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3.57 | 731 ratings

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3 stars With this album, Richard Sinclair (bass, vocals) formerly of Caravan joins the fray. Sinclair, recruited in response to the departure of Doug Ferguson, brings new sounds to the band. The result is more concise material, with more pop-oriented songs as well as an increased degree of jazz flavor on some tracks. Bardens, present long enough after the departure of Ferguson to be involved in most of the writing on this recording is conspicuously absent in the liner picture as well as on the recorded music. There are many, including myself, that feel that the material on this Camel project would have benefited from Bardens' keyboard colorings and this recording, while pretty good, lacks much for fans who view the original lineup as its best. The result, therefore leaves this reviewer with the sense that something is missing, and it was. It rates about 3.5 out of 5 stars.


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