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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Caravan - Canterbury Tales (The Best of Caravan)

A Camel Caravan

I must finally confess.. I just love (some) progressive rock.
Mostly I mean music of a certain sound and genre..popularly known as the 'Canterbury Scene' probably because most of the musicians were from and around Canterbury, Kent, UK at the time they were producing. The bands were forever mutating and changing but the music, in general, stayed at a very high standard. Long melodic Viola solos, keyboards and lots of tight, solid drum beats. I think you call it 5/4 timing but I could be wrong. There is often a hint of Classical music in there and althought I mentioned the keyboard solos don't be mistaken into thinking this is such self-indulgence along the lines of say..Rick Wakeman or Emerson of ELP. No no. The Caravan solos are much more melodic and tuneful. They suck you in slowly and then the tempo and the strength rises until you are thrown out of the other side before you know what hit you...but they don't leave you there, they pick you up gently and then lay you down so that you end up in a much more peaceful place than you started from.
So that is Caravan in a nutshell.

Now you can give me shit for not liking some of these so called modern 'artists' that I love putting in the bin on a regular basis.
Bands like Caravan are what you might call real talent. I'm not talking about ego here or image or any of the other bullshit that seems to be the standard for being a worthy music outfit these days. I'm talking about actual talent and ability to hear and create soulful classics. Music that stimulates a part of the brain that might otherwise have slept.
There is no argument to criticise a band like Caravan. Technically they are supreme, melodically they are supreme. They are certainly gifted musicians and I defy anyone to prove otherwise.
Sure enough, some of their stuff can be comical and cheesey, verging on the stupid and unlistenable but hey, just cos' their sense of humour is a bag of shit to me doesn't mean that they are talentless.

Listen to the keyboard solo on 'The Dog, The Dog, he's at it again' and be amazed. Listen to 'For Richard' or '9 Feet Underground' and listen to some real fucking music. If you think fucking Pavement is the be all and end all and 'if it isn't INDIE it isn't shit' then fuck off and don't come back idiot.

One day you will realise that broadening your horizons isn't some compromise on ego..'s just, broadening your horizons.
Tunnel vision and blinkered attitudes are the ways of religion.
Religion is only 'good' for one thing: WAR
Music isn't religion, after all it's only music.

At least try it if you haven't before.

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Let the rabble commence.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

surely you mean "if it isn't Indie it IS shit"

7/14/2005 11:16:00 am  
Blogger hitmewithit said...

The word 'shit' to mean great or something good.
'The shit', 'good shit'. etc.
So 'if it isn't indie it isn't shit' would mean if it isn't indie it isn't worth listening to or it isn't any good'..
Glad to have cleared that point up for you.

7/14/2005 11:41:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't get these links to work, Gif. Agree with you about expanding your mind, mine can't be broad enough!

gammon (STH)

7/14/2005 10:10:00 pm  
Blogger hitmewithit said...

email me, Ill send the links...cant you work it out or some other problem..?

7/15/2005 11:54:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I tried all the copy and paste as per your instruction and I've got other links to work., but couldn't get a working link. I'll email you.

7/15/2005 07:06:00 pm  
Blogger hitmewithit said...

Ok I am testing them right now just to make sure and will re-upload if they are broken ok.
Here is the result:

You have requested the file van.catalogue1994.part1.rar (48000000 Bytes). This file has been downloaded 58 times already.

You have requested the file van.catalogue1994.part2.rar (48000000 Bytes). This file has been downloaded 49 times already.


You have requested the file van.catalogue1994.part3.rar (48000000 Bytes). This file has been downloaded 44 times already.


You have requested the file van.catalogue1994.part4.rar (1187584 Bytes). This file has been downloaded 38 times already.

What are you doing wrong?
Make sure you put the usual [RS] stuff in there and copy and paste the filenames and numbers exactly as they are. There is no need to upload again so maybe it was a temporary [RS] problem?
Try again!

7/15/2005 09:27:00 pm  
Blogger hitmewithit said...

Anyone wanna give me feedback on this here? Thanks

7/16/2005 12:49:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got them working now. Don't know whar I was doing wrong earlier!

7/16/2005 03:51:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll try this thanks

12/08/2006 06:25:00 pm  

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