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2.49 | 13 ratings

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2 stars This is the second review: Martin V. gives valid reasons why this cheapie compilation is only worth 2*, but I try to add some positive view. I bought this in '01 just to have a Camel CD compilation (I have most of my Camel taped). The track list is far from perfect but I figured it would satisfy my purpose with a low price. First thing to do was give it a better cover art...

There's only one track that I can't stand: 'Remote Romance', probably the worst ever Camel song. All in all the emphasis is in non-proggy pop side, but I just wanted to have something from every album up to '84 to accompany my tapings. And there are some goodies too; it has value to be played with track programming. I do have some sympathy for this despite its faults.

Let's see in chronological order: live version of the debut's 'Never Let Go'; 'Supertwister' (from Mirage); 'Rhayader/Rhayader Goes to Town' (Snow Goose); 'Another Night' and 'Lunar Sea' live (Moonmadness). Not so bad this far. After that, getting poorer. Chosen songs from '77 to '84 really don't give the best picture.'You Are The One' from Single Factor and 'Cloak & Dagger Man' from Stationary Traveller are cheap commercial efforts, but 'Beached' and 'Fingertips' are better examples of 80's output. 'Please Come Home' is a strange choice; that miniature song only makes a narrative chapter in the concept of Nude. Anyway, if you're not allergic to more commercial side of Camel this can be OK low-price thing. If you want a 'serious' Camel compilation, try 2CD Echoes.

Matti | 2/5 |


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