Blind Dog at St. Dunstans
|Blind Dog at St. Dunstans|
|Studio album by|
|Released||23 April 1976|
|Genre||Progressive rock, Canterbury scene|
This album has a lighter feel than Caravan's previous releases, shifting toward shorter, "poppier" songs. The lighter feel is due in part to the prominence of Pye Hastings on the album. He wrote and sang eight out of nine songs. Moreover, Jan Schelhaas replaced Dave Sinclair on keyboards, moving away from lengthy organ-based instrumentals toward piano and synthesizer.
Album cover and title
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The cover art and title bring together several elements relating to Canterbury.
St. Dunstan was Archbishop of Canterbury and patron saint of the blind, after whom a home for the blind was named. The title comes from a Noël Coward explanation to a child for why one dog had mounted another: one dog was blind and the other was pushing him to St. Dunstan's. At the end of the song "Jack and Jill" can be heard two speaking voices amongst dogs barking:
First voice: "What are those two doggies doing over there?"
Second voice "Well, the doggie in front is blind and his friend behind is pushing him all the way to St Dunstan's"
The album cover shows St. Dunstan’s Street leading to the old West Gate in Canterbury. Members of Caravan used to frequent the pubs near the St. Dunstan area. The cover notes gives special thanks to Noël Coward.
All songs composed by Pye Hastings, except where noted.
- Side one
|1.||"Here Am I"||6:19|
|2.||"Chiefs and Indians"||Mike Wedgwood||5:13|
|3.||"A Very Smelly, Grubby Little Oik"||4:15|
|5.||"Come on Back"||4:50|
- Side two
|7.||"Jack and Jill"||6:26|
|8.||"Can You Hear Me?"||6:17|
|9.||"All the Way (with John Wayne's single-handed liberation of Paris)"||9:03|
- Pye Hastings – vocals (tracks 1, 3-9); electric and acoustic guitars
- Geoffrey Richardson – viola, electric guitar, flute, night-shift whistle
- Jan Schelhaas – keyboards
- Mike Wedgwood – vocals (track 2); bass guitar, congas
- Richard Coughlan – drums
- Additional personnel
- Jimmy Hastings – flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, clarinet
- David Hitchcock – producer
- Chanter Sisters – backing vocalist, backing vocals
- Lead vocals on all songs by Pye Hastings, except track 2, by Mike Wedgwood.
- "Here Am I": lead guitar – Pye Hastings
- "A Very Smelly, Grubby Little Oik": lead guitar – Geoffrey Richardson
- "Bobbing Wide": flutes – Geoffrey Richardson
- "Come on Back": lead guitar & flute – Geoffrey Richardson; tenor sax and clarinet – Jimmy Hastings
- "Oik (reprise)": lead guitar & flute – Geoffrey Richardson; tenor sax and clarinet – Jimmy Hastings
- "Jack and Jill": lead guitar – Pye Hastings
- "All the Way (with John Wayne's single-handed liberation of Paris)": flute, alto sax – Jimmy Hastings
Surprise Supplies (later renamed Here Am I) is a live album featuring all the Blind Dog at St. Dunstans songs, except for "Jack and Jill", recorded at a concert of 4 May 1976.
The next day, 5 May 1976, Caravan played on the John Peel show for BBC radio, recordings of this show appear on the 1998 release Ether Way: BBC Sessions, 1975–1977, these are : "All the Way" / "A Very Smelly Grubby Little Oik" / "Bobbing Wide" / "Come on Back" / "Grubby Oik Reprise".
- Foss, Richard (2011). "Caravan - Blind Dog at St. Dunstans | AllMusic". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
- "Calyx, the Canterbury website". Retrieved 15 July 2007.
- Eric, Grey. "Where but for Caravan Would I? No. 6" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2007.
- Eric, Grey. "Where but for Caravan Would I? No. 16" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2007.
- Sleeve notes: CD, Blind Dog at St. Dunstans
- Caravan - Blind Dog at St. Dunstans (1976) album review by Richard Foss, credits & releases at AllMusic.com
- Caravan - Blind Dog at St. Dunstans (1976) album releases & credits at Discogs.com
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