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Symphonic Prog

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4 stars Camel - The Snow Goose (1975)

Boring or masterful?

This is an album that is different from other albums that are considered a progressive masterpiece by the many. It lacks long epics, it lacks very intelligent compositions, it almost completely lacks vocals and thus quality lyrics but compensated with heart braking melodies that always get my soft, mellow sweet moods active. It is an act of tenderness and one might say it expresses love in a very artistic way. But that's not all. There is also the bombastic intro of Rhayader Goes to Town, the dark 5/8 Preperation, the serious Great Marsh and the rockin' Dunkirk.The ground-braking idea of making a concept album without lyrics is of course to be hailed as one of the most progressive concepts. My girlfriend likes this record so much she's got an vinyl version for herself.

Though there are plenty of lovely melodies and moods, there are some less interesting moments on the album like the solo parts of Rhayader Goes To Town and some low-volume short pieces, but I wouldn't say all the intimate moments are boring. It just might not appeal to proggers who like hardcore action prog.

Conclusion. In it's own way an intimate masterpiece of symphonic rock. If ELP or technical metal is your standard you'd better skip it, but this is great way to introduce your progressive hobby to your girlfriend and have nice time together. I prefer the live version of the album, but this is also four star material!

friso | 4/5 |


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