In the Land of Grey and Pink

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In the Land of Grey and Pink
Studio album by Caravan
Released 8 April 1971
Recorded November 1970 – January 1971
Decca Studios, North London, England
Genre Progressive rock, psychedelic rock, Canterbury scene
Length 43:23
Label Deram Records
Producer David Hitchcock
Caravan chronology
If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You
(1970)
In the Land of Grey and Pink
(1971)
Waterloo Lily
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

In the Land of Grey and Pink is an album by progressive rock band Caravan, released in 1971. According to Allmusic, "it is considered by many to be the pinnacle release from Caravan." It has remained in the catalogue ever since its original release in 1971.[2]

Along with Soft Machine, Caravan were a leading exponent of what became known as "the Canterbury sound" – a concoction of styles including jazz, classical and traditional English influences.

In the Q and Mojo Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album came No. 19 in its list of "40 Cosmic Rock Albums".[3]

The Tolkienesque cover art was by Anne Marie Anderson.[2]

A new edition of the album, remastered and mixed in stereo and 5.1 surround sound by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree, was released on two CDs and a DVD-Video to coincide with its 40th anniversary.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Richard Coughlan, Pye Hastings, Dave Sinclair and Richard Sinclair (except "Aristocracy", by Coughlan, Hastings and Richard Sinclair).

Side One
No. Title Length
1. "Golf Girl"   5:05
2. "Winter Wine"   7:46
3. "Love to Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly)"   3:06
4. "In the Land of Grey and Pink"   4:51
Side Two
No. Title Length
1. "Nine Feet Underground"
  • I. "Nigel Blows a Tune"
  • II. "Love's a Friend"
  • III. "Make It 76"
  • IV. "Dance of the Seven Paper Hankies"
  • V. "Hold Grandad by the Nose"
  • VI. "Honest I Did!"
  • VII. "Disassociation"
  • VIII. "100% Proof"  
22:43
Total length:
43:31

The following bonus tracks were included on the 2001 remastered edition of CD:

  • Remastered by Paschal Byrne

Track list and timings from the 1971 London LP (PS 593):

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
  • Jimmy Hastings – piccolo (side 1: 1), flute (side 1: 3 & side 2: 1), saxophone (side 2: 1)
  • Paul Beecham – trombone (side 1: 1)
  • Dave Grinstead – canon, bell and wind (side 2: 1)
  • Engineer: all tracks, Side 1 – John Punter
  • Rhythm track engineer: Side 2 – Dave Grinstead
  • Overdubbing engineers: Side 2 – Dave Grinstead and Derek Varnalls

Release information[edit]

Year Type Label Catalog #
1971 LP Deram 593
1971 LP London (US) PS 593
1989 CD Decca 820520
2001 CD Universal International 527001
2001 CD Eclectic Discs 1302
2001 CD Decca 527001
2001 CD Decca 8829832
2002 CD Universal/Island 2390
2005 CD Decca 82983
2007 CD Eclectic 230563
2011 CD/DVD Deram 533,316-1

Cover versions[edit]

"Golf Girl" was covered by Nigel Planer (in his guise as hippy Neil from The Young Ones) on his album Neil's Heavy Concept Album, and featured Dawn French as a not-so-nice fairy godmother.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. "In the Land of Grey and Pink – Caravan | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 23 June 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Mark Powell, sleeve notes to 2001 cd reissue
  3. ^ Q Classic: Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, 2005.

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