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4 stars An oasis of music

Only their second album, yet the music here shows great maturity when compared to the first album "Camel".

The standout tracks are the two long pieces, "Nimrodel etc." and "Lady fantasy". Andy Latimer's guitar work is beautiful and profoundly atmospheric throughout. How many other bands could have benefited from having a guitarist who could make their guitar weep so gently? Peter Bardens is more adventurous on keyboards, throwing in some interesting mini-moog solos.

The other tracks are less worthy of note but are nonetheless finely crafted pieces of quality prog. In all a very enjoyable album, which included several tracks which would serve them well in live performances for many years.

The 2002 remastered CD includes four bonus tracks, two of which are live recordings of tracks from the "Camel" album, one is a brief live version of "Supertwister", and finally the original studio mix of "Lady fantasy". While the bonus tracks are by no means essential, the audio quality of the remastered album is excellent.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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