Cunning Stunts (Caravan album)

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. The title of the album is a spoonerism for "Stunning Cunts", which is typical of their cheeky use of language. Three previous Caravan albums with titles that are also sexual plays on words[citation needed] are If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You (1970), In the Land of Grey and Pink (1971) and For Girls Who Grow Plump in the Night (1973).

Cunning Stunts
Caravan - Cunning Stunts.jpg
Studio album by
Released25 July 1975
RecordedSeptember 1974 - May 1975
GenreProgressive rock, Canterbury scene
Length41:47
LabelDecca
ProducerDavid Hitchcock
Caravan chronology
Caravan and the New Symphonia
(1974)
Cunning Stunts
(1975)
Blind Dog at St. Dunstans
(1976)

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic      [1]

AllMusic described it as "a solid, varied, and interesting album with plenty of character."[1]

Track listingEdit

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Show of Our Lives"John Murphy, Dave Sinclair5:47
2."Stuck in a Hole"Pye Hastings3:09
3."Lover"Mike Wedgwood5:06
4."No Backstage Pass"Pye Hastings4:34
5."Welcome the Day"Mike Wedgwood4:01
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Dabsong Conshirtoe"
  • a)  "The Mad Dabsong"
  • b)  "Ben Karratt Rides Again"
  • c)  "Pro's and Con's"
  • d)  "Wraiks and Ladders"
  • e)  "Sneaking out the Bare Quare"
  • f)  "All Sorts of Unmentionable Things"
John Murphy, Dave Sinclair18:00
  • 2:15
  • 2:42
  • 2:29
  • 0:58
  • 4:25
  • 5:11
  • 2."Fear and Loathing in Tollington Park Rag"Geoffrey Richardson1:10
    Bonus tracks
    No.TitleWriter(s)Length
    1."Stuck in a Hole" (single version)Pye Hastings3:10
    2."Keeping Back My Love"Pye Hastings5:14
    3."For Richard"Richard Coughlan, Hastings, Sinclair, Richard Sinclair18:34

    Personnel[2]Edit

    Caravan
    Additional personnel

    Chart performanceEdit

    In the USA, the album peaked #124 in the Billboard 200 album charts in 1975.[1]

    ReferencesEdit

    1. ^ a b c Planer, Lindsay. Cunning Stunts at AllMusic
    2. ^ Caravan - Cunning Stunts (1975) Vinyl LP [cover notes].

    External linksEdit

    • Caravan - Cunning Stunts (1975) album review by Lindsay Planer, credits & releases at AllMusic.com
    • Caravan - Cunning Stunts (1975) album releases & credits at Discogs.com
    • Caravan - Cunning Stunts (1975) album credits & user reviews at ProgArchives.com
    • Caravan - Cunning Stunts (1975) album review at Calyx: the Canterbury Music Website
    • Caravan - Cunning Stunts (1975) album to be listened as stream at Play.Spotify.com
    • Eric, Grey. "Where but for Caravan Would I? No. 6" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 17, 2007. Retrieved July 15, 2007.