Caamora — Journey's End... An Acoustic Anthology
(Metal Mind MASS CD 1237 DGD, 2008, 2CD)
by Paul Hightower, Published 2009-07-01To recap: Caamora is the musical partnership of Clive Nolan (Arena, Pendragon, Strangers on a Train, etc.) and Polish singer Agnieszka Swita. Last year they recorded an original musical theatre score based on H. Rider Haggard’s story She. They also performed the work live in Poland, captured on DVD. Stylistically the music of Caamora is a cross between the bombastic symphonic prog of Nolan’s various bands and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera. This two-disk set follows Nolan and Swita on the road, performing songs from She, as well as other tunes from Nolan’s repertoire, to audiences in Europe and South America. In some instances Nolan and Swita perform as a duo, though in other locations they are joined by guest performers, including Christine Booth on “The Bonding” and Argentinean singer Medina on “Salamander.” In Chile, Claudio Momberg (keys) and José Luis Ramos (bass) guest on several tracks, delivering the fullest band sound on the collection. But whether other musicians are present or not, the songs generally succeed because they were developed as voice and piano pieces from the get-go, so any additional instrumentation merely fleshes out the essentials. At their core the melodies and vocal lines are well written, so the listener simply gets a nice variety of treatments depending on who’s on stage. Swita is uniformly solid in her delivery, as is Nolan even though he lacks her chops or range. But in duet mode they harmonize well and the performances are sincere. The audience responses are enthusiastic, so for those who couldn’t catch Caamora on stage this set will make sure you don’t feel left out. As an extra inducement, She demos, tracks from previously released EPs (including Swita’s gorgeous “Grunwald” and the Enya-like “In Aeternum”) are included, along with a lengthy radio interview.
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more