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Camel - The Opening Farewell - Live At The Catalyst (DVD) CD (album) cover




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4.40 | 78 ratings

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4 stars A must-have, regarding the recent events which have characterized the life of Andie Latimer, whose title- "The Opening Farewell"- is emblematic: a collection of famous immortal tracks like the sensible "Ice" or the intelligent "Spirit of Water" (regardless the fantastic "Lunar Sea" from "Moodmadness" and "Mother Road" from "Dust and Dreams") and a few less famous tunes, such as "Slow Yourself Down", "Another Night" or "For today"...a famous gig held at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz- California it was- and actually the opener of a successful (as I hoped in it) Tour 2010, in which Camel performed also "A Fox Hill", here not present unfortunately...but coming back to the set list, you will remain enthusiast in front of "Lady Fantasy" and of course will feel nostalgia for some sensible songs like "Unevensong", "Hymm to her" or "Echoes", just to mention the classics and finally still loving the flute and the guitar excursions too, regarding "Rhayader"/Rhayader Goes To Town" (from "The Snow Goose" naturally), after all: here Tom Brislin (already present in the "Yessymphonic Tour) is excellent at the keyboards, but also the other musicians support Andie in a magnificent way!! If this was the "Farewell Tour", for me it's very sad!! Camel is among the bands which gave an important contribution to my artistic path...this live is an important document, coupled with the fantastic gig of "Coming of Age" and aligned with the artistic contribution of the early eighties at the time of "Live Pressure" (dated 1984, if I'm not wrong...), talking about the recording quality and the choice of the songs (even though I don't like "Stationary Traveller" very much, but nevermind...). In spite of my considerations above, I forgive them for "erasing" a lot of gems from "Harbour of Tears" to "Dust and Dreams", but actually it's a minor defect, cause the present live is well worth checking out and I hope that all the new fans will buy it!
lor68 | 4/5 |


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