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A LIVE RECORD

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.27 | 303 ratings

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Starhammer
Prog Reviewer
4 stars Two humps are better than one...

Reviewing the 2002 CD re-issue with bonus tracks.

The Good: Great setlist, great performances, solid production, pretty much all you could ask for really. Songs from Mirage, Moonmadness and Raindances make up the first disc and The Snow Goose is performed in its entireity on the second disc, with The White Rider and Another Night tagged on to the end. Whilst I usually find The Snow Goose to be slightly tame and just a bit bland, this version, with the addition of live orchestra and subtle improvisation make it a more enjoyable experience than its studio counterpart.

The Bad: Hearing tracks taken from different studio albums all grouped together makes me realise how formulaic the structure of Camel's compositions can be. In addition the Lady Fantasy guitar solo was another lukewarm anti-climax, I have yet to hear a live recording which manages to captures the fuse-blowing energy of the studio version.

The Verdict: If you want Camel and you want them live then look no further.

Starhammer | 4/5 |

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