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A LIVE RECORD

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.32 | 368 ratings

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memowakeman
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5 stars Superb live album!

Well, Camel's A Live Record is an album I've been meaning to review for a couple of years, due to my love for it, however for x or y reason I am writing until now, and i actually don't really have to add anything that has not said before, because this is well known and better loved album which has only one or two innocent detractors.

So in 1978, when the world was about to reach that so called 80s decade, and when progressive rock was about to suffer a metamorphosis, Camel offered this extraordinary performance which any progressive rock fan would have loved to witness. Cleverly, they made it a two-CD album that can be easier to listen and dig, though listening to both CD's in a row, will make your day.

What will you find here? Name it Canterbury, symphonic, jazz, etc., it is easier to say that you will find first-class progressive rock and that's it, don't put limits to the labels, and of course don't limit your mind, yourself, just take a seat or have rest and listen to this wonderful record.

For live albums and compilations I don't use to review track by track, as I normally do, so I will only mention some important things. CD one consists on one of the best concert openers I've ever listened: an extraordinary version of "Never let go" with Mel Collins on sax. Once you listen to it, you would not want it to end. On this 49-minute first CD you will also listen to fabulous songs (and fabulously performed) such as "Song Within a Song", "Lunar Sea", and of course, the unique "Lady Fantasy", closing what you could call the first half of the record.

In the second CD, you will listen to the whole "Snow Goose" album, yes, all the sixteen tracks featured in the original studio album. So if you love that album (like me) then you will have a feast here, you will have a great time, believe me. Though most of the songs are played as in the album, some others were extended, with new sounds and arrangements, not an improvisation, but well-structured and thought changes.

So, I invite you to listen to this piece of gold. As you guess, my final grade will be five stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 5/5 |

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