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This new 3 CD Re-Mastered Box Set Celebrating The Musical sounds of the so called British “UNDERGROUND” Rock Music Of 1968. featuring tracks by Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Barclay James Harvest, Julie Driscoll, Brain Auger & The Trinity, Spooky Tooth, Traffic, The Move, Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Van Der Graaf Generator, Procul Harum, Genesis, Caravan, Jeff Beck, Pretty Things, The Incredible String Band, Tomorrow.

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of “Revolution – Underground Sounds of 1968”, a 3CD clamshell boxed set celebrating the so-called “underground” rock music 1968, a year that saw huge changes, both musical and social. 1968 was a pivotal year for creativity in British rock, beginning with some influences of psychedelia still present in work by ground-breaking artists such as Pretty Things, Tomorrow, Incredible String Band, Idle Race, Traffic and The Move, but gradually giving way to styles influenced by jazz, blues, folk and more that would eventually become termed as “progressive”, “folk-rock” and “hard” rock, all of which championed by “underground” figures of the day such as DJ John Peel on his BBC Radio One show Top Gear and by publications such as International Times and Oz.The common thread among all of these artists was an emphasis on experimentation and a desire to push the perceived boundaries of popular music. It was also a year that would see the very first record releases by bands that would go on to achieve success and influence in the 1970s such as Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Barclay James Harvest, Genesis, Status Quo, Van Der Graaf Generator and Caravan. Aside from featuring better known acts such as Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Procol Harum and Pentangle, this compilation also features lesser known acts.

Revolution Box

The common thread among all of these artists was an emphasis on experimentation and a desire to push the perceived boundaries of popular music. It was also a year that would see the very first record releases by bands that would go on to achieve success and influence in the 1970s such as Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Barclay James Harvest, Genesis, Status Quo, Van Der Graaf Generator and Caravan. Aside from featuring better known acts such as Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Procol Harum and Pentangle, this compilation also features lesser known acts that produced work of a wide breadth such as Eyes of Blue, Love Sculpture, The Action, Dantalian’s Chariot, Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, Gun, Second Hand, The Moles and Blonde on Blonde.

This collection celebrates a creative period when rock music was evolving into something altogether more serious, moving away from the single as medium to give way to the dominance of the album. Feed your head with Revolution – Underground Sounds of 1968.

Revolution Box Set

reDiscover Caravan’s ‘In The Land Of Grey And Pink’

Caravan’s total of just two weeks on the official UK album chart utterly belies their historical importance to the British rock landscape, and the progressive “Canterbury scene” in particular. In salute to co-founder Pye Hastings, we’re discovering the band’s third album, 1971’s In The Land Of Grey And Pink. 

Perhaps the best-known LP by the English outfit and seen by many as their finest recording, Grey and Pink arrived some three years after Caravan came into being. They were formed by musicians who’d all played, at varying times, with Wilde Flowers, also the basis of Soft Machine. Hastings set off on this new adventure with Dave Sinclair, his cousin Richard and Richard Coughlan.

An early US deal with the Verve label led to their first, self-titled album, but proved something of a false dawn. As they built their live reputation, Caravan won a second deal with Decca Records, who released 1970’s If I Could Do It All Over Again, I’d Do It All Over YouThen came the sessions at both Decca and the new AIR Studios that produced In The Land Of Grey And Pinkwhich proved to be the last album by this line-up until 1982.

Hastings was less prominent on this release than its predecessors, with Richard Sinclair taking the majority of the lead vocals, including on his opening composition ‘Golf Girl.’ Pye’s lighter vocal touch was the lead for the whimsical ‘Love To Love You (And Tonight Pigs Will Fly).’ But it was the episodic, 22-minute ‘Nine Feet Underground,’ which formed the whole of side two of the LP, which came to represent the height of Caravan’s free-spirited sonic experimentation and their highly individual marriage of folk, jazz and rock elements.

The album often exuded a poppy feel, with a piccolo solo on ‘Golf Girl’ by Pye’s brother, fellow Canterbury alumnus Jimmy Hastings. The track was on the b-side of the single released in February 1971, led by ‘Love To Love You.’ The album followed in April on Decca’s Deram label, with a gatefold sleeve featuring Anne-Marie Anderson’s memorably Tolkienesque illustration.

The album missed the UK chart, but went on to become Caravan’s bestselling release, and has always remained in catalogue. In 2011, the record’s 40th anniversary was marked with a deluxe reissue. The original multi-track session and album masters were revisited by modern-day progressive music figurehead Steven Wilson, who completed new stereo and 5.1 surround sound mixes.  

More recently, after many years of talk about a solo project for Hastings, he started a successful PledgeMusic campaign to fund his first album in his own name, From The Half Housereleased in the summer of 2017.

Richard Sinclair – bass guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals Pye Hastings – electric guitars, acoustic guitar, vocals David Sinclair – organ, piano, Mellotron, harmony vocals Richard Coughlan – drums and percussion All songs by Richard Coughlan, Pye Hastings, Dave Sinclair and Richard Sinclair (except “Aristocracy”, by Coughlan, Hastings and Richard Sinclair)