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The Caravans - Get a Head (2011)

The Caravans - Get a Head (2011)

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The Caravans - Get a Head (2011)
Video: PAL, MPEG2 Video at 6.720 Kbps, 720 x 576 (1.333) at 25.000 fps | Audio: AC-3 2 channels at 192 Kbps, 48.0 KHz
Genre: Rockabilly | Label: Raucous Records | Copy: Untouched | Runtime: 57 min. | 2,79 Gb


This musical release from psychobilly band The Caravans captures a live performance

recorded at The Charlotte in Leicester, andThe Caravans - Get a Head (2011) features popular songs like "More Whiskey", "Princess

of Darkness", and "Worthless Weekend Clique". During the period stretching from the late '50s to the

mid-'60s, the Caravans went unrivaled as the nation's most popular touring gospel group; acclaimed

as one of the greatest female acts ever to arrive on the spiritual music front, their fluctuating roster

was unparalleled as a launching pad for future superstars - Shirley Caesar, Inez Andrews, Bessie

Griffin and James Cleveland were just a few of the ensemble's alumni who later went on to solo fame.

The Caravans were formed in Chicago in 1952 by contralto Albertina Walker and other onetime

members of the Robert Anderson Singers, among them Ora Lee Hopkins, Elyse Yancey and Nellie

Grace Daniels; virtually from the outset, their lineup shifted regularly, but in addition to longtime

mainstay Walker, the recordings the group made for the States label between 1952 and 1956 include

Griffin, Dorothy Norwood and Cassietta George, who enlisted in 1954. Also present was Cleveland,

who not only accompanied the group on piano but also narrated hymns, his relaxed monologues a

stark contrast to the fervent group vocals behind him.

By 1956, the Caravans were among the most popular acts in all of gospel music, famed for their

uncanny - almost telepathic - teamwork. They moved to Savoy in 1958, where their lineup now

included both Andrews and Caesar as well as Dolores Washington; the combination of the young

soprano phenom Caesar and the shrieking contralto Andrews was a powerhouse one-two punch, and

as the decade drew to a close, the Caravans were the queens of the gospel circuit.

Although Andrews had exited by 1962, the group continued to ride high, signing to Vee-Jay to record

the LP Seek Ye the Lord. Their Vee-Jay tenure proved their most stable, with a consistent roster of

Walker, Caesar, George, Washington, Josephine Howard and pianist James Herndon appearing on all

of their output for the label. However, when Caesar exited in 1966 to go solo, the Caravans' run at the

top ended, and within months only Walker remained. She set about forming a new edition which

included future disco diva Loleatta Holloway, but the venture proved short-lived; Caravans reunion

concerts, however, were common in the years to follow.

01. That's the Way it Is [3:04]
02. Get a Head [2:14]
03. Miracle [3:17]
04. Sign on the Dotted Line [3:02]
05. Dinosaurs Will Die [2:46]
06. Condesension [2:34]
07. Midnite Train [3:04]
08. Gonna Love Ya [2:28]
09. Ol' River Blues [2:15]
10. Worthless Weekend Clique [2:32]
11. Psychobilly Rockstar [3:31]
12. Dirty Little Town [3:20]
13. Restless Heart [3:09]
14. Blues Train [4:58]
15. More Whiskey [3:59]
16. Rough Diamond [4:39]
17. Lost Love Blues [1:56]
18. Princess of Darkness [3:29]





The album code is : ODI195424

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