Waterloo Lily

Artist: Caravan
Label: London Records
Catalog#: XPS 615
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1972-04
A1 Waterloo Lilly  
A2a Nothing At All  
A2b It's Coming Soon  
A2c Nothing At All (Reprise)  
A3 Songs And Signs  
B1 Aristocracy  
B2a The Love In Your Eye  
B2b To Catch Me A Brother  
B2c Subsultus  
B2d Debouchement  
B2e Tilbury Kecks  
B3 The World Is Yours  

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Pye Hastings
Arranged By [Strings] - Colin Frechter
Artwork By [Outside Sleeve Illustration] - William Hogarth
Bass Guitar - Richard Sinclair
Design [Inside Sleeve Design And Illustration] - David Anstey
Design [Outside Sleeve Design] - ROC Advertising
Drums, Percussion - Richard Coughlan
Engineer - Dave Grinsted
Engineer [Assistant] - David Baker
Engineer [Assistant] - Kevin Fuller
Flute, Tenor Saxophone - Jimmy Hastings
Lead Guitar [2nd] - Phil Miller
Lead Vocals - Pye Hastings
Lead Vocals - Richard Sinclair
Oboe - Barry Robinson
Photography - David Wedgbury
Piano, Electric Piano, Harpsichord [Electric], Organ - Steve Miller
Producer - David Hitchcock
Soprano Saxophone - Lol Coxhill
Written-By - Pye Hastings
Written-By - Richard Coughlan
Written-By - Richard Sinclair
Written-By - Steve Miller


Original US pressing on blue London label, brown gatefold cover.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Caravan's fourth album was a bit of a departure: Richard Sinclair brought in new keyboard player Steve Miller, previously in Delivery, to "jazz" up the Caravan sound. "Waterloo Lily," a song about a heavy-set hooker, would be one of the last songs Sinclair would sing with the band. It's a simple number, but Miller's extended electric piano solo signals the change. The next track, "Nothing at All," is extremely out of character for the band; not to its discredit though, some strong soloing by guitarist Phil Miller (Steve's brother) and saxophonist Lol Coxhill grace the number. Miller's "It's Coming Soon" is similarly blues-based. The second side is bookended by some more conventional Caravan numbers, but its highlight is the lengthy "The Love in Your Eye." In the tradition of the "For Richard" suite, the track has several instrumental sections that flow together effortlessly; and, as to be expected, some more fine soloing from the band as well. Producer David Hitchcock suggested the string accompaniment; and fortunately, Decca anted up. The album remains a somewhat controversial entry in the Caravan catalog, but is nonetheless veritable. The band toured the UK in the late spring, but both Miller and Sinclair would leave the band thereafter. A short-lived lineup with Derek Austin on keyboards and Stuart Evans on bass toured Australia and New Zealand in early 1973, though the band was unable to complete a new album before they members moved on as well.
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