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Over the course of 59 tracks, Rainbow's End not only includes the key tracks from each of the albums U.K. prog legends Camel made during their initial mid-'70s-to-mid-'80s run, it also features an abundance of live recordings from all through the band's career. The largely chronological set follows the band from its beginnings as an outgrowth of the '70s Canterbury scene, turning out organ-heavy, relatively visceral art rock, to their adoption of a more complex, classically influenced approach that reached its apex with the 1975 prog milestone The Snow Goose, an instrumental suite that defined bandleader/guitarist/flautist Andy Latimer's lyrical approach to melody. By the late '70s, Camel was moving toward a simpler, more "accessible" style, and Rainbow's End dutifully follows that evolution as well, carefully picking the choice cuts representing both the poppier and proggier ends of Camel's sonic spectrum from such albums as Breathless and Nude. And even hardcore fans that own all the albums will surely be tempted by the rich array of live material.

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Camel through the deserts of time...

Camel is one of the most underrated progressive rock/jazz bands of the last 4 decades. Any collection that includes Pink Floyd, early Genesis, PFM, Jethro Tull and Yes should include all of Camel's core releases. This compilation comes years after a prior set called "Echoes" and expands on that lineup of key tracks from their long stay with Decca Music. It covers material from their first release "Camel" through the last Decca release "Stationary Traveler" presenting a handful of tracks from each, along with a nice selection of live songs. If you sample some of these tracks and enjoy Camel, you may prefer to begin your collection with 1975's "Snow Goose", or 1976's "Moonmadness", both of which are heavier on the hammond organ and lighter on the synths. My personal favorite is the more electric, jazzier "Rain Dances" from 1977. If you go the album route, still be sure to download "Liggin at Louis" from this set which is also found on "Camel A Live Record" and is a fan favorite. Otherwise, download this set and enjoy - you will be back for more!

Where was I?

Okay, as a person who grew up listening to Yes, King Crimson, Tull, early Genesis and ELP, how did I miss out on Camel? What a great progressive rock band Camel truly is. Impressive production values bolster great musicianship and song writing on this set. I risked $30 on this overview of Camel's music, and am I ever glad I did. Now it is time to explore their previous albums. Actually I am glad that I missed the boat on Camel so many years ago, because now I have something to look forward to.

Great band!!!!

It is strange that a lot of people never heard of this great band from the 70's and 80's. Camel is without any doubt one of the most talented progressive bands in the world. Just listen to the guitar solos and they will take you ago another dimension.

Escuchen a esta super talentosa banda progresiva, y con un poco de tiempo de oírla, ya se les pegara de por vida el sonido peculiar que poseen.


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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