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5 stars this review for LP edition of Moonmadness....

Moonmadness is Camel's forth album and last one with Doug Ferguson. There is a fantastic music and atmosphere in this album. I read some listeners comment regarding Latimer's vocals , this is very subjective manner for me and I really liked what I hear and fits the album which reflects his natural voice to entire album with very natural way.

A side of the album opens and ends with very short songs. Is it possible to create such a great song and merge in 2 min ? Yes, it is.

Album starts with short "Aristillus" (Latimer), an instrumental and spacey opening. Shocking.

"A Song Within a Song" (Latimer, Bardens) starts with a flute part, then a guitar riff takes you into a circle. And it finishes with gliding keyboard section. What a built-up.

"Chord Change" (Latimer, Bardens) another instrumental song, cools down dramatically and great guitar playing here. Less is more.

"Spirit of Water" (Bardens), great piano atmosphere and great lyrics. Last song of A side but nothing stops the river as it goes.

B side has three songs

"Another Night" (Latimer, Bardens, Ward, Ferguson) Very nice start and guitar riff. A rock tune and a catchy melody. Very nice Keyboard solo followed by well-done guitar solo. A song composed by all camel members.

"Air Born" (Latimer, Bardens) is my favorite in this album. I can turn it again and again. Great lyrics and great atmosphere or may be mellotron is something great on its own!

"Lunar Sea" (Latimer, Bardens), is last song of the album . After the "air born " , it is like it wakes you up from a dream, or may be you really learned how to fly. It is instrumental, spacey and juzz-fusion style. Remarkable groove and a masterpiece. If you need to make a guess in a pure progressive rock album, masterpiece is usually the longest one. But it is not as it is long, as it is progressing.

This is the last album of Camel's early era. Later, Doug Ferguson leaves the band, and replaced by Richard Sinclair. This album is a prog rock masterpiece and highly recommended .

Octane | 5/5 |


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