Blind Dog At St. Dunstans

Artist: Caravan
Label: Arista
Catalog#: AL 4088
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1976
A1 Here Am I 6:19
A2 Chiefs And Indians 5:17

Saxophone - Jimmy Hastings
Written-By - Mike Wedgwood

A3 A Very Smelly, Grubby Little Oik 4:13
A4 Bobbing Wide 2:31

Flute - Geoffrey Richardson

A5 Come On Back 3:57

Saxophone [Tenor], Clarinet - Jimmy Hastings

A6 Oik (Reprise) 2:27

Backing Vocals - Chanter Sisters

B1 Jack And Jill 6:28
B2 Can You Hear Me? 6:21
B3 All The Way (With John Wayne's Single-Handed Liberation Of Paris) 8:59

Saxophone [Alto], Flute - Jimmy Hastings


Bass, Congas, Vocals - Mike Wedgwood
Drums - Richard Coughlan
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals - Pye Hastings
Engineer - John Punter
Engineer - Phil Ault
Engineer [Assistant & Phasing] - Steve Prestage
Engineer [Assistant] - Barry Sage
Engineer [Assistant] - Dave Hutchins
Engineer [Assistant] - Robert Ash
Piano, Electric Piano, Organ, Synthesizer, Clavinet [D6] - Jan Schelhaas
Producer - David Hitchcock
Viola, Electric Guitar, Flute, Whistle [Night-shift] - Geoffrey Richardson


Backing tracks recorded at Basing Street Studios, London.
Overdubs recorded at Graveny Village Hall, Kent with the Manor Mobile.
Mixed at AIR Recording Studios, London

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
With new keyboardist Jan Schelhaas, Caravan-now consisting of Schelhaas, Pye Hastings, Richard Coughlan, Geoffrey Richardson and Mike Wedgwood-signed to Miles Copeland’s BTM label and entered the studio with David Hitchcock to record their seventh studio album, Blind Dog At St. Dunstans. The title is a nod to the once Archbishop of Canterbury-named charity for blind veterans. In perfect Caravan fashion, the lively “Here Am I” opens the album, followed by the Wedgwood-sung “Chiefs and Indians.” Both are potent rockers, filled with infectious melody, rich vocal harmonies and exceptional execution by the band. Though marked as individual tracks, the next set of songs, from “A Very Smelly, Grubby Little Oik” through to “Oik (Reprise),” work as the “big piece” of Caravan music on the album. Hastings voice is as pleasant as ever, and even Jimmy Hastings adds some horns to the light-hearted stomper “Come on Back.” Guided by Wedgwood’s bass, “Jack and Jill” attempts at a funk groove but mostly fails, while “Can You Hear Me?” suffers from Schelhaas’s busy keyboards. The closing track “All the Way” is lighthearted but also lightweight. Despite a strong opening, the album fades by the end. Remarkably, it sold well enough, again rising to No. 53 in the UK charts. Wedgwood then quit the band for a solo career, with Dek Messecar replacing him. Lineup changes would cause further upheaval, including the return and departure (again) of both Sinclairs! Nonetheless, Caravan went on to record a few more albums for Arista and Terry King’s Kingdom label, well into the early 80s—though, with each release, they went in an increasingly less interesting direction.
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