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3.49 | 82 ratings | 3 reviews | 27% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Live, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Never Let Go (7:03)
2. Song Within a Song (7:20)
3. Lunar Sea (10:50)
4. City Life (4:43)
5. Nude (0:27)
6. Drafted (3:55)
7. Docks (4:06)
8. Beached (3:44)
9. Landscapes (3:22)
10. Changing Places (3:32)
11. Reflections (2:24)
12. Captured (3:19)
13. The Last Farewell (4:05)

Total Time 58:50

Line-up / Musicians

- Andrew Latimer / lead guitar, flute, vocals
- Colin Bass / bass, vocals
- Andy Ward / drums
- Kit Watkins / keybards, flute
- Jan Schelhaas / keyboards

Releases information

CD Camel Productions - CP-007CD (1997, US)
CD Canyon International - PCCY-01097 (1997, Japan)
CD Sampony - D-1359 (1997, South Korea)

CD WHD Entertainment, Inc. - IECP-10134 (2007, Japan)
CD Belle Antique - BELLE-162566 (2016, Japan, remastered, SHM-CD, mini LP)

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CAMEL Camel on the Road 1981 ratings distribution

(82 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
Good, but non-essential (34%)
Collectors/fans only (1%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars This "Live On The road" collection is somewhat difficult to follow. a live recording from 1972 released in 1982 for the ten years'anniverary of the band. Another one recorded in 1981 and released in ... 1997 (this one) and a last one recorded in 1982 but released earlier than the previous one (in 1994). Do you understand something ? Rather difficult.

Anyway. Camel outputs an album consisting some old songs from the early days :" Never Let Go" from their first album; "Song Within a Song" and "Lunar Sea" from "Moonmadness). These three tracks belong to the good part of their catalogue. These live renditions are really good.

Then comes an almost complete version of their "Nude" album which was not really my cup of tea. The live versions are a bit better than the studio one. Two-third of the fifteen songs are played here.

This live effort is not too bad, mostly thanks to the legendary tracks. It is far from being a great live album though : track list is too week. We'll still have to wait to get it (in terms of when the concerts were recorded, not when the albums were released of course). But do not worry, it'll come. Three stars.

Review by progrules
3 stars Well, this could never be a bad release because my very favourite Camelsong is on it. But I have to be carefull here of course because it's live and that can always be disappointing. This one isn't though and it means already a 4 star score to begin with. Song within is the one with the beautiful flute as we know, excellently executed here and also resulting in 3,75 stars at least. Next is another Camel classic (Lunar Sea, in an extended version) and certainly one of their very best for my taste. It also gets the full 4 by me. But unfortunately the best is behind us after this threesome treat and the other songs are good at best ranging from 2,75 to 3,5.

So that results is a good live collection nevertheless but nothing to go overboard about. A solid three stars for Camel on the Road 1981.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
3 stars A nude Camel

There are quite a few Camel live albums on the market (but I can never get enough of Camel live!). The present one was recorded in 1981 (the year I was born) and features a large portion of the (at the time) most recent Camel studio album, Nude. Indeed, with the exception of the first three tracks, this whole live album is dedicated to material from that album. This might seem excessive until one remembers that Nude was a conceptual album telling a story and as such it deserves to be performed in its entirety. It is abbreviated somewhat, but one gets the picture.

The concert opens with Never Let Go from the self-titled debut album, a song that I always have loved. This is a good live version of it with some modern keyboard sounds as opposed to the old school organ sound of the original recording. Next up is Song Within A Song from the Moonmadness album and this one is a real treat as it is not available on many other live recordings. An 11 minute version of the classic Lunar Sea follows before they get nude, sorry get to Nude. The performances are good and the sound too, but I still feel that not much value is added in relation to the studio album.

While overall a very pleasant live release, it is hardly essential in the light of what else there is out there. If Nude is your favourite Camel album, then this live album might be of special interest. Otherwise, there are other live albums and videos that offer a more diverse selection of tracks and even stronger performances. I think that this is primarily aimed at fans and collectors, but it is nonetheless just too good to only receive two stars.

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