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CAMEL ON THE ROAD 1982

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

2.41 | 63 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Heroes

So far, there have been three entries in the "Camel on the road"-series of archive live releases: Camel On The Road 1972 (released in 1992), the present one (released in 1994), and Camel On The Road 1981 (released in 1997). Recorded on tour in support of The Single Factor album and almost exclusively featuring tracks from the 1979 to 1982 period, Camel On The Road 1982 did not bring with it any high expectations. As such, I was positively surprised when I finally heard it. Even if several other Camel live albums are far superior to this, this one is actually not that bad at all! Newcomers to Camel's excellent live output should by no means begin here, of course, but fans of the band will probably enjoy this live album. This fan certainly did!

Five out of the 14 songs featured here were taken from The Single Factor, generally considered to be Camel's weakest studio album ever. While I totally agree that it is a weak album by Camel standards, it is not a bad album as such. 1981's Nude is, on the other hand, a very good album, represented here by three pieces. 1979's I Can See Your House From Here is represented by four songs, two of which are really good and two of which are not so very good. Never Let Go is the oldest number and the only one played here from the early days of the band's career.

The best source of Camel live in the 80's is the 1984 Pressure Points live album, but both archival releases Camel On The Road 1982 and Camel On The Road 1981 are nice, though hardly essential, additions to any Camel collection. Personally, I actually prefer the Camel of 1979 to 1984 in general over the Canterbury-influenced Camel of 1977 to 1978.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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