THE ULTIMATE ANTHOLOGY (2004) / THE ANTHOLOGY (2004)

TRACKLIST
1 Nine feet underground (18:57)
2 For Richard (13:02)
3 Caravan medley: The Dabsong Conshirtoe/All Aboard/Where But For Caravan Would I Be/O Caroline/The Dabsong/The Love In Your Eye/Backwards/A Hunting We Shall Go (15:24)
4 Nightmare (9:12)
5 All the way (3:49)
6 A very smelly little oik (6:31)
7 If I could do it all over again.. (listed but omitted)
8 Liar (7:03)
Bonus tracks
9 Magic man (3:54)
10 Place of my own (3:05)
11 Golf girl (4:11)

tracks 1-2 are from DVD Live In Nottingham (1990)
tracks 3-4 are from DVD A Night's Tale, Live In The USA (2002)
tracks 5-8 are from DVD A Night In London (2004)
tracks 9-11 are from Beat Club, German television archives (1970's)

LINE UP
Simon Bentall (percussion) on tracks 3-8
Doug Boyle (guitar) on tracks 3-8
Richard Coughlan (drums)
Jimmy Hastings (saxophone, flute) on tracks 1, 2
Pye Hastings (guitar, lead vocals)
Jim Leverton (bass guitar, lead and backing vocals) on tracks 3-8
Geoffrey Richardson (guitar, viola, mandolin, flute, vocals) on tracks 3-8
Jan Schelhaas (keyboards) on tracks 5-8
Dave Sinclair (keyboards) on tracks 1-4, 9-11
Richard Sinclair (bass, vocals) on tracks 1-2, 9-11

VERSIONS
year/format/label/cat/country
2004/DVD/Ragnarock/DVDL013D/Europe (THE ULTIMATE ANTHOLOGY
2004/DVD/Classic Rock Legends/CRL1568/Europe (THE ANTHOLOGY)
REVIEWS FROM VARIOUS SOURCES

An unauthorised bootleg reissued and repackaged yet again
On behalf of the Caravan community I am acting on my own risk to let it be known that these releases are neither authorised or associated with the present and past members and management of Caravan. Past manager Mark Powell publicly issued an official boycott for the sale of material from this concert which was recorded 30th June 2002 at The Patriots Theater, Trenton, New Jersey USA, the band appearing exclusively for the 2002 NEARfest Festival. Mark's statement can be read via an archived copy of the band's past official website: http://web.archive.org/web/20050411200349/http://www.caravan-info.co.uk/article.php?id=32 This CD is a repackaged reissue of truncated bootleg material previously available as 'A Night's Tale: Live In The USA' (issued by Classic Rock Productions ltd in 2003), 'Grey, Pink and Gold' (issued by Retro in 2004), Live On Air (issued by Southworld in 2010). There was also an unauthorised DVD release of the concert titled 'A Knights Tale: Live in the USA' (issued by Classic Rock Productions ltd) which to has been repackaged and reissued under alternative titles and distribution companies (including Ragnarock ltd, Ragnarock Films, Music Reviews ltd, Sandbeach Holdings). This material has never been authorised for release by the band and their management past and present and not a single penny has ever been received by members of Caravan from any of the many releases. The Store For Music ltd is the latest record label to release this material and it is possible that once again it has been third party licensed to them "in good faith" by the person which I for unjust legal reasons have to refrain from publicly slandering. I have attempted to warn Store for Music about this material but they have refused to listen and thus have gone ahead with this reissue. For authorised and approved releases check out Demon Records' new issue of the 1990 ITV Bedrock television concert titled Access All Areas now available as a remastered CD/DVD package with exclusive bonus material. Salvo have issued a PAL release of the band's 2010 television recording at Metropolis Studios in London which is combined with an exclusive CD release. In addition, the band have released many more official live recordings from 2010 through to 2015 which are part available from the official Caravan website including a DVD of their most recent USA concert. Much love, NB
Slappyhead 1/5 15.02.2015 (PROGARCHIVES)

If I could do it all over again. I'd make sure the track list was correct
This is actually a DVD compilation which brings together songs from three concerts already available on DVD. We begin with two tracks from a 1990 performance in Nottingham UK, previously released on the Live in Nottingham DVD. The versions of Nine feet underground and For Richard are pretty much the full renditions by the classic Caravan line up. It does seem a bit odd being presented with the traditional Caravan closer (For Richard) so early in the set here, but both songs sound as superb as they ever did. One minor quibble though is that the director appears to have some difficulty distinguishing between sax and keyboards, frequently giving us shots of the wrong band member during solos. From Nottingham, we are transported to Trenton, New Jersey, USA for a 2002 gig previously released as A Night's tale, live in the USA. From this gig, we also have two lengthy tracks, including a superb Caravan medley. The medley draws in a fine cross section of the band's works, merging them together seamlessly into a wonderful suite. The footage mixes film of the rehearsals with parts from the actual performance. Finally, we return across the pond to London UK for a gig in 2003. Three tracks from this concert are included (not four as listed on the sleeve, If I could do it all over again.. does not in fact appear), including the superb All the way from Blind dog at St Dunstans. Unfortunately, this great song is cut back from its original 9 minutes to less than half of that. The bonus tracks are archive film from Beat Club performances for German television in the early 1970's, including a full colour version of Golf girl. It is perhaps these three tracks (the others are Magic man and Place of my own) which make this collection attractive to fans of Caravan. The picture quality is a bit variable, with the Nottingham footage being a bit fuzzy while the 21st Century recordings are much better. The 5.1 surround sound is generally very good. This collection tends to be sold at a very cheap price these days, so those with a passing interest in seeing Caravan in concert would be well advised to pick this up. Committed fans should go for the original DVDs.
Easy Livin 3/5 02.08.2008 (PROGARCHIVES)

A low-budget compilation from previously released CARAVAN live DVD's. As Easy Livin' points out, there is even a fault in the track listing, and also otherwise there is a cheapie feel to the DVD, but I'm quite happy with it nevertheless. The sound is OK, the picture is here and there far from perfect, but overall the contents are good and gives a well-balanced selection from the whole discography, with the emphasis on the classic 70's era. Included are lengthy classics 'Nine Feet Underground' and 'For Richard'. No fancy live visualistics, just plain professional playing that is enjoyable to watch and listen to. For the most part tracks are instrumental, and so it's very nice bonus to have three early videos of 'Magic Man', 'Place of My Own' and 'Golf Girl'. Recommendable for any CARAVAN friend.
Matti 3/5 18.02.2011 (PROGARCHIVES)

Previously released footage with desireable bonus tracks
For me, the appeal of Caravan peaked during the late sixties and early seventies, and it's sad that there seems to be so precious little footage available of them during that period. Before committing myself to the purchase of this DVD, I was unable to find exact details of what was included, so I decided to pay as little as possible from an Amazon Marketplace trader thinking that it may possibly be only for the bonus tracks. I'm reporting back here to remove the uncertainty for other potential buyers. As suspected, the live material on this disc appears to have been purely culled from three other concerts which, at the time of writing, are still available in their entirety on alternative DVDs. That footage being from Nottingham 1990, USA 2002 and London 2003. So, if you're a die-hard Caravan fan, you may well already have all of these and, as with me, it just comes down to how much you are willing to pay for those bonus tracks, which I don't believe have been made available on DVD before. Of those, I already had 'Golf Girl' from German TV, and a clip of 'A Place Of My Own' which was included in an excellent mail order only VHS video tribute called 'Where but for Caravan would I'. So, in the end, I gained very little out of the purchase of this DVD. For those new to Caravan and just wanting something to start with this disc would be good, especially at the price I paid. However, whilst the 1990 reunion of the original members, and the latest incarnation featuring the excellent lead guitar playing of Doug Boyle are appreciable, unfortunately, the live footage still seems a far cry from the experiences I had at concerts during the early days. It is all we have, though, so I guess it should be savoured.Read more
Tyredeyes 3/5 02.07.2006 (AMAZON)

This is pretty good stuff for new and old Caravan fans. The bonus tracks Magic Man, Place of My Own and Golf Girl are perhaps the highlight as they are really early videos featuring the original band performing at Beat Club. Nine Feet Underground and For Richard come from 1990 but still feature the original band in fine form. Dave Sinclair's keyboard playing is an absolute delight and they are joined by Jimmy Hastings on flute/saxophone. An excellent 'Caravan medley' plus other tracks appear to come from a 1992 concert/rehearsals from Trenton New Jersey Sound and visual quality are very good and all in all this is a surprisingly decent package - would have like to have seen a few more classic track like Winter Wine included
A Customer 4/5 22.12.2005 (AMAZON)

if only
to be honest i was a little dissapointed only because dave sinclair plays keyboards synths and pitch bends rather than using the classic organ and it sounds probably because its the early 90s, other than that its a great gig
A Customer 4/5 07.03.2006 (AMAZON)

old sounds
browsing through amazon and found this in music section. brings back good memories of nice summers and pop festivals. good to listen to again and nice and easy to watch. arrived really quickly. great
jr 4/5 14.06.2013 (AMAZON)

This is just fantastic. A really great bit of film of my favourite band. Could watch it over and over, takes me back to the days when they were on the road.
Glenn Hillier "Caraman" (West Sussex UK) 5/5 04.12.2010 (AMAZON)