Camel — Camel
(Camel Productions CP-002CD, 1973/1992, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 2017-04-27
Most used record stores in the late 80s had multiple batches of Camel albums, in fact the record shop owner who introduced me to them gave me Rain Dances first, which even to this day was a bit borderline for my tastes and slipping a little bit into sentimental territory, despite having Richard Sinclair on board. So it was a little bit later that I explored the catalog backwards. I covered Camel's second album Mirage in a previous tier, but where that one is a bit of an obvious pick among a lot of fans, the band's debut album is perhaps somewhat underrated and not talked about enough. If you go back farther to some of the live material in 1972 you can easily see that Santana is a somewhat looming influence on the group and there's still a touch of that on the debut, mostly thanks to all the organ and guitar trading off. Where by Snow Goose, Camel would be venturing into more romantic territory, early on I think they were a bit more energetic and exciting with a slight ear to more popular songwriting like "Never Let Go" or the fantastic opener "Slow Yourself Down." And they had an important quality to a lot of the early English 70s bands, a somewhat hippie naiveté that is mostly completely lost in the modern age. A tremendous, brilliant opening move by a long-running and important UK group.
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more