Cunning Stunts is the sixth studio album by the progressive rock band Caravan, released in 1975. It was their first album with the bass guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Mike Wedgwood. Two previous Caravan albums with titles that are also sexual plays on words are If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You (1970) and For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night (1973).
Caravan – Cunning Stunts. Label: Decca – SKL-R 5210. Format: Vinyl, LP, Album. Caravan - Stuck in a Hole 3:09. Caravan - The Show Of Our Lives 5:50. CARAVAN The Dabsong Conshirtoe 14:13. Caravan - Lover (1975) 5:08. Caravan - Welcome the day (Cunning Stunts - 1975) 4:02. Geprijsd/priced sale not on internet by Vinylundercover57.
Caravan enthusiasts intent on including Cunning Stunts in their collections should be aware that the 2001 CD reissue contains a few choice supplementary selections. Chief among these is an unissued take of "Keeping Back My Love" - which would ultimately be reworked three years later on Better by Far (1977). Here the band definitely display signs and sounds of the Caravan of old. For that cut alone, the renovated offering can be sufficiently recommended. The other significant bonus track is a live "For Richard" recorded at Fairfield Hall in Croydon, England.
The Show of Our Lives. Welcome the Day. The Dabsong Conshirtoe. Ben Karratt Rides Again. Sneaking Out the Bare Quare. All Sorts of Unmentionable Things. The Fear and Loathing in Tollington Park Rag. Bonus tracks on the 2001 CD remaster: Stuck in a Hole (single version). Keeping Back My Love (outtake). For Richard (live at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon 1974).
The Caravan album never sold in serious numbers, and for much of 1968 and early 1969, the members were barely able to survive – at one point they were literally living in tents. Out of that chaos, however, the group got a new manager in Terry King and, with the help of a fledgling producer named David Hitchcock (who'd seen the band in concert), a contract with England's Decca Records, which was a major label at the time. They also released a new album, Cunning Stunts, that became their first chart LP, not only in England but also in America (albeit at number 124) and most of Europe as well. Unfortunately, Cunning Stunts, for all of its sales success, was an ending rather than a new beginning – the group parted company with Decca Records after its release.
Cunning Stunts Tracklist.
Cunning Stunts is pretty much a pop album with some light ballads thrown around (oh, and by the way- look at all those tricky images on the album cover. I didn't even notice any of them at first!) Of course the BIGGEST trick of all is the tongue twister that is the name of the album. Yes I believe we all have to stop to make sure we don't pronounce it the wrong way, especially when we're having music discussions with people who may or may not care for that raw type of humor. BAD Caravan for that naughty little trick. Overall, well truth be told this is probably a 4-star album but let's be honest- it can't compete with the first 5 Caravan albums. That's the problem with it overall. It's too straight forward, mainstream, and instrumentally unsatisfying. Still, it's a pretty fine album regardless of the problems. One person found this helpful.
Cunning Stunts is the sixth studio album by the progressive rock band Caravan, released in 1975. Two previous Caravan albums with titles that are also sexual plays on words are If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You and For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night.
|A1||The Show Of Our Lives
Soloist [Guitar] – Geoff*Written-By – Sinclair*, Murphy*
|A2||Stuck In A Hole
Synthesizer [Moog Brass] – Mike*Written-By – Hastings*
Arranged By [Strings] – Mike*Written-By – Wedgwood*
|A4||No Backstage Pass
Arranged By [Strings] – Dave*, Mike*Other [Backing Lyrics By Courtesy Of] – Pastor Music, N.J.Written-By – Hastings*
|A5||Welcome The Day
Written-By – Wedgwood*
|The Dabsong Conshirtoe
Written-By – Sinclair*, Murphy*
|B1a||The Mad Dabsong
Acoustic Guitar – Geoff*
|B1b||Ben Karratt Rides Again|
|B1c||Pro's And Con's
Arranged By [Brass] – Jimmy Hastings, Dave*Conductor [Brass] – Jimmy*
|B1d||Wraiks And Ladders|
|B1e||Sneaking Out The Bare Quare
Arranged By [Brass] – Dave*Arranged By [Brass], Conductor [Brass] – Jimmy*Soloist [Guitar] – Geoff*
|B1f||All Sorts Of Unmentionable Things
Strings [Pulled] – Miles Copeland , Nick Blackburn, Carol Ann Viola [Massed] – Geoff*
|B2||The Fear And Loathing In Tollington Park Rag
Viola [Massed] – Geoff*Written-By – Richardson*
|SKL-R 5210||Caravan||Cunning Stunts (LP, Album)||Decca||SKL-R 5210||UK||1975|
|POCD-1838||Caravan||Cunning Stunts (CD, Album, RE)||Deram||POCD-1838||Japan||1991|
|BTM 5000||Caravan||Cunning Stunts (LP, Album, RP)||BTM Records||BTM 5000||US||1975|
|SKLA-5210||Caravan||Cunning Stunts (LP, Album)||Decca||SKLA-5210||Australia||1975|
|BTM 5000||Caravan||Cunning Stunts (LP, Album)||BTM Records||BTM 5000||US||1975|