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4 stars Another nice compilation.

I found this CD several years ago, but i bought only a copy and not the original, because to be honest i thought that this compilation was a joke, i mean, an album nmade by the seller of where i bought it, because they have done some compillation by themselves and then they sell it to us, but no, this is a serious and oficial album compilation from Camel.

This album was released in 1985, but dont get confused, albums like "Stationary Traveller" or "Nude", wasnt contemplated for this compillation. This album was focused on their first 5 albums, (except from their self titled album), and i am sure who had the idea to create this compillation, was right in their choices.

It starts chronologically, with songs from 1974 "Mirage" ,which are "Freefall" and excellent track to start the album, and the secon song is "Lady Fantasy" which is one of the best Camel`s songs ever created, so if that are the first two songs, you can imagine that the album will continue with great songs. The second stop is from 1975 album and masterpiece "The Snow Goose" ,we already know the beauty of that album, and of course instrumental and shorter songs, the tracks here are "The Great Marsh", "Rhayader", "Rhayader Goes to Town", "The Snow Goose", "The Flight of the Snw Goose"and "Dunkirk", obviously here is different because are some searated songs, not straigh songs like in the Snow Goose. From their 1976 release "Moonmadness", a couple of excellent symphonic songs whic are "Song Within a Song" and "Lunar Sea", 15 minutes of that great album. And finishing fom their 1977 "Rain Dances", maybe considered the weakest of these albums, "First Light", "Metrognome" and "Rain Dances", three excellent songs.

So after all, im sure that you and of course i prefer to listen to their studio albums, but this compilation is nice, if you are not familiarized with Camel, here you can find their best early songs, and if you like the work here, maybe you`ll like Camel.

Good , an excellent addition to any prog fan , 4 stars.

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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