Caravan BBC sessions and live dates 1968-1978

official releases:
<1> Songs for Oblivion Fishermen (Hux)
<2> Ether Way (Hux)
<3> Green Bottles For Marjorie : The Lost BBC Sessions (Caravan Songs)
<4> The Show Of Our Lives (Mooncrest)
<5> Various - Canterburied Sounds, Vol. 1 (Voiceprint)
<6> Various - Canterburied Sounds, Vol. 2 (Voiceprint)
<7> Various - Canterburied Sounds, Vol. 3 (Voiceprint)
<8> Various - Canterburied Sounds, Vol 4 (Voiceprint)
<9> Caravan & the New Symphonia (Decca/Universal)
<10> Live at the Fairfield Halls, 1974 (Decca/Universal)
<11> BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert (Windsong)
<12> Live UK Tour 1975 (MLP)
<13> Surprise Supplies (HTD)
<14> The HTD Years (HTD)
<15> The Show of Our Lives: Live at the BBC 1968-1975 (Universal)
<16> A Hunting We Shall Go: Live in 1974 (The Store For Music, 2008)
Caravan Songs for Oblivion Fishermen Caravan Ether Way Caravan Green Bottles For Marjorie Caravan Show Of Our Lives Caravan Canterburied Sounds 1 Caravan Canterburied Sounds 2 Caravan Canterburied Sounds 3 Caravan Canterburied Sounds 4
<1><2><3><4><5><6><7><8>
Caravan New Symphonia Caravan Fairfield Halls Caravan BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert Caravan Live UK Tour 1975 Caravan Surprise Supplies Caravan HTD Years Caravan Show of Our Lives Caravan BBC 1968-1975 A Hunting We Shall Go
<9><10><11><12><13><14><15><16>

bootlegs:
[A] BBC 1969-1973 (ZA)
[B] Living In The Grey And Pink (AULICA)
[C] For Penguin Who Hatch In The Polar Night (AULICA)
[D] Chemical Disease In Town (RAID MASTERS)
[E] Long Walk Desert (Canterbury Dream)
[F] Canterbury Everywhere (OH BOY)
[G] Various - The Canterbury Tapes (OH BOY)
[H] Live at Record Plant: First American Tour (Ayanami)
Caravan BBC 1969-1973 Caravan Living In The Grey And Pink Caravan For Penguin Who Hatch In The Polar Night Caravan Chemical Disease In Town Caravan Long Walk Desert Caravan Canterbury Everywhere Caravan Canterbury Tapes Live at Record Plant
[A][B][C][D][E][F][G][H]

1968.1
Caravan is formed : Pye Hastings, Richard Sinclair, David Sinclair and Richard Coughlan.

Caravan Green Bottles For Marjorie
Caravan BBC 1969-1973
Caravan Show of Our Lives Caravan BBC 1968-1975

1968.12.31 - BBC 'Top Gear' <3> [A]

  • Green Bottles For Marjorie (If I Could...)
  • Place Of My Own <15>
  • Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin
  • Ride <15>

1969.1
debut album "Caravan" released

1969.1.27 - BBC 'Sounds Like Tony Brandon'

  • Green Bottles For Marjorie (If I Could...)
  • Place Of My Own
  • Ride

1969.3.15 - BBC2 TV 'Colour Me Pop'

[guest: Jimmy Hastings]

1969.8.26 - BBC 'Top Gear'

  • The Clipping Of The Eighth (Hello Hello)
  • Why (And I Wish I Were Stoned)
  • Excerpt From The Daily Routine Of Maurice Haylett

Caravan Canterburied Sounds 1
Caravan Canterburied Sounds 2
Caravan Canterburied Sounds 3
Caravan Canterburied Sounds 4

1970 (?) - The Foundry in Jury Lane, Canterbury

  • Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin' <5>
  • Summertime <5>
  • As I Feel I Die <6>
  • Where But Caravan Would I <6>
  • If I Could... <7>
  • With An Ear To The Ground You Can Make It <8>

Caravan Canterburied Sounds 2

1970 (?) - East Kent (with Zobe)

  • Carazobe <6>

Caravan Songs for Oblivion Fishermen
Caravan Living In The Grey And Pink
Caravan Canterbury Tapes
Caravan Show of Our Lives Caravan BBC 1968-1975

1970.8.19 - BBC 'Top Of The Pops' <1> [B][G]

  • Hello Hello <15>
  • If I Could... (<15> =alt. take)
  • As I Feel I Die (<15>=long version)

1970.9.4
2nd album "If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You" released

1970.9.9 - Studio TI, Shepherds Bush (BBC session)

(details unknown)

Caravan Show Of Our Lives
Caravan BBC 1969-1973
Caravan Living In The Grey And Pink

1970.10 - BBC 'In Concert'

  • Hello Hello <4>
  • If I Could... <4>
  • And I Wish I Were Stoned/Don't Worry <4> [A]
  • For Richard <4>
  • (Magic Man [B] ?)

Caravan BBC 1969-1973

1970.11.2 - BBC 'Top Gear'

  • Golf Girl (early lyrics) [A]
  • For Richard
  • Hello Hello (<4>?)

Caravan Songs for Oblivion Fishermen
Caravan Show Of Our Lives
Caravan Show of Our Lives Caravan BBC 1968-1975
Caravan Canterbury Tapes
Caravan BBC 1969-1973

1971.3.11 - BBC 'Alan Black Show' (Sounds Of The Seventies)

  • Love To Love You <1> <4> <15> [G]
  • In The Land Of Grey And Pink <1> <4> <15> [G]
  • Golf Girl <4> or [B](?)
  • Love Song Without Flute <1> <4> <15> [A][G]

Caravan BBC 1969-1973

1971.3.29 - BBC 'Top Gear' [A]

  • Nine Feet Underground

1971.4.8
3rd album "In The Land Of Grey And Pink" released

Caravan Green Bottles For Marjorie
Caravan Living In The Grey And Pink
Caravan Show of Our Lives Caravan BBC 1968-1975
Caravan BBC 1969-1973

1971.5.16 (5.6 ?) - Paris Theatre, London [BBC 'Sunday Concert'] <3> [B]

  • Nine Feet Underground (<15>=short edit)
  • In The Land Of Grey And Pink
  • Feelin' Reelin' Squeelin' <15> [A]
  • (Magic Man [B] ?)

1971.8
David Sinclair announces that he's leaving the band. He is replaced by Steve Miller.

Caravan Green Bottles For Marjorie
Caravan BBC 1969-1973
Caravan Living In The Grey And Pink

1972.4.11 - BBC 'John Peel Show'

  • Waterloo Lily [A]
  • The Love In Your Eye <3>
  • The World Is Yours
  • Place Of My Own [B]

1972.5.2
4th album "Waterloo Lily " released

1972.7
Steve Miller leaves, soon followed by Richard Sinclair, having already joined Steve in a reformation of Delivery (with Phil Miller and Pip Pyle completing the line-up). John G. Perry (whose band Gringo had supported Caravan on its Spring 1971 UK tour) is considered as replacement, but has just joined Spreadeagle. Eventually, an introduction through a friend produces Stuart Evans, ex-Thank You. A series of auditions turn up keyboard player Derek Austin, ex-Gass, and Geoffrey Richardson on viola, ex-Spirogyra.

1972.12.5 - Le Chalet, Strasbourg (France)

The Love In Your Eye / Waterloo Lily / And I Wish I Were Stoned/Don't Worry / Place Of My Own / For Richard

1973.2
John G. Perry joins on bass and vocals.

1973.3
David Sinclair rejoins, having left Hatfield and the North.

Caravan Songs for Oblivion Fishermen
Caravan Canterbury Tapes

1973.8.20 - BBC 'John Peel Show'

  • Headloss
  • Memory Lain, Hugh <1> [G]
  • A Hunting We Shall Go <1> [G]

Caravan Show of Our Lives Caravan BBC 1968-1975
Caravan For Penguin Who Hatch In The Polar Night

1973.9.8 (8.2 ?) - Paris Theatre, London [BBC 'In Concert'] <15>

  • A Hunting We Shall Go
  • Waffle Part One (Be Alright / Chance Of A Lifetime) [C]
  • Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss [C]

1973.9.12 - BBC 'Bob Harris Show'

  • Be Alright / Chance Of A Lifetime
  • C'tuhlu Thlu
  • The Love In Your Eye

1973.10.5
"For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night" released

Caravan New Symphonia

1973.10.28 - Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London

Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss / The Dog, The Dog He's At It Again / Hoedown [first set, without orchestra] // Introduction / The Love In Your Eye / Mirror For The Day / Virgin On The Ridiculous / For Richard // A Hunting We Shall Go
[with the New Symphonia Orchestra conducted by Martyn Ford]

1973.10.30 - BBC 'Top Gear'

  • Memory Lain, Hugh
  • Headloss
  • A Hunting We Shall Go
(same takes as 1973.8.20 used ?)

Caravan Songs for Oblivion Fishermen
Caravan Show of Our Lives Caravan BBC 1968-1975
Caravan Show Of Our Lives

1974.2.7 - BBC 'John Peel Show' <1> <15>

  • The Love In Your Eye <4>
  • Mirror For The Day
  • For Richard
  • Virgin On The Ridiculous

1974.1.19
"Live With The New Symphonia" released

1974.7.3
Last gig with John G. Perry. His replacement Mike Wedgwood sits in playing congas.

Caravan Fairfield Halls

1974.9.1 - Fairfield Hall, Croydon <10>

Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss / Virgin On The Ridiculous / Be Alright / Chance Of A Lifetime / The Love In Your Eye / L'Auberge Du Sanglier / A Hunting We Shall Go / Pengola / Backwards / A Hunting We Shall Go (Reprise) / The Dog, The Dog, He's At It Again / For Richard / Hoedown

Live at Record Plant

1974.11.10 - Record Plant, Sausalito, CA (USA) [H]

Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss / For Richard / Virgin On The Ridiculous / Be All Right / Chance Of A Lifetime / The Love In Your Eye

A Hunting We Shall Go
Caravan For Penguin Who Hatch In The Polar Night
Caravan HTD Years

1974.11.13 - Ebbettes Field, Denver, Colorado (USA) <16> [C]

A Hunting We Shall Go <14> / For Richard / Hoedown

Caravan BBC Radio 1 Live In Concert
Caravan Show of Our Lives Caravan BBC 1968-1975

1975.3.21 - Paris Theatre, London [BBC 'In Concert'] <11>

(Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss) / The Love In Your Eye / For Richard / The Dabsong Conshirtoe (<15>=short edit) / Hoedown

Caravan Chemical Disease In Town

1975.4.13 - Forum, Leverkusen (Germany) [D]

Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss / The Love In Your Eye / The Dabsong Conshirtoe / For Richard / Hoedown

1975.6
David Sinclair decides to leave to form a band with his cousin Richard, who recently left Hatfield and the North. Rehearsals start with John Murphy on guitar and Les Feast on drums. However Sinclair fulfills prior commitments with Caravan until the end of June.

Caravan Ether Way
Caravan Show of Our Lives Caravan BBC 1968-1975

1975.6.26 - BBC 'John Peel Show' <2>

  • Show Of Our Lives <15>
  • Stuck In A Hole <15>
  • Dabsong Conshirtoe

1975.7
Jan Schelhaas replaces David Sinclair on keyboards.

1975.7.25
"Cunning Stunts" released

Caravan Long Walk Desert
Caravan Show Of Our Lives

1975.8.24 - Reading Festival [E]

  • The Show Of Our Lives <4>
  • Memory Lain, Hugh <4>
  • Headloss <4>
  • The Dabsong Conshirtoe
  • The Love In Your Eye

Caravan Live UK Tour 1975

1975.12.5 - Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham <12>

The Show Of Our Lives / Memory Lain, Hugh / Headloss / The Dabsong Conshirtoe / Virgin On The Ridiculous / Be Alright / Chance Of A Lifetime / The Love In Your Eye / For Richard
[radio broadcast]

1976.4.23
"Blind Dog At St.Dunstans" released

Caravan Surprise Supplies
Caravan Canterbury Everywhere

1976.5.4 - New Victoria Theatre, London <13> [F]

Here Am I / Chiefs And Indians / Can You Hear Me / All The Way / "Oik" suite / The Love In Your Eye
[guest: Jimmy Hastings]

Caravan Ether Way

1976.5.6 - BBC 'John Peel Show' <2>

  • All The Way
  • "Oik" suite

1976.11
"Canterbury Tales" compilation released. A European tour to promote it sees David Sinclair rejoining on a temporary basis, sharing keyboard duties with Jan Schelhaas. Geoff Richardson is initially not to appear due to touring commitments with Quantum Jump in Europe, but eventually does.

1976.12
Mike Wedgwood leaves.

1977.1
Dek Messecar joins on bass.

Caravan Ether Way

1977.5.2 - BBC 'John Peel Show' <2>

  • Behind You
  • The Last Unicorn
  • Better By Far
  • Nightmare

1977.8.26
"Better By Far" released

1977.10.5 - BBC 'Top Gear'

(details unknown)

1978.1
An unusual line-up of Caravan, associating regular members Pye Hastings, Richard Coughlan and Jan Schelhaas with the returning Richard Sinclair, record a series of demos with a view to a second Caravan album on Arista. This doesn't materialise, and Caravan is dropped by Arista. In 1994, Pye Hastings releases his songs from these sessions (the others were penned by either Sinclair or Schelhaas) as the "Cool Water" CD.

1978.4.14
Geoff Richardson leaves.

1978.8
Jan Schelhaas and David Sinclair join Camel for the world tour promoting "Breathless".

last updated: 2018.4.23

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