Pye Hastings Doubts Use Of Caravan Outtakes
Caravan frontman Pye Hastings regrets the inclusion of outtakes in the deluxe release of classic album In the Land of Grey And Pink.
And while he’s happy with some elements of 2011′s 40th anniversary edition, it might have been a different product if he’d been more involved.
Hastings tells DPRP: “I was consulted about it by Mark Powell and asked if I would like to be involved, and of course I said yes – but that was the last I heard of it until after it was finished.
“I think Mark did a very good job on behalf of Universal Records in researching and putting together the whole project. The presentation and the artwork are great.
“But the addition of the outtakes and different versions, for me, leave something to be desired.
“Executive decisions were made at the time to create what was perceived to be the best combination of songs. To add in different versions of songs, that may well have musical errors or just inferior playing on them, is not something I really welcome.”
Hastings credits Porcupine Tree mainman Steven Wilson with having done a “valiant job” in remixing the tracks, adding he “used a firm hand and a lot of restraint, which clearly shows respect for the original production by David Hitchcock.”
And he accepts: “There are valid reasons for avid fans wanting to hear songs that may have been left off the original because of limitations of space on a vinyl disc.”
He’s currently working on ten songs for the next Caravan album, which may or may not feature material comparable to tracks like For Richard and The Love in Your Eye.
“Wwhen the band start rehearsing we get a better idea of which songs will go well together,” Hastings explains. “We can then start arranging them into more of a Caravan format.
“Although I love the numbers like For Richard, my writing recently has taken me in the direction of shorter and more to-the-point material.
“This does not mean that I am not going to write something along the lines of For Richard – but as it stands they are shorter songs at this time.”
Caravan UK tour, January 2013
08/01: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
09/01: The Junction, Cambridg
10/01: The Robin 2, Wolverhampton
12/01: The Sage, Gateshead
13/01: The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
14/01: The Lowry, Salford Quays
16/01: The Electric Palace, Bridport
17/01: Komedia, Bath
18/01: Tavistock Wharf, Tavistock
19/01: Princess Pavilion, Falmouth