Exposé Online banner

Various Artists — Camel Tribute - Harbour of Joy
(Mellow MMP 229A/B, 1996, 2CD)

by Dan Casey, Published 1997-02-01

Camel Tribute - Harbour of Joy Cover art

Add this to the alarmingly long list of tribute albums that have cropped up so fashionably over the last year or so. If you've paid any attention to the tide of tributes, you'll find a number of the bands that appear here have appeared on other tributes as well. This time around the Italian record label Mellow is driving the ship, but the bands represented here are from all over the place. The highlights from this whopping 2CD set will jump right out at you: Fonya's medley of "First Light / Rain Dances / White Rider" and Mysia's way extended version of "Pressure Points" are very noteworthy entries. As to be expected, the contributions vary in quality, and none of the guitarists here can really hold a candle to the man himself, Mr. Andy Latimer. It's his chemistry with the original Camel that made that band so important, and make these imitations of honorable intention always one step short of the originals. There are some songs that appear more than once, perhaps hinting that this album would have benefited from some editing too. Nevertheless, Camel fans should check it out — it has its moments.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Cast, Glass Hammer, Camel, Finisterre, Various Artists, Galahad, Chris Fournier (Fonya), Zauber, Peter Bardens

Latest news

2017-05-19
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

2017-05-05
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

2017-05-02
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

2017-04-16
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

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Soft Machine - Live at Henie Onstad Art Centre 1971 – The challenge for any archivist of the Soft Machine catalog has been to present just what it was like to attend a performance by the classic line-up of Wyatt, Dean, Ratledge, and Hopper. Now with half...  (2011) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues