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1978: Camel Breathless vs. Magma Attahk

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Poll Question: Which of these albums do you prefer?
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    Posted: August 02 2017 at 15:56
It's the attahk of the camel....

A sample from each album, albeit some will not like my choices.   Feel free to link to/ embed another of your choosing if you feel like it.





So which album leaves you more breathless.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mellotron Storm Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 02 2017 at 17:24
MAGMA quite easily, I know it's not exactly everyone's fav MAGMA album but for me it blows Breathless out of the desert. Actually that MAGMA album is currently in my top 10 for 1978. Some real gems for that year.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Barbu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 02 2017 at 18:56
Never heard Attaqqke.

Bought that Camel 3 or 4 years ago and still haven't listened to it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Magnum Vaeltaja Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 02 2017 at 19:19
Unfamiliar with Attahk, but there's only one track off of Breathless that I like (Echoes), so I doubt Camel will win the day with me once I get around to listening to both. 
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Camel
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote YESESIS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 02 2017 at 19:42
Both samples were good but I don't know nearly enough yet about this 'Magma' to do an educated vote. Camel, I LOVE their Mirage album! It's very good all the way through and then completely kicks your ass at the end there with Lady Fantasy. The Snow Goose and Moonmadness are also quite good, but imo not as good as Mirage. 

So couldn't vote on this one. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote YESESIS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 02 2017 at 20:31
Alright you made me do it. Gotta love Richard Sinclair though..



Still not voting though. Gotta listen to more Magma first. 
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Richard Sinclair is great, I love Caravan and Hatfield and the North, but this Camel album is not one of the best, imo, to feature him by quite a long way. He makes it enjoyable, though. I don't think I'd like that song I posted in this topic if it were instead of him, say, pretty much any death metal growler. Actually, that might be cool. Probably some good death metal meets disco out there, maybe.... Perhaps, perhaps not.

I love Attahk. It's one of my favourite Magma albums, and it still sounds fresh to my ears these days. Most people fawn all over MDK, but I like the jazziness of the first two and the fun of Attahk. I like every Magma studio album, even the much reviled Merci, and I love lots of their live albums.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tom Ozric Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2017 at 02:18
They both have their charms.
I love Echoes, I love Maahnt (or what ever the 1st song on side 2 is....)
Both are equal for me, a bit patchy overall, but enjoyable 1978 albums.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2017 at 03:31
Originally posted by Mellotron Storm Mellotron Storm wrote:

MAGMA quite easily, I know it's not exactly everyone's fav MAGMA album but for me it blows Breathless out of the desert. Actually that MAGMA album is currently in my top 10 for 1978. Some real gems for that year.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mormegil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2017 at 04:52
Can't vote - neither of them made a "breathless" impression on me.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Manuel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2017 at 06:03
I like Camel more than Magma, but Breathless is probably their weakest album, so in this case, Magma would get my vote, for the album, not fort he band.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote noni Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2017 at 07:53
Andy Latimer admitted he probably made 2 of his worst albums as the band were going through a tough time. With Pete Bardens already gone it only left Andy Ward and andy Latimer.   With his current contract, asking for albums to be produced, he was obliged to release these albums with Andy Ward having  personal issues.  Single Factor and Breathless were not your typical Camel sound and resulted more in that mainstream stye. However, one track that did stand out was " Sasquatch" from the Single Factor album.  Still enjoyed today by fans..Smile  Many years later he brought out 'Stationary Traveller' which blew the pants of those other 2 albums and more in line with Camel.

Breathless however, is still an album I enjoy,  despite not being their greatest album, it's still quite listenable ...  With no track that's hard to reach.   Not too familiar with Magma though,  so cannot compare from their other stuff.  


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This is a tough one, I like them both. Also "support the underdog" applies to them both, as Magma is the underdog against Camel but Breathless is an underdog Camel album. I voted for Breathless because it made me smile (although "You Make Me Smile" is one of its lower songs), because of Richard Sinclair, because of Echoes, because of the guitar solo in Summer Lightning, and because I like it if bands deviate from their usual paths for a while. It may not be very consistent but it's full of ideas.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tapfret Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2017 at 10:09
Anything Magma over anything Camel every day. Except perhaps if it was Merci vs Mirage.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2017 at 10:26
Easily Magma. 
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Camel!

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Attahk!!!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote gr8dane Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 03 2017 at 11:44
Camel easily.Love that album.
Magma gives me a headache except Kobah from the first live album.
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Camel is my favourite band, I love all their albums, ant Breathless imho not the worst of them. Magama is a good band but not so strong in the melodies. imho
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