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3 stars Well this is one of the most important historical documents concerning such "Golden Era" (1973-75) of Camel's long career!!"Arubaluba" is the unusual track never published before within an Official Live album and contains such an interesting jam-session; therefore the presence of a classic melodic mini-suite like "Lady Fantasy" is a natural "purpose" for all the fans of Camel; as well as the excerpts from their most famous suite "The Snow Goose" are regarded always like other must-have numbers...nevertheless the production is not exceptional, but this is anyway an important document,a sort of Camel's biography of the early seventies, which can be almost erased only by the fantastic live album "A Live record". But of course the production of this latter -dated 1978- represents the best live issue ever produced and contains the best version of "The Snow Goose... so you can't compare it to the early live performances by Camel !!

Not the best album by Camel, but anyway it's important to collect it, if you are naturally a fan of this "immortal" band!!

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Posted Wednesday, April 28, 2004 | Review Permalink
Chris S
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4 stars Great to have this classic live set put out on CD after all the bootleg hype. Gods of Light alone makes this acquisition worthwhile. A rather awkward pressing though not liking some of the CD drives I have put it in!
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Posted Thursday, July 1, 2004 | Review Permalink
4 stars Recorded back in 1973-75 and although did appear previously in the market as an Italian bootleg titled "Famous Rock Dreams" has been cleaned up and kindly re-mastered. This live snippet from the early days of CAMEL perfectly showcases the strengths and talents of this band. All 5 tracks on this recording are killer CAMEL with the "Snow Goose" clicking in over 27 minutes and having been lifted from a BBC Radio One recording, In Concert 1975. The cool thing about this is that there is no orchestra and you get a live in studio rendition of this prog masterpiece by the 4 members. Without a question the combo of Andy Latimer and Peter Bardens were something special and you can hear this musically in their approach and tight interplay. These early tracks also reveal a slightly rawer more instrumental based sound and a slightly more playful side. I would say that this CD is a great addition to any CAMEL fan from today and yesterday.
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Posted Sunday, April 3, 2005 | Review Permalink
5 stars This album is an outstanding full time jam session, with an amazing and colourfull sound quality! Those two suites "God of lights revisited" and "excerpts from the snow goose" are brilliant, they really know a way to get things match! "Arubaluba" very well executed with a lot of energy package, the final theme have a so powerfull synth that makes me wonder! "Lady Fantasy" executed with prime arrengments and "White rider" with a really good guitar's tune selection on the last theme! I have to tell about the proeminence of the drummer Andy Ward, reminds that he have just 18 - 20 years old when this tracks was recorded. A really prodigy! Do you never hear that? you should! you really should! the camel finnest!
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Posted Monday, December 12, 2005 | Review Permalink
4 stars This live album is partially very similar to their "official boot" one : "On The Road 1972". Three songs were already featured but in different versions : "Gods Of Light Revisited" is longer here and more structured, "White Rider" is smoothly played and it's a very emotional moment, and finally "Lady Fantasy" of which the finale is really great. Each version is superior here compared to "OnThe Road 1972".

The first difference is "Arubaluba" which replaces "Six Ate". It is also a better choice. This rendition is absolutely WILD. Sounds almost as an early Floyd live track (67 - 68 period).

The real bonus here is the twenty-seven minutes medley for "Snow Goose". This almost complete suite is an even better choice than a full rendition. In my review for the studio work, I mentioned that it was a bit too monotonous, so we avoid this with this "shorter" version.

This live version is rawer, more interesting thanks to its harder attack. I even prefer this version to the one available on the remastered "A Live Record" with the London Symphonic Orchestra. It's the best I've heard actually.

It is a very good representation of their early days' live performances. Camel sounded even psyche at times ("Gods Of Light", "White Rider" and "Arubaluba" are good examples). The sound of this recording is really good (specially during "Snow Goose").

Since I rated "On The Road 1972" three stars and that this one is definitely better, I will rate it four stars. I just wonder why it took Camel so long to release this one ?

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Posted Thursday, February 15, 2007 | Review Permalink
Mellotron Storm
4 stars 4.5 stars. I'm a little shocked not only at how good this live album is, but how much it doesn't sound like CAMEL at times. It features the classic lineup and live performances from 1973- 1975. Apparently this was a double live bootleg from Italy so the band decided to re-master it and make it a legit release. I have to agree with ZowieZiggy when he asks why did it take so long to release this ? The guys really let loose here with some aggressive playing.Then there's the Psychedelic passages and spacey synths.This is stuff i've never heard CAMEL do before.This is so cool !

"God Of Light Revisited" opens in a spacy / psychedelic manner with sounds that echo and come and go. It kicks in after a minute with lots of percussion reminding me of SANTANA. Organ comes to the fore 3 minutes in. Some nice heavy guitar before 7 minutes.The organ is back before 9 1/2 minutes. Intense section before 13 minutes then it calms down to a spacey atmosphere before kicking back in to end it. Man they really jam on this 16 minute opener. "White Rider" has a laid back spacey intro before marching style drums come in before a minute. It's building then the song I know kicks in after 1 1/2 minutes. Nice. Vocals before 2 1/2 minutes.The tempo picks up with organ a minute later. It settles after 5 minutes with vocals. Spacey synths and guitar before 7 minutes. It's heavier before 8 1/2 minutes.

"Lady Fantasy" sounds like the original except for the spacey synths. It kicks in before a minute and vocals follow. Love the organ, vocals and mood on this one. Guitar to the fore 4 minutes in. It settles down before 5 1/2 minutes.This sounds so good. Vocals a re back 7 minutes in. It kicks back in and organ follows. "Arubaluba" opens with the drums and organ standing out. Guitar before a minute. It picks up quickly.The guitar is fantstic as Latimer solos endlessly. "Exerpts From The Snow Goose" is the over 27 minute closer recorded live at the BBC. This song is a trip i'll tell you that. The spacey section 9 1/2 minutes in and the spacey organ 12 1/2 minutes in and the gorgeous section that follows. Latimer plays some relaxed guitar from 23 minutes to after 25 minutes then it turns spacey to the end.

Just when I thought I had heard all I needed to hear from this band. This really is essential for fans to see the band in a little different light. So close to being 5 stars.

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Posted Monday, August 16, 2010 | Review Permalink
Symphonic Team
3 stars 1973-1975 revisited

Gods Of Light is another entry in Camel Productions' "Official Bootleg" series. It is a compilation of live tracks from the early years of Camel's career (1973 to 1975). As such it continues just where Camel On The Road 1972 left off.

The disc includes five tracks beginning with God Of Light Revisited, a song that started life on Peter Bardens' solo album The Answer, but that was adopted by Camel in the live setting during their early days (though it never received a studio recording by the band). Next up are versions of White Rider and Lady Fantasy, both from 1974's Mirage album. The versions of these three songs are not the same as those that appeared on Camel On The Road 1972. From the self-titled debut comes Arubaluba and finally there is a nearly half hour excerpt from The Snowgoose.

Personally, I found Camel On The Road 1972 to be more interesting and also more cohesive. The present disc spans several years and as such is more of a compilation than a proper live album. Everything that is here though is very good indeed. A worthy addition to a Camel fans collection, but not one for the newcomers.

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Posted Thursday, January 2, 2014 | Review Permalink

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