (1976)
Caravan "Blind Dog At St. Dunstans"  1976 (UK)
This week's CAOTW is an underappreciated gem of "Canterbury prog" by one of the cornerstone bands of the Canterbury scene (the other being The Soft Machine). None of the Canterbury groups broke through in America, and they were very much "underground popular" in their native Britain as well. Whereas Soft Machine was definitely "art rock" with all sorts of avant-garde, jazz and classical influences, Caravan was really the only "populist" of the Canterbury bands that could have potentially produced a pop hit. They were more melodic and groovin' than the rest, in fact by the time of this 1976 album they were pretty much a jamband - only more whimsical and Very British. Perhaps it was because two key members of the original band had left by this point to go play in artsier bands: Richard Sinclair (bass & vocals) left around 1972 to become a key member of Hatfield & The North, followed by his cousin Dave Sinclair (keyboards) who played with Matching Mole as well as Hatfield (he then returned to Caravan but left again before this album, then came back again in 1980! But before that happened Richard & Dave also played together for a couple years in another cult-favorite prog band of the day, Camel.)
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
Dr. JohnThe Patriotic Flag-WaiverBabylon1969USA
The Mystery Lights Wish That She'd Come BackToo Much Tension! (N)2019 (Daptone)USA
The Claypool-Lennon Delirium South of RealitySouth of Reality (N)2019 (ATO)USA
Clinic Laughing CavalierWheeltappers And Shunters (N)2019 (Domino)UK
POW! PeterShift (N)2019 (Castle Face)USA
Ty Segall I Worship The DogFirst Taste (N)2019 (Drag City)USA
Ty Segall Freedom Band Warm Hands (live)Deforming Lobes (N)2019 (Drag City)USA
Black Mountain Pretty Little LaziesDestroyer (N)2019 (Jagjaguwar)Canada
Tricot Reflection
   / Warukuchi ("Bad Mouth")
Repeat EP (N)2019 (Bakuretsu)Japan
Poppy (with Fever 333) Scary Mask Choke EP (N)2019 (Mad Decent/I'm Poppy)USA
Wand WonderLaughing Matter (N)2019 (Drag City)USA
Fat White Family When  I LeaveSerf's Up! (N)2019 (Domino)UK
Snarky Puppy Bling BlingImmigrance (N)2019 (GroundUP)USA
Chris Forsyth New Paranoid CatAll Time Present (N)2019 (No Quarter)USA
CaravanCan You Hear Me?Blind Dog At St. Dunstans
CaravanA Very Smelly, Grubby Little Oik
 ---> Bobbing Wide
 ---> Come On Back
 ---> Oik (reprise)
Blind Dog At St. Dunstans
Hatfield & The North(Big) John Wayne Socks Psychology On The Jaw
 ---> Chaos At The Greasy Spoon
 ---> Halfway Between Heaven And Earth
(CD bonus tracks)
The Rotters' Club 1975UK
Soft MachineAs Long As He Lies Perfectly StillVolume 21969UK
Dr. John The Night TripperWalk On Guilded SplintersGris-Gris1968USA
Dr. JohnIce AgeLocked Down2012USA
Thelonious MonkCriss-CrossCriss-Cross1963USA
Chico HamiltonA TripThe Dealer1966USA
Gabor SzaboThree King FishersBacchanal1968Hungary/USA
Brigitte Fontaine (with The Art Ensemble of Chicago)Lettre Monsieur Le Chef De Gare De La Tour Carol Comme  La Radio1969France/USA
Archie SheppQuiet DawnAttica Blues1972USA
Charles MingusThe Shoes Of The Fisherman's Wife Are Some Jive Ass SlippersLet My Children Hear Music1972USA
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