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Released in 1992--precisely 20 years after its recording date--Camel On The Road 1972 is part of the "Official Bootleg" Camel On The Road-series that also includes two other archival live releases in Camel On The Road 1982 (released in 1994) and Camel On The Road 1981 (released in 1997). The present disc captures Camel in live performance in 1972, even before the release of their first studio album. Hearing it now proves that Camel was already a band to be reckoned with on stage before they put their brilliant music to record. This disc allows the listener a rare and valuable glimpse into the earliest days of Camel.

Included is one song (Six Ate) that would be recorded for the self-titled debut in 1973 and two songs that eventually would end up on the band's second studio album, Mirage. It is interesting that the latter two songs (Lady Fantasy and White Rider) go back as far as 1972 even though they didn't appear on a studio album until 1974. The fourth and final number featured here is God Of Light Revisited which is a song that originally appeared on Peter Bardens first solo album The Answer in 1970. This jam-like piece was performed live by Camel in their early days, but has never been re-recorded in the studio by the band.

Even though there are only four tracks, the disc contains just over 44 minutes of superb music. Some reviewers have complained about the sound quality, but I think that it is more than acceptable. The performances are lively and energetic and I enjoy every minute.

This, the best and most interesting of the three entries in the Camel On The Road-series, is an excellent addition to Camel's early albums.

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |


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