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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1:

1. Respectable - Cheynes
2. Soul Dressing - Peter B's Looners
3. If You Wanna Be Happy - Peter B's Looners
4. Outrage - Peter B's Looners
5. Indian Thing - Shotgun Express
6. Man In The Moon - Village
7. Long Time Coming - Village
8. Long Ago, Far Away
9. Answer
10. Don't Goof With The Spook
11. I Can't Remember
12. I Don't Want To Go Home
13. Let's Get It On
14. Homage To The God Of Light

Disc: 2

1. North End Road
2. Write My Name In The Dust
3. Down So Long
4. Sweet Honey Wine
5. Tear Down The Wall
6. Simple Song
7. My House
8. Feeling High
9. Blueser
10. Arubaluba (live) - Camel
11. Supertwister - Camel
12. Flight Of The Snow Goose - Camel
13. Zone
14. She Takes Me There
15. Spirit Of The Water

Line-up / Musicians

Pete Bardens Producer
Jerry Boys Engineer
Andy Gee Guitar
Alan Harris Engineer
Maxine Iffla Vocals (bckgr)
Paul Leeves Art Direction
Linda Lewis Vocals (bckgr)
Anita Pollinger Vocals (bckgr)
Judith Powell Vocals (bckgr)
John Scott
Paul Stratton
Liza Strike Vocals (bckgr)
Mirage and Camel members

Releases information

2002 CD Castle

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Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(25%)
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Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars I know, that many music fans don't like compilations, and I absolutely understand why.We have a good example just to confirm this opinion.

Pete Bardens has a long life in music,and during the years music was changed. We have terrible eclectic collection there. There are some perfect songs in it,but in chronological order placed between other pieces, alltogether material sounds as craziest dream.

Some first songs from Barden's very early period (with Peter B'Looners, Village, etc.) are just very simple beat-r'n'b era tunes. They could be interesting for heavy collectors only.After slowly we're coming to Barden's blues-rock period ( These songs are the reason why I searched for this album - there are some perfect Peter Green's guitar solo on its). Songs become more attractive, but far from prog. In fact it's something near Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac works.

Keyboards starts to dominate, and we are in next Barden's era now. I think main interest to Barden name is coming from people, who are interested in Camel. So - some solo songs, some - with Camel, so what we have here? Double CD which contains very different in styles,arrangements and even in sound quality music! What was the reason to put this dangerous mix in one place?

I can recommend this compilation for heavy Barden's fans or collectors only.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
2 stars Long ago, far away

This anthology set gathers together Peter Bardens' first two (pre-Camel) solo albums The Answer (1970) and Peter Bardens (1971) in their respective entirety, plus some tracks from various bands Bardens played in during the 60's, three Camel numbers, and a few tracks from Bardens final solo album The Art Of Levitation (2002). As such Write My Name In The Dust works horribly badly as a retrospective as there is a very heavy focus on the very old--before Bardens became relevant--and the very new--long after he seized being relevant, overlooking almost everything of what came in between!

The primary reason for buying this two CD set is to get hold of those two full early solo albums for a reasonable price. Since I have reviewed those two albums separately, I will focus on the rest of what's here in this review.

The first disc opens with a set of tunes that Bardens recorded in the 60's with The Cheynes, Peter B's Looners, Shotgun Express, and The Village. The Zombies and Manfred Mann might perhaps be used as reference points here in terms of the style, but the quality of most of these songs is far below those acts. If you are looking for anything (proto-)progressive here, you are going to be disappointed.

The most important period in Bardens career is certainly his time with Camel. There are three Camel recordings here: a live recording of Arubaluba (originally from Camel's self-titled 1973 debut), Supertwister (from 1974's Mirage album), and a single edit of Flight Of The Snow Goose (1975). In addition there is a 2002 version of Spirit Of The Water (originally from 1976's Moonmadness) re-recorded for The Art Of Levitation--Bardens final solo album, released the same year he passed away. Like most of his solo albums, this was far away from Prog and more towards New Age.

Overall, a rather weird compilation this, and far from essential

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