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CARAVAN OF DREAMS

Richard Sinclair

 

Canterbury Scene

3.35 | 22 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Where but for Caravan would I?

In the early 1990's Richard Sinclair formed a band around himself called Richard Sinclair's Caravan Of Dreams (the band name obviously hinting at Caravan, the band Sinclair is most known for being part of). At the time of the release of this self-titled debut of Richard Sinclair's Caravan Of Dreams in 1992, Caravan had not released any new studio material during the last ten years. (The most recent Caravan album at the time was still 1982's Back To Front in which Sinclair had participated.) Caravan Of Dreams thus came out during a real dry spell of Caravan music with the "real" Caravan having been dormant (as far as new material was concerned) for a long time (though they played live together in the early 90's, and a few years later they would return with a new studio album in Battle Of Hastings; without Sinclair).

Caravan Of Dreams featured two other previous Caravan members in Jimmy Hastings on flutes and Dave Sinclair (Richard's cousin) on keyboards, as well as Andy ward of Camel fame on drums (with whom Sinclair had played when he was part of Camel in the late 70's). The other participants are Rick Buddulph, Michael Huepel, and Alan Clarke.

The sound of this album is strongly reminiscent of Caravan, especially the aspect of that band that was brought by Sinclair. Some of the songs here are very much in the same style as Golf Girl and the title track of In The Land Of The Grey And Pink. Quirky, whimsical Pop tunes with jazzy and "dreamy" aspects. Fans of this side of Caravan will certainly enjoy this album. Indeed, this is a Caravan album in all but name and, in my opinion, this album is actually superior to all albums that were released by Caravan during the 90's, 80's, and second half of the 70's (from 1976's Blind Dog At St. Dunstans to 1995's Battle Of Hastings).

The first seven tracks are studio recordings, and these make up what I consider to be the album proper (they run for about 36 and a half minutes in total), while tracks eight to 12 are live recordings that I think are best considered as bonus tracks (even if they are not clearly demarcated as such on the sleeve).

Recommended for fans of Caravan

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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