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Camel - The Snow Goose (Re-recording) CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

4.17 | 578 ratings

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5 stars If it makes me an "expert", the fact that I heard the original CAMEL's (1975) "The Snow Goose" like 100s of times.

Not because I like the band, but my sister played that record on a daily basis in those prog years. Well, here is my point of view...

I always kind of never fell for this band and similar ones (by the way), due to their "tendency" to find over the top, sweet overcoats, to solve their compositions "highlights" and "ballads". That has never tickled my bone, in fact for me that is reason enough to ignore a band, I don't care if it is Supertramp, Tangerine Dream, Gentle Giant or Genesis, I am just repelled by those "aesthetics", like water and oil, can't help it.

The good news is that this "re-modeled" 2013 version comes as close, at last, to any of the "top-ten" PA's, symphonic category albums. I can say whatever of Camel, but I will never dare to say that Camel has no "self-acquired" and "personal" musiclanguage. For starters.

The "sweet-sickening" melodic lines that the "original" Goose suffered from, (IMnhO), have been polished away with very creative arrangements, which although they never modify the original score, "re-shape" these musical lines with "symphonic" instruments, that by nature are better suited, for this kind of "high pitched", sweet passages, that like this, aside of sounding better, enhance the structure of the songwriting and its scope.

So,.... A masterful re-arrangement that balances electric and acoustic instruments with uncommon good taste which actually turns for the better, which as such, is quiet miraculous. (Usually these symphonic arrangements work the other way around). A flawless, re-modeled masterstroke, beyond the band's own discography and "original" Goose, that by sheer genius can stand alongside any other *****5 PA star "Symphonic" work,..surely deserves the same rating!

Camel followers, this is a "must"!, that any other Prog enthusiast will enjoy.

admireArt | 5/5 |


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