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THE SNOW GOOSE (RE-RECORDING)

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.17 | 576 ratings

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chikinn
2 stars I'm no Camel expert, but along with the rest of the community here, I think well of their first four records (although I prefer Mirage and Moonmadness).

This re-recording adds little to the original. Skip it, or at least start with the four significantly altered/extended tracks labeled "revised version", of which I liked "Migration" best.

In fact, it feels backward. The original featured beautiful instrumental performances by the London Symphony Orchestra. Perhaps the arrangements have been improved, but it's hard to get past the clunky synths (a hallmark of bad prog) when the original was executed tastefully. (Contrast this approach to Ayreon's re-recording of Actual Fantasy, where a drum kit is replaced with Ed Warby. That's a solid reason to redo an album.)

Original - 2.5 stars

Re-recording - 1.5 stars. Rounding up as a nod to its predecessor.

chikinn | 2/5 |

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