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4.33 | 389 ratings

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3 stars The first disc of this Camel live album is a bit of a mixed bag, with many of the tracks dating from the 1977 Rain Dances tour. The rearrangements of classic Camel tracks to account for the presence of Mel Collins and the more commercial direction the band were taking their sound in at the time rather fail to convince, leaving the listener wishing they'd been provided with a live recording of said tracks from one of the classic era lineup's concerts instead.

Disc two, however, is a Camel fan's delight - a complete performance of the classic Snow Goose album, backed by the London Symphony Orchestra. The band are never upstaged by the orchestra, who are present mainly to add texture, and the occasional flourishes Latimer and Bardens slip into their performances make this an intriguing alternate version of the album for fans.

So, on balance, a two and a half star disc one and a four star disc two. Three stars or thereabouts seems fair.

Warthur | 3/5 |


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