-FIXED!!- Caravan - Waterloo Lily  [English Progressive 'Canterbury Scene' Rock]
Whilst I wait for the Latest Theme time radio hour show to upload three days later than usual..(yes I know, I just feel such a twat after boasting about it!)I decided to post this album that was ready to be up here at the weekend but didn't make it due to my not quite making it myself -much further than the hospital that is.
I was, for a long time, pretty obsessivly into the 'Canterbury Scene' of music that, surprise surprise, grew up and around many talented musicians who lived in and around the area of Canterbury in Kent. Not too far from where I live these days. their flavour of 'Prog-Rock' wasn't quite what the usual standard was about.
the talent and skill was in fact a cut above the usual standard: Some of the most highly talented musicians I could name were among the many members of the bands that sprouted during the Canterbury Scene heyday. The difference then, from the 'mainsteam Prog(if that is something that ever existed?!) was a mixture if a few things.
Notably the lyrics. Bands like Caravan who were one of the worst(!) for it, alongside the more skewed likes of 'Gong, would often base the lyrics of a track or 19minute progression(!) around something really silly, immature or just plain daft! I used to find it refreshing sometimes. Like a display of their talent: that they can play to you for maybe a 19minute soundscape and when it has the lyrical parts, you don't care a bit if they are singing about farm animals or english gents playing golf or trying to drop dumb schoolboy-ish chat up lines to schoolgirls and failing miserably! The music was just so bloody good, so mesmerising at times, powerful and capable of producing a truly unique journey and landscape of sounds and music that flowed more freely and more naturally than even water seems to.
Do I sound deluded??!
Probably but I stand by it.
Don't think for one minute that I condone every attempt at silliness or humour in their stuff because there is some crap in there but, mostly it fits the music and is great.
The music itself, apart from what you might imagine from the genre, was altogether more melodic than most. For the first time I found myself listening to JAZZ-based music and absolutely loving every bit of it. None of that freeform, no direction type of Jazz which I really cannot enjoy, even at gunpoint. No, more like jazz played from the mindset of a rock musician. Long musical interludes with some brilliant solos worked over a jazzy background. Solos on viola and Keyboard are Caravans forte and believe me you aint heard anything like it.
This album doesn't cover the wide range but definitely gives you an idea. One of the main reasons being that, like most of the Canterbury bands, the line-up was constantly changing, or 'evolving' and not always for the best. This album lacks the strength of one of my favoutie musicians, Dave Sinclair-the keyboard player. It has a more Jazzy sound that most of their other albums but that doesn't make it a bad one, far from it!
I plan to post a great compilation album I have of theirs that really hits the mark, showcasing their best stuff. So don't miss that soon.
When I was really into this scene, years after it actually happened(being only a youngster myself!) I would try to get every band that flirted with the Canterbury sound and tried to own all of the vinyl by the main players...Caravan, Camel, Gong, Egg, Gilgamesh, Robert wyatt and quite a few more obscure bands but I never got too carried away with obtaining obscure or rare bands, just those I mentioned were enough to be keeping up with, there are so many albums!
Also Matching Mole which is a Robert Wyatt project and really is something. I will post that soon.
I REALLY MESSED UP ON THIS ONE! - Read my explanation in the comments!
HERE ARE LINKS TO THE REAL WORKING ALBUM!
Just the one part
MIRROR LINKS..maybe later!
Excuse any glaring errors or typo's. I'm just a bit dazed so ignore it.
Bye for now people.
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