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MOONDANCES

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

3.91 | 49 ratings

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Starhammer
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3 stars Soporific live act? It Must Be a Camel.

The recording is taken from two concerts, 1976 at the London Odeon featuring Latimer, Bardens, Ward, Ferguson and Collins, and 1977 at the Hippodrome featuring the same line-up with Sinclair replacing Ferguson on bass.

The Good: Great set list including most of my favourite tracks. The first concert feature two songs from each of Mirage, The Snow Goose and Moonmadness. The sound quality is surprisingly good and has a strong but balanced mix. The second travels further afield harvesting material from the debut as well as the recently release, Rain Dances. The lighting and cameras are more balanced making for easier viewing. Musicianship on both performances is outstanding and singing is spot on.

The Bad: 1976: The camera can be a bit suspect at times, with extended close-ups of Andrew Latimer's face, beautiful though it is, taking precedent over actual instruments. In addition the trippy, video cross-fading is very distracting. Whilst Camel's music is typically mellow, the performance itself is nearly sleep inducing and this is effect if only amplified by the barely existent stage lighting

1977: The production isn't as strong with the keyboards sometimes getting lost in the mix.

The Verdict: Whilst recent recordings are arguably more polished, if you're after 'classic era' Camel then look no further.

Starhammer | 3/5 |

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