If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You

If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You is the second album by Canterbury Scene band Caravan, released in September 1970. It was the predecessor to their best-known album In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971). The album is representative of the Canterbury scene genre featuring representative organ solos and melodic vocals typical of the band's style. The album was released on Decca Records, as was the title track as a single release.

If I Could Do It All Over Again,
I'd Do It All Over You
Studio album by
Released4 September 1970
RecordedFebruary 1970
StudioTangerine Studios, Dalston, London
GenreProgressive rock, Canterbury scene
Length47:40
LabelDecca
ProducerTerry King
Caravan chronology
Caravan
(1969)
If I Could Do It All Over Again,
I'd Do It All Over You

(1970)
In the Land of Grey and Pink
(1971)

Background

Caravan had released their debut album, Caravan in 1969, achieving some live success and had appeared on UK and German television in early 1969. Unfortunately, their label, Verve Records shut down their British operations and dropped the band. Guitarist Pye Hastings later recalled "that situation really left us in limbo".[1] The band regrouped and continued performing live, eventually finding a manager Terry King. David Hitchcock, an employee of Decca Records' art department, saw the band perform at the London Lyceum and recommend that his boss, Hugh Mendl sign them.[2]

Sessions for the album started at Tangerine Studios on Balls Pond Road, Dalston, London in September 1969, with the band self-producing and Robin Sylvester engineering. Hastings recalled this caused problems, as every member of the band wanted their instrument to be louder than the others. The band recorded a few tracks, but these were abandoned while the band went out on tour, having become popular on the university circuit in Britain and Europe.[3] They eventually regrouped in February the following year[4] and recorded the songs on the album mostly live onto 8-track tape. The highlight of the sessions was a fourteen-minute jazz-rock piece assembled from various sections contributed by the band, called "For Richard".[5] Keyboardist David Sinclair composed the basic structure, while bassist Richard Sinclair wrote the main tune. Hastings invited his brother Jimmy to guest on saxophone and flute, which would become a regular feature of Caravan's studio work.[6]

The album title and title of the title track is a quote often attributed to Spike Milligan but equally possibly deriving from a bootlegged Bob Dylan song "All Over You" ("Well, if I had to do it all over again/Babe, I’d do it all over you"), later released on The Bootleg Series, Vol 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964.

The cover was shot in Holland Park, London and was photographed by David Jupe.[6]

Release and reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[7]

"Hello Hello", backed with the title track, was released as a single in August 1970, which led to an appearance on the BBC's Top of the Pops.[7] The album was released the following month in the UK, and in March 1971 in the US.[8] According to AllMusic, "If I Could Do It All Over Again contains significant progressions over the first album."[7]

"For Richard" became a staple of live Caravan shows and was typically heard as the set closer.[5] A fully orchestrated, live version can be heard on the 1974 release Caravan and the New Symphonia.

The CD was remastered in 2001, with the addition of bonus tracks, including the abandoned September 1969 sessions, and the out-take "A Day in the Life of Maurice Haylett", written about the band's road manager.[9]

Track listing

All songs by Richard Coughlan, Pye Hastings, Richard Sinclair and Dave Sinclair.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You"3:07
2."And I Wish I Were Stoned / Don't Worry"8:20
3."As I Feel I Die"5:06
4."With an Ear to the Ground / You Can Make It / Martinian / Only Cox / Reprise"9:54
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Hello Hello"3:45
2."Asforteri 25"1:21
3."Can't Be Long Now / Françoise / For Richard / Warlock"14:21
4."Limits"1:35
Bonus tracks on 2001 CD rerelease

Personnel

Caravan
Additional personnel

References

Citations

  1. Powell 2001, p. 3.
  2. Powell 2001, p. 4.
  3. Powell 2001, p. 5.
  4. Powell 2001, p. 6.
  5. Powell 2001, p. 7.
  6. Powell 2001, p. 8.
  7. Planer, Lindsay. "If I Could Do It All Over Again I'd Do It All Over You – Caravan | AllMusic". AllMusic.com. Retrieved 23 June 2011.
  8. Powell 2001, p. 9.
  9. Powell 2001, p. 2.
  10. Out-take
  11. Demo version, previously unreleased
  12. Powell 2001, p. 12.

Sources

  • Powell, Mark (2001). If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You (Media notes). Universal / Decca. 8829682.
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