Cunning Stunts (Caravan album)

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Cunning Stunts
Studio album by Caravan
Released July 25, 1975
Recorded September 1974 - May 1975
Genre Progressive rock, Canterbury scene
Length 41:47
Label Decca
Producer David Hitchcock
Caravan chronology
Caravan and the New Symphonia
(1974)
Cunning Stunts
(1975)
Blind Dog at St. Dunstans
(1976)

Cunning Stunts is the sixth studio album by the progressive rock band Caravan, released in 1975. It was their first album with the bass guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Mike Wedgwood. The title of the album is a spoonerism for 'Stunning Cunts', which is typical of their cheeky use of language. Two previous Caravan albums with titles that are also sexual plays on words are If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You and For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Allmusic described it as "a solid, varied, and interesting album with plenty of character."[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Show of Our Lives"   John Murphy, Dave Sinclair 5:47
2. "Stuck in a Hole"   Pye Hastings 3:09
3. "Lover"   Mike Wedgwood 5:06
4. "No Backstage Pass"   Pye Hastings 4:34
5. "Welcome the Day"   Mike Wedgwood 4:01
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Dabsong Conshirtoe"
  • a)  "The Mad Dabsong"
  • b)  "Ben Karratt Rides Again"
  • c)  "Pro's and Con's"
  • d)  "Wraiks and Ladders"
  • e)  "Sneaking out the Bare Quare"
  • f)  "All Sorts of Unmentionable Things""  
John Murphy, Dave Sinclair 18:00
  • 2:15
  • 2:42
  • 2:29
  • 0:58
  • 4:25
  • 5:11
2. "Fear and Loathing in Tollington Park Rag"   Geoffrey Richardson 1:10
Bonus tracks

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Jimmy Hastings – brass arranger, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet
  • David Hitchcock – producer

Chart performance[edit]

In the USA, the album peaked #124 in the Billboard 200 album charts in 1975.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Planer, Lindsay. Cunning Stunts (Caravan album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Cunning Stunts - Caravan | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 

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