Jun 102013
Camel - Albums Collection (1974-1978 & 1984) FLAC + MP3

Camel – Albums Collection (1974-1978 & 1984) FLAC + MP3

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 1.53 Gb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320/Stereo) ~ 609 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans ~ 1.13 Gb
Genre: Progressive Rock, Art Rock, Canterbury Scene, Space Rock | Time: 04:13:38

Collection includes: Mirage (1974); The Snow Goose (1975); Moonmadness (1976); Rain Dances (1977); Breathless (1978) and Stationary Traveller (1984).

“Camel never achieved the mass popularity of fellow British progressive rock bands like the Alan Parsons Project, but they cultivated a dedicated cult following. Over the course of their career, Camel experienced numerous changes, but throughout the years, Andrew Latimer remained the leader of the band.
Formed in 1972 in Surrey, Camel originally consisted of Latimer (guitar, flute, vocals), Andy Ward (drums), Doug Ferguson (bass), and keyboardist Peter Bardens, previously of Them. By the end of 1973, the group signed with MCA and released their eponymous debut. In 1974, the band switched record labels, signing with Decca’s Gama subsidiary, and released Mirage. In 1975, Camel released their breakthrough album The Snow Goose, which climbed into the British Top 30. The band’s English audience declined with 1976′s Moonmadness, but the album was more successful in America, reaching number 118 — the highest chart position the band ever attained in the U.S. Following the release of Moonmadness, Ferguson left the band and was replaced by Richard Sinclair (ex-Caravan); at the same time, the group added saxophonist Mel Collins. Latimer and Bardens conflicted during the recording of 1977′s Rain Dances and those tensions would come to a head during the making of 1978′s Breathless. After Breathless was completed, Bardens left the band. Before recording their next album, Camel replaced Bardens with two keyboardists — Kit Watkins (Happy the Man) and Jim Schelhaas (Caravan) — and replaced Sinclair with Colin Bass.
By the time Camel released their 1979 album, I Can See Your House From Here, rock & roll had been changed by the emergence of punk rock, which resulted in less press coverage for progressive rock, as well as decreased record sales. Camel suffered from this shift in popular taste — I Can See Your House From Here received less attention than any of the band’s releases since their debut. Latimer returned to writing concept albums with 1981′s Nude. In 1982, drummer Andy Ward was forced to leave the band after suffering a severe hand injury. Camel’s 1982 album, The Single Factor, was a slicker, more accessible affair than previous Camel records, but it failed to chart. Stationary Traveller (1984) was another concept album.
After the release of the 1984 live album, Pressure Points, Camel entered a long period of hibernation that lasted until the early ’90s. In 1985, Decca dropped Camel from its roster. Latimer wasn’t able to find a new label because he was embroiled in a difficult legal battle with Camel’s former manager Geoff Jukes; Camel eventually won the lawsuit in the late ’80s. Throughout this period, Camel produced no new music. In 1988, Latimer sold his home in England and moved to California, where he founded the independent label Camel Productions. By the time Camel recorded their follow-up to Stationary Traveller in the early ’90s, the band was, for most intents and purposes, simply Andrew Latimer and a handful of session musicians. Dust and Dreams (1991) was the first release on Camel Productions. In 1993, PolyGram released a double-disc Camel retrospective, Echoes. In early 1996, Camel released Harbour of Tears.

Mirage (1974) CD issue 1989
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320/Stereo) ~ 91 Mb (incl 5%)
Label: Deram | # 820 613-2 | Time: 00:38:04 | Scans ~ 261 Mb
“With their second album, Mirage, Camel begin to develop their own distinctive sound, highlighted by the group’s liquid, intricate rhythms and the wonderful, unpredictable instrumental exchanges by keyboardist Pete Bardens and guitarist Andy Latimer. Camel also distinguish themselves from their prog rock peers with the multi-part suite “Lady Fantasy,” which suggests the more complex directions they would take a few albums down the line. Also, Latimer’s graceful flute playing distinguishes several songs on the record, including “Supertwister,” and it’s clear that he has a more supple technique than such contemporaries as Ian Anderson. Camel are still ironing out some quirks in their sound on Mirage, but it’s evident that they are coming into their own.
Review by Daevid Jehnzen, Allmusic.com

01. Freefall (05:54)
02. Supertwister (03:23)
03. Nimrodel – The Procession – The White Rider (09:18)
04. Earthrise (06:41)
05. Lady Fantasy (12:45)

The Snow Goose (1975) CD issue 1988
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 237 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320/Stereo) ~ 104 Mb (incl 5%)
Label: Deram | # 800 080-2 | Time: 00:43:31 | Scans ~ 213 Mb
“Camel’s classic period started with The Snow Goose, an instrumental concept album based on a novella by Paul Gallico. Although there are no lyrics on the album — two songs feature wordless vocals — the music follows the emotional arc of the novella’s story, which is about a lonely man named Rhayader who helps nurse a wounded snow goose back to health with the help of a young girl called Fritha he recently befriended. Once the goose is healed, it is set free, but Fritha no longer visits the man because the goose is gone. Later, Rhayader is killed in battle during the evacuation of Dunkirk. The goose returned during the battle, and it is then named La Princesse Perdue, symbolizing the hopes that can still survive even during the evils of war. With such a complex fable to tell, it is no surprise that Camel keep their improvisational tendencies reined in, deciding to concentrate on surging, intricate soundscapes that telegraph the emotion of the piece without a single word. And even though The Snow Goose is an instrumental album, it is far more accessible than some of Camel’s later work, since it relies on beautiful sonic textures instead of musical experimentation.
Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Allmusic.com

01. The Great Marsh (1) (02:02)
02. Rhayader (03:01)
03. Rhayader Goes To Town (05:20)
04. Sanctuary (01:05)
05. Fritha (01:19)
06. The Snow Goose (03:12)
07. Friendship (01:44)
08. Migration (02:01)
09. Rhayader Alone (01:50)
10. Flight Of The Snow Goose (02:40)
11. Preparation (03:58)
12. Dunkirk (05:19)
13. Epitaph (02:07)
14. Fritha Alone (01:40)
15. La Princesse Perdue (04:44)
16. The Great Marsh (2) (01:20)

Moonmadness (1976) CD issue 1983 [Repost]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 269 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320/Stereo) ~ 94 Mb (incl 5%)
Label: London | # 810 879-2 | Time: 00:39:19 | Scans ~ 141 Mb
“Abandoning the lovely soundscapes of Snow Goose, Camel delved into layered guitar and synthesizers similar to those of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here on the impressive Moonmadness. Part of the reason behind the shift in musical direction was the label’s insistence that Camel venture into more commercial territory after the experimental Snow Goose, and it is true that the music on Moonmadness is more akin to traditional English progressive rock, even though it does occasionally dip into jazz-fusion territory with syncopated rhythms and shimmering keyboards. Furthermore, the songs are a little more concise and accessible than those of its predecessor. That doesn’t mean Camel has abandoned art. Moonmadness is indeed a concept album, based loosely on the personalities of each member — “Chord Change” is Peter Bardens, “Air Born” is Andy Latimer, “Lunar Sea” is Andy Ward and “Another Night” is Doug Ferguson. Certainly, it’s a concept that is considerably less defined than that of Snow Goose, and the music isn’t quite as challenging, yet that doesn’t mean that Moonmadness is devoid of pleasure. In fact, with its long stretches of atmospheric instrumentals and spacy solos, it’s quite rewarding.
Review by Daevid Jehnzen, Allmusic.com

01. Aristillus (01:56)
02. Song within a Song (07:16)
03. Chord change (06:45)
04. Spirit of the Water (02:07)
05. Another Night (06:58)
06. Air Born (05:02)
07. Lunar Sea (09:11)

Rain Dances (1977) [Repost]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 266 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320/Stereo) ~ 109 Mb (incl 5%)
Label: Deram | # 820 725-2 | Time: 00:45:29 | Scans ~ 136 Mb
“The band’s fifth release, Rain Dances is Camel at its best, offering the most consistent and representative package in their saga. The addition of Caravan-cofounder Richard Sinclair proves profitable, as do a few colorist touches by Brian Eno on “Elke.” Mel Collins’ woodwinds are among the highlights, especially on “Tell Me” and the title track. From beginning to end, this project flows gracefully.
Review by Matthew Plichta, Allmusic.com

01. First Light (05:00)
02. Metrognome (04:19)
03. Tell Me (04:08)
04. Highways Of The Sun (04:30)
05. Unevensong (05:35)
06. One Of These Days I’ll Get An Early Night (05:54)
07. Elke (04:29)
08. Skylines (04:29)
09. Rain Dances (03:01)
10. Highways Of The Sun – Single Version (04:00)

Breathless (1978) [Repost]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 298 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320/Stereo) ~ 107 Mb (incl 5%)
Label: Deram | # 820 726-2 | Time: 00:44:54 | Scans ~ 134 Mb
“With Rain Dances, Camel began exploring shorter, more concise songs, but it wasn’t until its follow-up, Breathless, that they truly made a stab at writing pop songs. Although they didn’t completely abandon improvisational prog rock — there are several fine, jazzy interludes — most of the record is comprised of shorter songs designed for radio play. While the group didn’t quite achieve that goal, Breathless is nevertheless a more accessible record than Camel’s other albums, which tend to focus on instrumentals. Here, they try to be a straightforward prog rock band, and while the results are occasionally a little muddled, it is on the whole surprisingly successful.
Review by Daevid Jehnzen, Allmusic.com

01. Breathless (04:20)
02. Echoes (07:20)
03. Wing And A Prayer (04:46)
04. Down On The Farm (04:25)
05. Starlight Ride (03:26)
06. Summer Lightning (06:10)
07. You Make Me Smile (04:18)
08. The Sleeper (07:08)
09. Rainbow’s End (03:01)

Stationary Traveller (1984)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320/Stereo) ~ 101 Mb (incl 5%)
Label: Decca | # 820 020-2 | Time: 00:42:19 | Scans ~ 277 Mb
“Although Stationary Traveller is a concept album, it musically falls into line with its predecessor The Single Factor, which found Camel trying to refashion themselves as the Alan Parsons Project. Where The Single Factor suffered from Camel’s attempts to write pop hooks, Stationary Traveller finds the band breaking down the barriers, opening up their relatively concise songs with long, atmospheric instrumental passages. The album’s lyrics, which were written by Susan Hoover, is about the divided Berlin and its political, emotional and physical divides. Often, the lyrics and music — which work as individual entities — don’t quite work together, since they follow different emotional directions, yet the record remains a worthwhile listen, especially since it features Andy Latimer on pan flute.
Review by Daevid Jehnzen, Allmusic.com

01. Pressure Points (Instrumental) (02:10)
02. Refugee (03:47)
03. Vopos (05:32)
04. Cloak And Dagger Man (03:55)
05. Stationary Traveller (Instrumental) (05:34)
06. West Berlin (05:10)
07. Fingertips (04:29)
08. Missing (Instrumental) (04:22)
09. After Words (Instrumental) (02:01)
10. Long Goodbyes (05:14)


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