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Camel - 1973 - Camel
Opa-LokaDate: Friday, 23 May 2008, 17:39 | Message # 1
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Camel - 1973 - Camel

Track listing :
01. Slow Yourself Down (4:45)
02. Mystic Queen (5:53)
03. Six Ate (5:57)
04. Separation (4:54)
05. Never Let Go (6:20)
06. Curiosity (5:52)
07. Arubaluda (6:26)
08. Never Let Go (single version) (3:36)
09. Homage To The God Of Light (Live At The Marquee Club 29-10-1974) (19:01)

Total Time: 40:07

Line-up :

- Andy Ward / drums, percussion
- Doug Ferguson / bass, vocal (2 & 6)
- Peter Bardens / keyboards, vocal (5)
- Andy Latimer / guitar, vocal (1 & 4)

The roots of Camel can be already found in 1969 when guitarist/flute player/vocalist Andrew Latimer (born on May 17, 1947), bassist Doug Ferguson and only 14-year-old drummer Andy Ward met in the band The Brew as a trio. In 1970, the trio teamed up with singing keyboardist and changed the name according to him to Phillip Goodhand – Tait. But at the end of the same year, Phillip quit the band. In May of 1971, Peter Bardens, a keyboard player (ex Them), came to strengthen the orphaned trio. The new quartet formed in Surrey chose the name Camel. December 4, 1971 was the day of the band first performance as a support band of more famous Wishbone Ash.

In August of 1972, Camel signed the contract with MCA Records and by the end of 1973, the band released the debut album "Camel". [more]

Their self-titled debut was a quite rough and unpolished product, but it still featured the two first classic Camel-tracks with the beautiful "Mystic Queen" and the catchy "Never Let Go". Both tracks demonstrated the group's ability to write very strong vocal-melodies combined with lengthy and tasty instrumental-passages. "Never Let Go" also featured one of the few examples recorded of a mellotron-solo. "Separation" and the opener "Slow Yourself Down" are both harder rock tracks where the latter one is the most complex and progressive, featuring some excellent solos from Latimer and Bardens. There are also two pure instrumental-numbers here with the jazzy "Six Ate" and the energetic "Arubaluba". The energy on the latter one may sounds a bit forced, but it still demonstrated well what a tight unit Camel were. Overall, a promising, exciting and interesting debut.

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