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Camel - Coming Of Age (DVD) CD (album) cover




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4 stars Camel - Coming of Age DVD (1998)

Showing us what it is.

This is perhaps the best Camel dvd to date. It has a two-part set-list. In the first halve of the concert Camel plays repertoire of all over there career with a focus on the Snow Goose and the strong middle section of the Nude-album. In the second halve the band plays the at the time newest album, Harbours of Tears. The first halve is a bit more exciting then the integrated version of Harbous of Tears, but the latter has a sort of different quality. The emotional matured song-writing, the extremely symphonic passages and strong songs like Mother Road and Watching The Bobbins are very up-lifting.

The band sound extremely professional, without making a single mistake. The vocals are good, though perhaps Camel never had amazing vocals. It's part of their atmosphere. The guitars are amazing throughout. In fact, I have troubles with finishing the dvd because I want to play my own guitar! Truly inspiring, emotional guitar playing. Andy Latimer is one of my favorite guitarists and this dvd is truly a good example of why that is so. The other band-members do fine job to. The sympathetic Colin Bass does a great job on both vocals and.. yeah bass-guitar. The keys by Foss Patterson are accurate, but a vintage sound would have been better. Finally, the drums are good and on some instrumental passages a great achievement.

Though the band is perhaps one of the most professional bands of the progressive genre, their image is.. .well it's absent. The footage, the people involved, it is really a realistic view on a concert. There isn't much light-show, it's just a great band playing their great music. Somehow this feel right with the music, but it is important to know if you are considering to purchase this dvd.

Conclusion. A great, realistic live performance of a great band in great shape. The track-listing is good (perhaps not perfect) and the footage is relaxing. Four stars.

friso | 4/5 |


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