There is just one song that is not taken from a studio album, Ligging at Louis'. This six and a half minute instrumental unfortunately suffers from the same symptoms as the other 'Six minute Camel instrumentals': it is very well played, but rather forgettable. Still, it's good to include something unreleased on the live album.
Lady Fantasy is played just as well as it is on the album, although the last section lacks some of the punch of the studio version. This version is longer than the album version, and there's no points for guessing that the extended part lies in the guitar solo before the Saw you It would have been a travesty if this song were not on the album! It's brilliant to hear this wonderful song live, I wish I could have been there.
Of course the second disc is devoted to 'The Snow Goose'. If you do not already have the album, then I strongly advise you get that before hearing this. The important thing about the live version is that the group are accompanied by none other than the London Symphony Orchestra. They perfectly augment the band here, and really bring the album to life. Of course, hearing the entire album live allows you to reassess your thoughts about the studio version.
It's easy to enjoy even the duller parts of the album here, because there's just so satisfying about hearing the entire of something cough Never Let Go cough. The suite is played very faithfully to the studio version, with few surprises. There is however a big detour at Migration where the band perform something completely new before returning to the song. However, on this recorded version, I hear a lot more passion in the songs.
For example, the end of Dunkirk is played spectacularly, and you can hear the band and the orchestra going crazy! Not a note wrong either! Everything feels more exciting, and the quality of the recording is crystal clear. After hearing the studio version, I'd say this is how the album was meant to be heard. With so many great tracks being played beautifully, I'd say this album essential to any Camel fan.
Being taken from several concerts over several years, this serves as a photo album to Camel's early years live. We mustn't get ahead of ourselves though, this is a live album, and it's hard to say that live albums are essential although I'm sure there are a few essential ones. Very good live album! Well, Camel's A Live Record is an album I've been meaning to review for a couple of years, due to my love for it, however for x or y reason I am writing until now, and i actually don't really have to add anything that has not said before, because this is well known and better loved album which has only one or two innocent detractors.
So in , when the world was about to reach that so called 80s decade, and when progressive rock was about to suffer a metamorphosis, Camel offered this extraordinary performance which any progressive rock fan would have loved to witness. Cleverly, they made it a two-CD album that can be easier to listen and dig, though listening to both CD's in a row, will make your day. What will you find here? Name it Canterbury, symphonic, jazz, etc. For live albums and compilations I don't use to review track by track, as I normally do, so I will only mention some important things.
CD one consists on one of the best concert openers I've ever listened: an extraordinary version of "Never let go" with Mel Collins on sax. Once you listen to it, you would not want it to end.
On this minute first CD you will also listen to fabulous songs and fabulously performed such as "Song Within a Song", "Lunar Sea", and of course, the unique "Lady Fantasy", closing what you could call the first half of the record. In the second CD, you will listen to the whole "Snow Goose" album, yes, all the sixteen tracks featured in the original studio album.
So if you love that album like me then you will have a feast here, you will have a great time, believe me. Though most of the songs are played as in the album, some others were extended, with new sounds and arrangements, not an improvisation, but well-structured and thought changes. So, I invite you to listen to this piece of gold. As you guess, my final grade will be five stars. Enjoy it! The big gaping problem is that the songs seem so devoid of life.
I don't regard Camel as the most dynamic group on Planet Earth, but they can create energy and excitement in the studio. On this live album, Sinclair seems to be the only one putting some vitality into the performances; everyone else sounds so cold and deadpan that it ruins the experience.
I'm half asleep throughout the whole album. Many of the other songs from their classic period suffer the same thing, but with terribly muffled vocals. I don't enjoy live albums in general. I don't get a thrill out of finding ''the definitive version'' of a song simply because I usually go after studio albums, and the studio songs are usually the first times I hear the songs and I base my opinion off them.
Hearing another live version is only going to tilt my head if the song has anything noticeably different. This album sounds poorly recorded, and I can't make out the vocals half the time.
Camel did well in the studio; seek out those albums and come here only if you're a diehard fan. Reviewing the CD re-issue with bonus tracks. The Good: Great setlist, great performances, solid production, pretty much all you could ask for really. Whilst I usually find The Snow Goose to be slightly tame and just a bit bland, this version, with the addition of live orchestra and subtle improvisation make it a more enjoyable experience than its studio counterpart.
The Bad: Hearing tracks taken from different studio albums all grouped together makes me realise how formulaic the structure of Camel's compositions can be. In addition the Lady Fantasy guitar solo was another lukewarm anti-climax, I have yet to hear a live recording which manages to captures the fuse-blowing energy of the studio version. The Verdict: If you want Camel and you want them live then look no further.
I've grown on Mel Collins' saxophone work in particular, which means I'm especially appreciative of the performances of older material from the Rain Dances tour, with rearrangements of these classic Camel tracks performed to add in Mel's saxophone. Even in the old edition, of course, disc two was a Camel fan's delight - a complete performance of the classic Snow Goose album, backed by the London Symphony Orchestra. The band are never upstaged by the orchestra, who are present mainly to add texture, and the occasional flourishes Latimer and Bardens slip into their performances make this an intriguing alternate version of the album for fans.
So I'd revise my old mark for this from three stars to five, provided you retain the extra tracks offered on the superb recent remaster of this set. It was originally released as a double vinyl disk with recordings taken from three different live tours of the group. The first disk, features recordings taken from their second studio album 'Mirage' released in , when they toured the album and from their fifth studio album 'Rain Dances' released in when they toured this album too.
The first track 'Never Let Go' originally recorded on Camel in and the second track 'Song Within A Song' originally recorded on 'Moonmadness' in , were recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, in October and were taken from the 'Rain Dances' live tour.
The third track 'Lunar Sea' also originally recorded on 'Moonmadness' was recorded at the Colston Hall, Bristol in October and was also taken from the 'Rain Dances' live tour. The fourth track 'Skylines' originally recorded on 'Rain Dances' in was recorded at Leeds University, Leeds, also in October , and was also taken from the 'Rain Dances' live tour.
The second disk is devoted to a complete live performance of the band's instrumental conceptual album 'The Snow Goose' released in , during the live tour of the album made in and was performed with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The line up of Camel on this live album is Andrew Latimer lead vocals, guitars and flutes , Peter Bardens keyboards , Doug Fergusson bass , Andy Ward drums and percussion , Mel Collins saxophones and flute and Richard Sinclair vocals and bass. Sinclair, an ex-member of Caravan, replaced Doug Fergusson who was the original bassist and founding member of the band that left Camel in the early of , after the release of the band's fourth studio album, 'Moonmadness'.
Collins joined the group at the same time of Sinclair and both participated on the Camel's fifth studio album 'Rain Dances' as band members. Given the recording sessions correspond to different years in different stages, between and , and the group had two different bass players, Sinclair plays on tracks one, two, three and four of the first CD and Fergusson plays on tracks five and six of the same CD and throughout all the second CD.
Collins plays on the same tracks that Sinclair plays, namely on tracks one, two, three and four of the first CD. About the performance, the album opens with 'Never Let Go' that sounds completely different from the original version from their debut. This one is a lot jazzier and is probably how it would have sounded if it had been written and recorded to 'Rain Dances'. Definitely interesting, it's no substitute for the superior original.
However, it remains a great version. Then we go a few years back in time to hear the band perform the then brand new 'The Snow Goose'. It's overall a good performance with a few interesting differences from the original, such as the additional solo on 'Migration' and the theme on 'Flight Of The Snow Goose' being played on organ instead of synthesizer. Conclusion: This Camel live album certainly shows the band's strength on stage during the early years of the group.
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This two-set show will also embrace compositions recorded throughout those years in a personal covenant of appreciation for a deeply rewarding life of music. All songs by Peter Bardens and Andrew Latimer. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 24 June Charleston Daily Mail : 6. Archived from the original on 19 May Official Camel Website.The Snow Goose is the third studio album by the band Camel, released in The critical success of "The White Rider" suite (based on J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and appearing on the band's previous album, Mirage) inspired the group to write more novel-inspired conceptual suites.