Planet Caravan

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"Planet Caravan"
Song by Black Sabbath
from the album Paranoid
Released18 September 1970 (1970-09-18)
Recorded16–21 June 1970
GenrePsychedelic rock
Length4:35
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Rodger Bain

"Planet Caravan" is a song by the English heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Geezer Butler has stated that the song's meaning is floating through the universe with one's lover. The lyrics to the demo version as available on the Special Edition reissue of Paranoid were ad-libbed by Osbourne about an outing in the woods. The song appears on their 1970 breakthrough album Paranoid. Lead singer Ozzy Osbourne uses a Leslie speaker to achieve the vocals' treble and vibration effects. The piano parts on the track were played by album engineer Tom Allom. Iommi overdubbed flute to the reversed multitrack master which was then re-forwarded and treated with stereo delay.

Pantera cover[edit]

"Planet Caravan"
Planet Caravan Pantera.jpg
Single by Pantera
from the album Far Beyond Driven
Released1994
Recorded1994
GenrePsychedelic rock
LabelEastWest
Songwriter(s)Iommi/Butler/Ward/Osbourne
Producer(s)
Pantera singles chronology
"I'm Broken"
(1994)
"Planet Caravan"
(1994)
"5 Minutes Alone"
(1994)

"Planet Caravan" was covered by American heavy metal band Pantera for their 1994 album Far Beyond Driven.

Music video[edit]

A video was produced for the song. All of the computer-generated visuals for the video were taken from Karl Sims digital animation "Panspermia" produced for the 1991 SIGGRAPH conference. The "Planet Caravan" video has been omitted from recent Pantera music video collections.

Release and reception[edit]

The song was released as the second single from Far Beyond Driven, and the follow up single to their hit single "I'm Broken" in 1994 on EastWest Records as a 12" single. It came in a 12" gatefold with a blood-red vinyl. Inside, the vinyl has a band picture with "To our fans: Thanks for the support!! You rule!! We'll see y'all next year!!" in silver. The pictures have also been signed in silver. The single became Pantera's highest charting single in the United States, peaking at #21 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, as well as charting on the UK Singles Chart, managing to peak at #26.[1][2]

In the liner notes of Far Beyond Driven, it reads:

"This is a Black Sabbath song off of the Paranoid album. So don't freak out on us. We did the song because we wanted to. It has nothing to do with the integrity of our direction. It's a tripped out song. We think you'll dig it. If you don't, don't fucking listen to it. Thanks. On behalf of the rest of Pantera, Phil Anselmo '94."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Pantera except where noted.

Side A
No.TitleLength
1."Planet Caravan" (Black Sabbath) 
2."The Badge" (Poison Idea) 
Side B
No.TitleLength
1."Cowboys from Hell" (live) 
2."Heresy" (live) 

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994–1995) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[3] 90
UK Singles Chart[1] 26
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Official Charts > Pantera". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-12-13.
  2. ^ "Pantera Songs • Top Songs / Chart Singles Discography • Music VF, US & UK hits charts". Musicvf.com. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  3. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 26 Feb 1995". Imgur.com (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2016-12-13.

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