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PETER(PETE) BARDENS (June 19, 1944 - January 22, 2002) was one of the founding members of the British progressive rock group Camel, playing keyboards. Born in Westminster, South London, England, he often played the mellotron and synthesizer while working with the band, and wrote the majority of the songs while he was there (usually along with guitarist Andrew Latimer).

In 1965 he was the keyboard player with Them. Between 1966 and 1967 he was with the Shotgun Express, a group featuring Rod Stewart, Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood. His band Pete B's Looners (or the Pete B's) also included Green and Fleetwood.

He left Camel in 1978 after the " BREATHLESS " album, and had a solo career that led him into Prog Related electronica. In 1984 he was a member of Keats and later formed MIRAGE ( Previous CAMEL and CARAVAN member contributions).MIRAGE originally were going to be called CARAMEL, thankfully Peter Bardens thought better of it. During the late 80s and early 90s, he released a number of solo electronic albums including the moderately successful " SEEN ON EARTH "in 1986. His first single from that album, "IN DREAMS", enjoyed heavy airplay on FM rock stations in the USA and Australia. In 1988 he followed this with Speed of Light, on which his long time friend Mick Fleetwood guest featured on several tracks on drums. "Whisper in the Wind" and "Gold" were released as singles in the U.S.

Bardens died from lung cancer in Malibu, California at the age of 57. Peter Bardens will be best known for his contribution as the keyboard player with Camel up until Breathless, he did however guest on the Single Factor album in the early 80's. Highlights of his creativity and skills would have to be on " MUSIC INSPIRED BY THE SNOW GOOSE ", " MIRAGE ", and " MOONMADNESS "

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- Peter Bardens' Mirage

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2.89 | 28 ratings
The Answer
1970
2.41 | 14 ratings
Peter Bardens
1971
2.29 | 13 ratings
Heart To Heart
1979
2.55 | 11 ratings
Seen One Earth
1987
2.24 | 18 ratings
Speed Of Light
1988
2.71 | 9 ratings
Water Colours
1991
2.61 | 8 ratings
Further Than You Know
1993
2.49 | 7 ratings
Big Sky
1995
2.90 | 13 ratings
The Art Of Levitation
2002

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2.07 | 4 ratings
Write My Name In The Dust
2002

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1988
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1988
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1991

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 Write My Name In The Dust by BARDENS, PETER album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2002
2.07 | 4 ratings

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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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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 Further Than You Know by BARDENS, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1993
2.61 | 8 ratings

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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1 stars Further away from greatness

That I am not a fan of Peter Bardens solo career would be something of an understatement. But being a Camel fanatic, I needed to hear what Bardens achieved outside of that great band. 1993's Further Than You Know is the final Bardens solo album that I needed to hear and review for a complete familiarity with his solo discography. Like most of his other solo efforts, this one too is full of rather dull "adult contemporary" Soft Rock. There is little or no hint of anything progressive or remotely related to Camel. The opening number Sometime, for example, is in full-on Phil Collins mode.

Some of the jazzier, instrumental parts of the album are bearable easy-listening exercises, but they fail to grab my attention and they fail to leave any lasting impressions. The only highlight of the album is the pleasant Sea Of Dreams which sounds a bit like Mike Oldfield playing lead guitar lines over an electronic back-drop in the vein of Jean-Michel Jarre. This piece reminds slightly of Bardens best solo album, the electronic Seen One Earth. The rest of Further Than You Know is however best avoided.

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 The Answer by BARDENS, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1970
2.89 | 28 ratings

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Review by indianmaid70

5 stars One might think anything about a record, but just listening without thinking anything, that's what could give a great experience here. Maybe one or two tracks not essential, but the rest is at the top of what Progressive music can be. If this record would just feature the final track 'Hommage to the god of light' with the rest being bull[&*!#] it still to my humble opinion deserved 5* just because of this totally insane mind-expanding killer psych tune cloccccking in over 13 minutes. Having listened enough psychedelia and Progressive Music of all kind this is among the ten to take with down into the grave. - Not to top! No matter by the way what Peter Bardens might have thought about his work. Maybe that he wasn't happy with it, but others like me are or even more than happy with the result here..... But feel free to tell me about any album that could beat this one. If it convinces me, I would give a fortune for it. - And: 'The answer' is one of the finest tunes that ever came to my humble ears and mind. Great cover too (only with the UK pressing)! 6* if

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 The Art Of Levitation by BARDENS, PETER album cover Studio Album, 2002
2.90 | 13 ratings

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Review by octopus-4
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4 stars Even if I have to admit that the solo works of Peter Bardens ar not at the level of the things he did with Camel, I think that sometimes he is underrated, maybe because a comparison between albums like this and things like The Snow Goose or Moonmadness is natural, and doesn't help the judgement. Please forget Camel and listen to this progressive electronic album (not new age this time) as if you were listening to a new artist.

"Welcome To The Zone" is a very good song, the only thing reminding to Camel is Pete's voice that's highly recognisable. I don't want to say that's a masterpiece, but it flows very well, some background sounds give richness to the arrangement. The only bad thing is the faded out final. I will never stop saying how I hate closing a song in that way.

"She Takes Me There" sounds very 80s and reminds to Speed Of Light, but close your eyes and think to bands like Japan. Can you imagine Sylvian or even Bowie singing this song? I'm not saying that it would have been a hit, only that's a good song.

With "Making Waves" we continue this electronic journey. Who likes the Tangerine Dream stuff of the 80s can like this as well. I hear echoes of Jarre, too.

Now the highlight. "Spirit of the Water" is probably the best lyric ever written by Bardens and the celestial voice of his daughter Tallulah makes me wishing to listen to her singing the whole Moonmadness or even Lady Fantasy. Unfortunately her debut album produced by Mick Fleetwood is just pop, good pop maybe, but only this. The arrangement can appear strange, it's totally electronic where the original version was almost acoustic. But it's like releasing it on Stationary Traveller instead of on Moonmadness.

"Hopi Prayer" is about the prophecies of this "Pueblo" speaking of the end of the forth world and the beginning of the fifth. The Hopi have recognized 8 of the 9 signs before the catastrophe (the coming of a blue star that will destroy the current world). The song has percussions that should remind to the native americans. If written by Jon Anderson it would have been a newage anthem...well, I like this song.

"No Jazz" is totally different. It's a funky track in the style of the Bardens just after leaving Camel. It partially sounds like an action/police movie of the 80s, a sort of Starsky and Hutch soundtrack.

"Take Back Your Power" is another funky, more funky than the previous, so much funky that's good. I don't like the background voices. Totally instrumental it would have been better. A pity.

"High" closes the album with a melodic song, tendentially pop. Not too bad but very few progressive. To be honest I like it. This song gives me a sense of joy, like some newage can do. And it's strange if you think that's the last song recorded by Peter Bardens before dying of lung cancer.

I see this song as a way to remember him with a smile. So long Peter, join the spirit of the water.

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 Big Sky by BARDENS, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1995
2.49 | 7 ratings

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Review by octopus-4
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2 stars This album by Pete Bardens doesn't differ too much from the electro-pop of its predecessors. The presence as guests of two old friends like Mick Fleetwood and Andy Latimer is remarkable, but this may be not enough to make a good album.

It doesn't open too badly. "China Blue" is maybe trivial in the chords, but has a mood very similar to "More Than This" of Roxy Music, so I quite like it..

"Puerto Rico" features some guitar, but it's not Latimer as he just sings some background vocals on one track only. It's really a guest appearance. This song is on the chords and the atmosphere of Speed Of Light.

The title track starts with a sax that's probably synthetic as no saxophonist is credited on the album. Here Pete sings and his voice gives the song a touch of Camel. With a little help from Latimer this could have been a great song. With this arrangement it's just quite good.

"Gunblasters" is a track on which Pete has put too many things in too few time. It appears to be not exploited enough. Another missing opportunity which finishes to be just a sort of reminder of the 80s. I can still hear echoes of Camel, specially when there are no orchestral accents.

"On The Air Tonight" is a poppy melodic song but listening to it carefully it's still possible hearing echoes of the Rain Dances/Breathless era.

"You Got It" is a track that I don't understand. The guitar is not bad but is a song "full of nothing".

"A Brave New World" has a more promising intro. Keyboards in a Tangerine Dream style even with a clue of Alan Parsons Project. The guitar sounds very nice and the drumming is not invasive, like the opener of "Seen One Earth", but more intriguing from a musical point of view. After a couple of minutes it turns into a sort of pop-rock instrumental. The sounds are of the "Zee - Identity" kind. It's a pity that there are not many tracks of this kind. Not that this is a masterpiece, but it's one of the best things.

"On A Roll" is brit-pop 30 years too late, with an attempt to add Caribbean rhythms. Skip it. And this is the track with Latimer singing backing vocals !!!

"The Last Waltz" it's a2 minutes filler, but is surely better than the previous track.

Then we have other two tracks below the 2 minutes. It's like he has put the incomplete compositions at the end, and I think that the classic flavor of "Scarletti" would have been better served if the title was the correct composer surname that's "Scarlatti" (In Italian "Bright Red")

Those fillers may be the reason why somebody has decided to add a couple of bonus tracks.

"The Yuki Dance" is very nice with a funky flavor. It sounds incredibly 80s, again like "Zee", but it's good.

"Bump And Grind" doesn't have anything to do with Bardens, so that I suspect that he may not be the author. It's a sort of 80's pop-metal, listenable but outplaced even though the keyboard work is technically good.

Not totally bad, but I can't suggest a non-fan to buy it.

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 Further Than You Know by BARDENS, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1993
2.61 | 8 ratings

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Review by octopus-4
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3 stars The sound of this album is still very similar to its close predecessors, in particular to Speed of Light, but there's more singing and the newage flavor of the 80s seems to be gone, at least in the music. The lyrics are still a bit newage, effectively.

It's a sweet and melodic album, surely better than his previous efforts. A bit too easy listening for my tastes but surely not bad. Without considering the latin "Coco Loco" that's close more to the pre-Camel albums than to the 80s, it makes me think to Alan Parsons. This is very strange because Peter left Camel when they started playing like Alan Parsons clones (with some of former Alan Parsons members) at the end of the 70s.

Regardless this curiosity this album can be considered the rebirth of an artist that was unable to make impressive music after leaving his former band, even if he's a very skilled keyboardist and has demonstrated to be an excellent composer during his work with Camel.

The best thing of this album are these which are more distant from the electronic newage of the 80s, so other than Coco Loco I think a highlight is the title track with its calipso/caribbean rhythm and the following "This Could Be Heaven" that even if clearly reminding to This could be Paradise from Speed of Light (a follow-up effectively) appears fresh and has something of the old good Camel times.

The closer "Rain Talk" is unexpectedly Floydian and creates an atmosphere very in line with its title. A whole album of this kind would have been a masterpiece.

I'm happy to rate it 3 stars after having been a bit harsh with the previous three albums. It should be 3.5, really because it's more than good but only in the second half.

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 Water Colours by BARDENS, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1991
2.71 | 9 ratings

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2 stars This water is cold instead of cool and I don't see many colors. After the two albums released in the 80s Peter Bardens goes more deeply into the newage world with an album well produced, full of clean keyboards but very far from the Camel's days.

I don't dislike the newage, and effectively we can consider this album as borderline with what we call progressive electronic, but it lacks the hypnotic qualities of Tangerine Dream or the warm mediterranean flavor of Vangelis. Each track is good enough but I see no feelings inside it. Apart the opener, the title track and few moments here and there it leaves me completely cold.

This is often the limit of this kind of relaxing newage music: if there's not a big composing effort it results repetitive and boring.

Water Colors is a good album to be listened on a sofa in a night club or as soundtrack to a sequence of images (as it was effectively intended for), but in my opinion it doesn't match the requirements to be considered a progressive album.

I don't disagree with the 3 stars rating that this album currently has. It's not absolutely bad and is absolutely non-essential, however it's not much better than its two predecessors that I have rated as collector items, so I'm sorry for decreasing the current 3.00 rating of this album of an artist that I love, but to be honest this is good only for fans and newagers. I consider it as a follow-up to Seen One Earth and Speed of Light also because some ideas from those two albums seem to have been reused here.

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 Speed Of Light by BARDENS, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1988
2.24 | 18 ratings

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Review by octopus-4
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2 stars The quality of the sound is impressive. Unfortunately the songwriting is not at the same level.

"Westward Ho!" is just a newage instrumental with very few or nothing of Camel. Not bad if considered as a chillout newage song, but it's not what one should expect from one of the two composers of the Camel's golden age.

"This Could Be Paradise" Is a kind of follow-up to Seen One Earth. Same kind of sounds, similar chords as "The Stargate" and a mood quite close to Breathless. It's listenable, but unnecessary as the previous song.

"Black Elk" could have been a better song with a real drummer instead of the electronic drums. Also the fairlight sound was starting to be outdated in 1988. I can imagine the chorus with Latimer's classical guitar replacing the fairlight, Andy Ward replacing a drone and Latimer's voice. It could have been a great song. With this arrangement it's just a quite poor late 80s electronic chillout.

"Aftertought" even if extremely melodic is a piano instrumental which reminds to better times. It can be considered another newage thing, but it's the first good moment of the album.

"Gold" is another electronic newage song but with a bit of guitar inside. It sounds like an attempt to be the commercial one, but it wasn't a hit single. Again it's not totally bad, but it sounds like another revisitation of "The Stargate".

"Speed Of Light", the title track, is one of the best songs of the album. Nothing exceptional also this time, but it's a good song not as cold as the previous ones, and very reminding of late 70s Camel. If the title track let's us hope in something good, "Whisper In The Wind" destroys all the hopes. Was he trying to sound like Blondie or Wang Chung? My suggestion is: skip this track.

"Heartland" is just another newage instrumental based on a trivial sequence of chords and a quite good piano.

"Columbine" closes the album. It's not a bad song even if there's not much prog inside. A sort of Alan Parson's love song. It looks like the one on which Bardens has put more effort in the songwriting. I have to admit that I personally like this song but honestly I can't recommend it to others.

There was no need for a "Gold" reprise in the last minute of the album.

If you consider it a newage album it's not totally bad, but if you are looking for Camel please forget it.

A collector's item which can't be of any interest for non-camel or non-bardens fans. Even if I like it for some strange reasons, I'm sorry but it's between 1 and 2 stars

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 Heart To Heart by BARDENS, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1979
2.29 | 13 ratings

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Peter Bardens Prog Related

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

3 stars The first Bardens album out of Camel is very underrated, maybe because he remained in the territories of Rain Dances and Breathless without the guitar of Andy Latimer or the bass of Richard Sinclair.

Is "Julia" just a commercial song? Not more than things like the ambarassing "Neon Magic" or "Remote Romance". This song is typical of the late 70s period of Camel with a touch of Caravan. Surely not a masterpiece but not so bad as many people thinks.

"Doing The Crab" is in the jazzy vein of his solo debuts. The same kind of things that can be found in Caravan albums like "Blind Dog". Far from being a masterpiece also this, but surely better than songs like "Are You Ready Eddie?" which ELP released more or less in that period.

"Slipstream" could have been a Camel song from "Rain Dances" or from "A Live Record". Again I don't see anything bad here. What is missed is Andy Latimer, that not easy to replace, but this track has a lot of good fusion inside. If you liked "Liggin' At Louis" this is a sort of follow-up.

"Raining All Over The World" is a melodic song. Also this has a strong Camel flavor (don't take it literally, please).

"Jinxed", opened by drums and followed by jazzy keyboard with an unusual signature is the kind of track which has convinced Doug Ferguson to leave Camel. Listen to this and you'll understand what of the early Camel came from Bardens. I like this track a lot.

"After Dark" has one of the few guitar solos, as Latimer is in general replaced by the excellent sax of Mel Collins throughout the whole album. There are hints of what Pete will do later but it's still very close to the late 70s Camel.

"Slow Motion" is not bad. Again a melodic song with the sounds of Breathless.

"Tune For Des" is a short filler like Aritisllus on Moonmadness.

Finally the title track: not a great one, to be honest, but if added to Moonmadness it wouldn't be a scandal. Listen to Bellaphon, a Japanese Camel's clone. This is exactly what you can find on their two albums.

In few words, this is as good as Breathless that's not my favorite Camel's album but not the worst for sure.

3 stars plus a strong recommendation for who loves the jazzy period of Camel.

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 Peter Bardens by BARDENS, PETER album cover Studio Album, 1971
2.41 | 14 ratings

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Peter Bardens Prog Related

Review by octopus-4
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3 stars It's still too early for Camel, and Peter Bardens is a sort of artsy and very skilled keyboardist who dives between the Blues revival and Canterbury.

The album is opened by a short piano ragtime. It's not unusual: Caravan have placed "Tollington Park Rag" at the end of their second album, but also Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson put some ragtime interludes in their albums. So "North End Road" is not a bad ragtime.

Organ based with a touch of R&B specially in the background vocals and strongly smelling of flower power, "Write My Name in The Dust" is an excellent song and the most successful single ever released by Bardens as solo artist.

"Down So Long" is unusually hard for Peter Bardens. It's a blues-rock song with a bit of psychedelia mainly in the long organ solo. There's much of Fleetwood Mac in this song.

After the acid rock something more British: "Sweet Honey Wine" is son of its times, or a bit earlier. I hear the influence of Moody Blues.

"Tear Down The Wall" may have inspired Roger Waters' The Trial...I'm joking. This is a funky-rock song in a Motown style. Not properly my pot. Barely listenable. The repeated chorus is quite boring. However when it changes pitch I hear a symptom of Camel. The organ solo is fine, but it's exactly what you can hear in a police movie of the early 70s.

"Simple Song" with whistle and acoustic guitar is between the Beatles of Her Majesty and the early Caravan. two funny minutes.

"My House" is opened by a Procol Harum's style organ, and also the guitar solo which follows reminds to that great British band with a touch of psychedelia more.

"Feeling High" is a sort of acid rock very flower power, something good for the soundtrack of Hair.

"Blueser", a slow chillout blues base with grotesque vocals closes the album.

I don't know if we can call it prog, effectively Bardens is in the prog-related section, but the album is not too bad. It's only that it doesn't follow a direction. It's like Bardens has tried to compose different kinds of songs to catch a bigger audience, or it's just reflecting that fact that he was in the middle of a musical transition. As a result, this is far from the heights reached with Camel, but still a good and absolutely non-essential album.

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