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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Quinino Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 10 2018 at 12:13
I went back and listened today to Rain Dances, which I hadn't done in a long time, and boy what a great pleasure - an album from '77 so fresh and stimulating !!!!

The jazzy parts are a treat, Sinclair on the bass - Andy himself plays fretless on one track - and the whole dynamic is fabulous.

(What I find specially rewarding on any and every album is the general feeling of happiness and optimism the music conveys, even when intense and moving as frequently is)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 10 2018 at 13:02
Solid band.....like the first 5 up to and including Rain Dances.
After that it's hit or miss for me....I picked up Breathless, I Can See..., and Nude on original vinyl recently but they really didn't do a lot for me...they are ok but nothing special. Saw Single Factor and Stationary Traveler also...not sure if I want to spend the $20 for them both.
Can any Camel fans talk about the later ones ans which are worth getting...? And that includes the new ones from the 90's.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Quinino Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 10 2018 at 15:32
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No hesitation whatsoever - grab them four including A Nod And a Wink from 2002 - each has a different feel but all are so precious and delicate, true masterpieces to my ears and soul
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A Nod and a Wink is pure symphonic prog with a romantic/pastoral feel, can't go wrong there.

Rajaz is more showboating for the guitarskills of Andy. It has some middle-eastern flavours aswell.

Harbour of Tears has irish/folkish influences. Also a very special album. But I would recommend the live-version of the full album, wich can be found on the double live-album Coming of Age.

But again: A Nod and a Wink is a sure thing. All the songs are strong, epic and symphonic.
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Originally posted by Kingsnake Kingsnake wrote:

Colin Bass and Doug Ferguson (but also David Patton) are more basic players, but that is also important. But don't be fooled; even basic playing can be very difficult.



I think Doug played really well with Ward, all of the rhythm work on Snow Goose and Moon Madness is very accurate and very much in time. Doug can get a bit funky like on “Six Ate”. Any bass player next to Sinclair is a unfair comparison though...
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