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THE SNOW GOOSE

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.27 | 1525 ratings

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ProgHappy
5 stars 4.6 No band of today could ever match the resplendence of the magnificent CAMEL.

With this majestic concept album, CAMEL had really found their quite unique sound, after the amazing, yet quite inconsistent 'Mirage'. Although I prefer 'Moonmadness', the structure and musical wizardry of the album still stands to amaze. From 'The Great Marsh' to 'The Great Marsh (pt2)' there is not one mistake made by any of the four members. The piano fits perfectly, bass lines are always faultless, Latimer produces some very warm guitar and the amazing yet very overlooked Ward furnishes some virtuoso rolls and crashes.

Being fully instrumental (apart from some 'dah's' in 'Migration' and 'Preparation'), CAMEL's genius is altogether expressed through their variant atmospheric harmonisations. Rhayader is an amazing track, and one of the best recordings in Symphonic Prog. Of course, Symphonic Prog is ever enhanced by the presence of flute, and Andrew Latimer has to be a culpable expert. Pete Barden's aptitude is clearly displayed in 'Frith Alone', a quite exquisite piano piece.

This album is extremely consistent, each track flows seamlessly into the next. Not the best place to begin your CAMEL adventure, but, without a doubt, no Progressive Rock collection would be complete without this exceptional example of conceptual music. Do not miss out.

George Evans, UK.

ProgHappy | 5/5 |

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