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CAMEL ON THE ROAD 1972

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

3.71 | 121 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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4 stars This CD has been released 20 years after it was recorded, in 1972. The sound quality is not perfect but OK for the average proghead.

The opener is perhaps their finest work entitled "Lady fantasy". The first part alternates between a slow rhythm and mid-tempo featuring wonderful sensitive electric guitarplay and warm vocals from Andy Latimer, tasteful organ waves from the late Peter Bardens and a pleasant and strong rhythm- section from Andy Ward and Doug Ferguson. Gradually the climate becomes more lush and we can enjoy a great, very compelling solo from Bardens on the Hammond B3 organ. After a powerful accellaration a propulsive rhythm-section supports a spendid, harder-edged guitar solo. Then the atmosphere slows down featuring bluesy electric guitar, very moving. Now there's only tender Fender Rhodes electric piano, a repetetive bass and howling electric guitar, what a tension! Soft vocals and organ enters, the tension builds.. "ooh, my lady Fantasy...I love you .... AND THERE IS THE LONG AWAITED BOMBASTIC ERUPTION, THIS IS A PERFECT MUSICAL ORGASM! It features huge organ floods, a propulsive rhythm-section and a long and exciting organ solo. The final part contains a mellow mid- tempo and slowly fading sensitive electric guitar work, what an afterglow!

The second track "Six ate" delivers a swinging mid-tempo rhythm with lots of good soli and interplay from the electric guitar and organ. It's a typical live song were the crowd can enjoy their heroes on their instruments.

Next is "White rider" featuring militairy drums and then sensitive electric guitarplay, pleasant vocals and lush organ waves. Then an accellaration and powerful organ, a dynamic rhythm-section and a sensational, pitchbend driven Minimoog solo. After the rhythm slows down and a break with a short bass solo, the final part contains a slightly psychedelic guitar solo and some sizzling Moog sounds.

The last track "God of light" is a typical end Sixties/early Seventies composition (in the vein of Vanilla Fudge, Iron Butterfly, Rare Earth and Deep Purple): a long track with a swinging rhythm featuring extended soli on organ and guitar (wah-wah drenched in the end). Halfway the climate becomes more psychedelic with experimental work on the organ and guitar and spacey sounds from the Minimoog synthesizer.

THIS IS A STRONG AND PLEASANT LIVE CD FROM EARLY CAMEL WITH AN INSPIRED LATIMER AND BARDENS!

erik neuteboom | 4/5 |

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