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the puppeteer
5 stars 'Energic, Romantic, and most of all, it ROCKS'

What a great album! probably one of the best second album of all time!(for a prog band) For me, this is a well deserved five star! OK, first of all, Camel as found their sound on this album. A unique, well crafted sound. you can see their love for long instrumental songs and jamm. All the instrument shine on this album. It is very a band(not to confuse for 'bad!) album ( the 'lady fantasy' being composed by all the members of the band show what those guys were able to do together) and you can feel that every musicians had found their own sound. I see this as a chimera between a sabbath album, a genesis album and a caravan album! call me stupid but think of it will you listen to 'freefall' and the last part of 'Lady Fantasy'.

Being a five star album means that all the songs on this album are perfect, so they deserve all the same intention

-Freefall: Great, great great opener. one of the best opener I've heard on a camel album, in fact! it brings all the intensity of hard rock into a Canterbury-like prog song! Nothing short of groovy and bloody hard rocking!

-Supertwister: this one as a great jazzy feel to it.Being one of the two instrumental on this album, it those a great job for a transition between the killer opener and the next epic

-Nimrodel-The procession-The white ride: the first epic of the album, surely not as intense and tragic as 'lady Fantasy', but still a good one. This song is about Tolkien's Lord of the rings and you can feel that from the very beginning of the song. The intro is very atmospheric, calm and pretty. The vocals are a bit hard to love at first sight but they suit the music very well. You can also hear / wonderful Latimer was (and still is) on flute and on guitar. the jam section known as 'the procession' is one of the best instrumental jam Camel ever done. great solos by Bardens, funky bass by Ferguson and intricate drumming by Ward. The last part is there to let the guitar shine. What a solo! it goes on and on till the song is over

-Earthrise: If Camel is good for one thing, is for instrumental songs. You can already tell that if you've listened to the 'snow gooze'. Special mention fact, a special mention is well deserved for ALL the instrument in this song. from the funky guitar to the weird soloing keyboard. I specially LOVE the fast and complex rhythm section of this song. I love the fact that it's placed just before the end of the album, you know, just before that unknown song, 'Lady Fantasy'! it as all my intention every time I listen to it. a great 7 min instrumental songs that go beyond the simple transition role.

-Lady Fantasy: you can tell from the very beginning that this is why camel is so respected in the prog rock community. Maybe not as genesis or yes, but they deserved all the attention they got, and this songs is responsible for a lot of it. the intro is fantastic, all the section flows well into each others and the solos part at the end is simply jaw dropping. You can either trash or simply cry on this one. The guys were just on fire! it goes along Close to the edge, Starless, Fifth of firth, Echoes and Sorona to be one of my all time favorite prog song.

Simply a classic. you need this one. and the best of all is that it's also a great start for new camel fan!

the puppeteer | 5/5 |


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