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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MUPS 473 Camel - Camel album art Camel Camel (Album) MCA Records MUPS 473 Israel 1973 Sell This Version
SML 1107 Camel - Mirage album art Camel Mirage (Album) Deram, Gama (3) SML 1107 UK 1974 Sell This Version
CN 2165/S Camel - Stereo Pop Special-83 album art 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
SKL-R 52072 Camel - The Snow Goose album art Camel The Snow Goose (Album, Comp) Decca, Gama (3) SKL-R 52072 Israel 1975 Sell This Version
CN 2329/S Camel - Stereo Pop Special-101 album art Pilot / Camel Pilot / Camel - Stereo Pop Special-101(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2329/S UK 1975 Sell This Version
JXS 7024 Camel - Moonmadness album art Camel Moonmadness (Album) Decca, Gama (3) JXS 7024 US 1976 Sell This Version
KTXC-R 124 Camel - Rain Dances album art Camel Rain Dances (Album) Gama (3), Decca KTXC-R 124 UK 1977 Sell This Version
CN 2935/SQ Camel - In Concert-159 album art Camel In Concert-159(LP, Quad, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 2935/SQ UK 1977 Sell This Version
GP 1101 Camel - Breathless album art Camel Breathless (Album) Decca, Gama (3), Decca, Gama (3) GP 1101 Japan 1978 Sell This Version
DBC-R7/8 Camel - A Live Record album art Camel A Live Record (Album, Comp) Decca DBC-R7/8 UK 1978 Sell This Version
TXS 3156 Camel - I Can See Your House From Here album art Camel I Can See Your House From Here (Album) Decca TXS 3156 Spain 1979 Sell This Version
SKL 5323 Camel - Nude album art Camel Nude (Album) Decca, Gama (3) SKL 5323 UK 1981 Sell This Version
CN 3781/S Camel - In Concert-250 album art Camel In Concert-250(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3781/S UK 1981 Sell This Version
PB 5004, PL 5004 Camel - The Single Factor album art Camel The Single Factor (Album) Gama (3), Decca PB 5004, PL 5004 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
821 504-1 Camel - Stationary Traveller album art Camel Stationary Traveller (Album) Decca, Decca 821 504-1 France 1984 Sell This Version
823 764-1 Camel - Pressure Points album art Camel Pressure Points (Album) Decca 823 764-1 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
CP-001CD Camel - Dust And Dreams album art Camel Dust And Dreams (Album) Camel Productions CP-001CD Canada 1991 Sell This Version
CP-003CD Camel - On The Road 1972 album art Camel On The Road 1972 (Album) Camel Productions CP-003CD US 1992 Sell This Version
CP-004CD, CP004CD Camel - Never Let Go album art Camel Never Let Go (Album) Camel Productions, Camel Productions CP-004CD, CP004CD US 1993 Sell This Version
CP-005CD Camel - On The Road 1982 album art Camel On The Road 1982 (Album) Camel Productions CP-005CD US 1994 Sell This Version
PCCY-00864 Camel - Harbour Of Tears album art Camel Harbour Of Tears (Album) Camel Productions PCCY-00864 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
D-1359 Camel - On The Road 1981 album art Camel On The Road 1981 (Album) Camel Productions D-1359 South Korea 1997 Sell This Version
CP-008CD Camel - Coming Of Age album art Camel Coming Of Age (Album) Camel Productions CP-008CD US 1998 Sell This Version
CP-009CD Camel - Rajaz album art Camel Rajaz (Album) Camel Productions CP-009CD Europe 1999 Sell This Version
CRESTCD 057 Z Camel - '73~'75 Gods Of Light album art Camel '73~'75 Gods Of Light (Album) Camel Productions CRESTCD 057 Z UK 2000 Sell This Version

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AlanTheLad

AlanTheLad

February 17, 2021
I’ve seen all the big names in Prog, BJH, ELP, PINK FLOYD, GENESIS, YES, KING CRIMSON. But Camel always stands out for me and never got the recognition they deserved.
Expansive09

Expansive09

March 5, 2019
People i.e. prog-heads/music nerds place Genesis, ELP and Yes on a pedestal and a milestone of that genre but there are some of us who believe Camel deserved much more exposure than the band never received thru-out the 1970s especially here in the US. The band was just as technically inclined and mastered the art of complex compositions drawn on European classical influences.
Andy Latimer has always been the flame that has kept the band alive and regardless of Pete Barden's and a few other original member of the band not included in later releases there are still some really great albums Camel released even when trying to conform to the changing times i.e. shorter popier compositions.
Well I tell you this album has one track that alone is worth the price of admission ICE! Its has that heart wrenching melancholy that Wind & Wuthering Genesis managed to conjure up in the guts of the slow waning Rhodes piano and beautiful guitar melodies.
Kit Watkins and Jan on keyboards provided an exceptional foundation to Andy's guitar work and even tho Pete's signature sounds is gone south the before mentioned musicians where strong contenders for supporting the band the later 70s ie.. the death nail era for conceptual rock!
I wont say this is Camels finest moments those where obviously Moonmadness and The Snow Goose however I don't believe personally Camel ever made a bad record they all in someway always point to the direction from whence their roots began i.e. progressive rock!
nasobem69

nasobem69

January 28, 2017
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CAMEL: ROCK FESTIVAL LONDON 1974
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