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While Camel's first two albums helped establish the band as a valuable exponent of U.K. prog rock's Canterbury scene, The Snow Goose, placed the band among the most accomplished art-rockers around. The all-instrumental suite inspired by the Paul Gallico novella of the same name is regarded as a landmark prog record, but it was originally intended to include lyrics based on the book's text; this idea was abandoned when Gallico claimed copyright infringement. It was for the best, though; the elegantly realized tunes -- each corresponding to a different section of the story -- feel absolutely complete sans words. Penned by guitarist/flautist Andy Latimer and keyboardist Pete Bardens, the individual movements of the suite employ flowing melodic lines offset by graceful counterpoint as Latimer's flute and guitar dance around Bardens's organ, synth, and piano, but when the London Symphony Orchestra enters, with sympathetic arrangements by David Bedford, The Snow Goose truly achieves the organic blend of rock and classical music that prog rock so often strives to attain.

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Camel rules

Camel was one of the best prog rock bands. Being in the class of '77 we worn the grooves off this ablum. Hey' iTunes how about some Triumvirat!!!!!

"Amazing" cannot suffice

I cannot really find the words do this album any justice, but I will certainly try. About two or three years ago, I was introduced to this classic rock group and was blown away, for in the twelve years that I studied rock music, I never heard of Camel before. Music Inspired by the Snow Goose is a wonderful journey that is a must for everyone who enjoys complex music. Aside from this, check out the first five albums from Camel as well, for they are all amazing.

Best prog album you've never heard of

Snow Goose is an epic progressive rock masterpiece. I discovered Camel for myself in 1992 and quickly bought all I could find. Do yourself a favor and get Mirage next.


Formed: 1972 in Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Camel never achieved the mass popularity of fellow British progressive rock bands like the Alan Parsons Project, but they cultivated a dedicated cult following. Over the course of their career, Camel experienced numerous changes, but throughout the years, Andrew Latimer remained the leader of the band. Formed in 1972 in Surrey, Camel originally consisted of Latimer (guitar, flute, vocals), Andy Ward (drums), Doug Ferguson (bass), and keyboardist Peter Bardens, previously of Them. By the end of...
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