Camel

Camel

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English progressive rock group formed in 1971 with an original lineup of Andrew Latimer (guitar, flute, vocals), Peter Bardens (keyboards, synths, vocals), Doug Ferguson (bass, vocals) and Andy Ward (2) (drums. percussion). This lineup recorded the first four studio albums including their most commercially successful album, The Snow Goose, an entirely instrumental record released in 1975. It peaked at number 22 on the UK charts and is certified silver.

For the tour following the release of the band's fourth album, Moonmadness (1976), they were joined by former King Crimson sax player and flautist Mel Collins. In early 1977 Ferguson left and was replaced by Richard Sinclair (from Caravan) as the band moved to a jazzier sound. By the end of 1978 a series of personnel changes included the departures of Bardens, Sinclair and Collins and the additions of Colin Bass, Kit Watkins and Jan Schelhaas. Their seventh studio album, "I Can See Your House From Here" was problematic for advertisers due to the cover art: a crucified astronaut looking at Earth. It also marked Camel's return to the UK charts at number 45. The band had three further studio albums, a live album and numerous personnel changes before disbanding in 1984.

Latimer, the last original member, revived the Camel name in 1991. With various lineups four more studio albums were recorded by 2002. The band played a farewell tour in 2003. It was later disclosed that Latimer was ill and underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in 2007. He had recovered sufficiently to revive the band in 2013, recording a new version of The Snow Goose as a tribute to the late Peter Bardens. The band has toured regularly since 2013 and remains active.
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Camel Discography

Albums

Camel Camel (Album) MCA Records Israel 1973 Sell This Version
Camel Mirage (Album) Deram, Gama (3) UK 1974 Sell This Version
CN 2165/S Camel / The Raymond Froggatt Band Camel / The Raymond Froggatt Band - Stereo Pop Special-83(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2165/S UK 1974 Sell This Version
Camel The Snow Goose (Album) Decca, Gama (3) US 1975 Sell This Version
CN 2329/S Pilot / Camel Pilot / Camel - Stereo Pop Special-101(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2329/S UK 1975 Sell This Version
Camel Moonmadness (Album) Decca, Gama (3) UK 1976 Sell This Version
Camel Rain Dances (Album) Gama (3), Decca Germany 1977 Sell This Version
CN 2935/SQ Camel In Concert-159(LP, Quad, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2935/SQ UK 1977 Sell This Version
Camel A Live Record (Album, Comp) Decca Portugal 1978 Sell This Version
Camel Breathless (Album) Decca, Gama (3), Decca Greece 1978 Sell This Version
Camel I Can See Your House From Here (Album) Decca US 1979 Sell This Version
Camel Nude (Album) Decca, Gama (3) US 1981 Sell This Version
CN 3781/S Camel In Concert - 250(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3781/S UK 1981 Sell This Version
Camel The Single Factor (Album) Gama (3), Decca Canada 1982 Sell This Version
Camel Pressure Points (Album) Decca Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
Camel Stationary Traveller (Album) Decca, Decca France 1984 Sell This Version
Camel Dust And Dreams (Album) Camel Productions US 1991 Sell This Version
Camel On The Road 1972 (Album) Camel Productions UK 1992 Sell This Version
Camel Never Let Go (Album) Camel Productions, Camel Productions US 1993 Sell This Version
Camel On The Road 1982 (Album) Camel Productions US 1994 Sell This Version
Camel Harbour Of Tears (Album) Camel Productions UK 1996 Sell This Version
Camel On The Road 1981 (Album) Camel Productions US 1997 Sell This Version
Camel Coming Of Age (Album) Camel Productions Europe 1998 Sell This Version
Camel Rajaz (Album) Camel Productions Japan 1999 Sell This Version
Camel '73~'75 Gods Of Light (Album) Camel Productions UK 2000 Sell This Version