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4 stars Camel - Moonmadness (1976)

This is one of the best Camel album featuring some of their most memorable compositions. Latimer's solo's are perfect, the keys are subtle and professional, the bass acceptable and the drums good. The vocals of Latimer aren't the best around, but they soot the sound of the band and make me feel at home. I tend to like vocalist that aren't that good, but just do their best.

The synthesizer intro Aristilus is a bit dated, but the compositions is good. Song within a song is one of my favourite Camel tracks. It's couplet theme is so strong, it's spacey and sad and expresses a feeling of loneliness and acceptance. While the song is not to be seen as a compositional breakthrough, the impact still is very big. Chord Change is an instrumental track that reminds a bit of the instrumental parts of the debutalbum. It is enjoyable throughout, but again not very ground-braking. Spirit of the Water is mini-masterpiece. A very nice melodic/harmonic track with drowsy vocals by Latimer. The track has been perfected on the later live album Coming of Age, but on the album it is also very powerful. On side two Another Night shows the rougher side of Camel with a serious rock track with catchy melodies with an hypnotising edge to it (for me). Air Born is another great track with the known Camel elements. The album closes with the nine minutes version of Lunar Sea, on of the big live tracks of the band. The track keeps my attention for nine minutes long, but is also suitable as a warm background track. The guitar and key interplay in the track is magnificent and the rhythmical section is very strong here. The main feature of the song is however the vibe that is very special and unique. The underwater/spacey sound of the song makes it very adorable and suitable for an intensive live concert.

Conclusion. A great Camel record with enough moments of brilliance to be a mentioned when talking about classics like Mirage and the Snow Goose. I would not call it essential prog, but this is surely an excellent addition to your collection! Four stars! Musthave for fans of the band and the symphonic genre.

friso | 4/5 |


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