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3.35 | 65 ratings

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3 stars A nude Camel

There are quite a few Camel live albums on the market (but I can never get enough of Camel live!). The present one was recorded in 1981 (the year I was born) and features a large portion of the (at the time) most recent Camel studio album, Nude. Indeed, with the exception of the first three tracks, this whole live album is dedicated to material from that album. This might seem excessive until one remembers that Nude was a conceptual album telling a story and as such it deserves to be performed in its entirety. It is abbreviated somewhat, but one gets the picture.

The concert opens with Never Let Go from the self-titled debut album, a song that I always have loved. This is a good live version of it with some modern keyboard sounds as opposed to the old school organ sound of the original recording. Next up is Song Within A Song from the Moonmadness album and this one is a real treat as it is not available on many other live recordings. An 11 minute version of the classic Lunar Sea follows before they get nude, sorry get to Nude. The performances are good and the sound too, but I still feel that not much value is added in relation to the studio album.

While overall a very pleasant live release, it is hardly essential in the light of what else there is out there. If Nude is your favourite Camel album, then this live album might be of special interest. Otherwise, there are other live albums and videos that offer a more diverse selection of tracks and even stronger performances. I think that this is primarily aimed at fans and collectors, but it is nonetheless just too good to only receive two stars.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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