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5 stars I just LOVE this!

This is the only album I have ever heard where I look forward to every new song while listening. There is just no weakness! We have "I know what I like" or "More fool me" within Genesis' Selling England, for example, or "Timetable" and , yes, "Watcher of the skyes" on Foxtrot.

With any older Camel production, there are (in my view) lots of weak songs/moments mixed with some highlights (Echoes, Rhayader for example).

But here, every of the 8 songs is at least very good! And it doesnt hurt that they are all pretty long ones :)

This is technically not a concept album, but it is in fact more so than most of those claiming it, as there is a special, slightly orientalic feeling and connection within all of the songs.

1. Three wishes: 5 Stars Masterpiece, contains one of the most beautiful guitar work I ever heard

2. Lost and found: 5 Stars, another Masterpiece, more brilliant guitar solos

3. The final encore: 5 Stars, yet another Masterpiece. This time the hauntingly beautiful refrain and rhythm catches me completely

4. Rajaz: 4 Stars Very interesting rhythm's, maybe just a little too long (but not "dull" at all)

5. Shout 4 Stars. beautiful ballad, no more no less (maybe the only song that differs a little bit from the others)

6. Straight to my heart: 4 Stars. Calm beginning, but another beautiful instrumental ending.

7. Sahara: 5 Stars Wonderful Instrumental

8. Lawrence: 4 Stars Very moody, nice finisher

Overall, clearly a Masterpiece, by far the best Camel album ever in my opinion (well, I have not heard two or three of the studio albums like "Harbour of tears" and "Dust and dreams" but will try to get hold of these, too.)

By the way, heard Andy Latimer is suffering from a serious illness. Lets hope he will recover soon!!

herrkaiser | 5/5 |


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