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Five albums into their recording career, Camel made their first personnel shift on Rain Dances, as Richard Sinclair (formerly of fellow Canterbury scenemates Caravan) replaced bassist Doug Ferguson, and the band gained a saxophonist for the first time in erstwhile King Crimson member Mel Collins. The album featured the first hints of the more accessible, pop-friendly direction Camel would take on their next couple of albums, and perhaps not coincidentally, marked the Brits' first appearance on the U.S. album charts. But Rain Dances is pretty evenly split between complexity and commerciality -- opening instrumental "First Light" recalls the prog glories of Camel's earlier albums, and the rather ambient instrumental piece "Elke" includes guest keyboards by ambient godfather Brian Eno himself. Still, the undeniably poppy "Highways of the Sun" proved mainstream enough to be released as a single, and "One of These Days I'll Get an Early Night" is a venture into funky jazz fusion, with Collins' sax coming to the fore. Call it the arrival of Camel Mk II.

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Welcome Back!

Having never heard Camel, I had originally bought "Rain Dances" by virtue of its cover art alone. At the time, I was eager to broaden my musical horizons by randomly sampling "unknown" artists...(unknown to me)! I was more than pleasantly surprised upon first listening to find an ecclectic mix of jazz fusion, catchy quirky pop, spaced out rock, interspersed with a beautiful melancholy. Although some of the synth work may sound a little dated, the album overall is definitely well worth a listen. No matter how varied your taste in music, I guarantee you'll come away from "Rain Dances" with something memorable.

FINALLY!!!!

Thank you for releasing this album on Itunes!! By the time I got to Skylines I was in tears. Great band, great album. Camel is on par with any of the progressive rock bands of the 70's, Genesis, Yes, King Crimson. Andrew, you are awesome...

The First Cassette Tape I Ever Purchased

I bought it on a whim. Back "in the day" we often had to buy something based on what it might sound like because of the album cover. I grew up in the rural midwest US. Unless one listened to gobs of FM radio the chance to hear less popular works by various prog bands was minimal. Either you bought because of a relation to a main "family" like King Crimson, Yes, Genesis or you bought because of the album cover. I think I bought Rain Dances at a gas station just to try out the cassette player in my Toyota SR5. I wore that cassette tape out. I'm not much for Camel but this album is special. Tell Me and Highways are my favorites. Tell Me evokes so many memories that it rips my heart out.

Biography

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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