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Peter Bardens


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3 stars The first Bardens album out of Camel is very underrated, maybe because he remained in the territories of Rain Dances and Breathless without the guitar of Andy Latimer or the bass of Richard Sinclair.

Is "Julia" just a commercial song? Not more than things like the ambarassing "Neon Magic" or "Remote Romance". This song is typical of the late 70s period of Camel with a touch of Caravan. Surely not a masterpiece but not so bad as many people thinks.

"Doing The Crab" is in the jazzy vein of his solo debuts. The same kind of things that can be found in Caravan albums like "Blind Dog". Far from being a masterpiece also this, but surely better than songs like "Are You Ready Eddie?" which ELP released more or less in that period.

"Slipstream" could have been a Camel song from "Rain Dances" or from "A Live Record". Again I don't see anything bad here. What is missed is Andy Latimer, that not easy to replace, but this track has a lot of good fusion inside. If you liked "Liggin' At Louis" this is a sort of follow-up.

"Raining All Over The World" is a melodic song. Also this has a strong Camel flavor (don't take it literally, please).

"Jinxed", opened by drums and followed by jazzy keyboard with an unusual signature is the kind of track which has convinced Doug Ferguson to leave Camel. Listen to this and you'll understand what of the early Camel came from Bardens. I like this track a lot.

"After Dark" has one of the few guitar solos, as Latimer is in general replaced by the excellent sax of Mel Collins throughout the whole album. There are hints of what Pete will do later but it's still very close to the late 70s Camel.

"Slow Motion" is not bad. Again a melodic song with the sounds of Breathless.

"Tune For Des" is a short filler like Aritisllus on Moonmadness.

Finally the title track: not a great one, to be honest, but if added to Moonmadness it wouldn't be a scandal. Listen to Bellaphon, a Japanese Camel's clone. This is exactly what you can find on their two albums.

In few words, this is as good as Breathless that's not my favorite Camel's album but not the worst for sure.

3 stars plus a strong recommendation for who loves the jazzy period of Camel.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |


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