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Camel

Camel never achieved the mass popularity of fellow British progressive rock bands like Genesis, King Crimson, or Pink Floyd, but they cultivated a dedicated cult following. Over the course of their career, Camel experienced numerous changes,butthroughoutthe 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),DougFerguson(bass), and keyboardist Peter Bardens, previously of Them. By the end of 1973, the group signed with MCAandreleased theireponymous debut. In 1974, the ba ...read more

Camel never achieved the mass popularity of fellow British progressive rock bands like Genesis, King Crimson, or Pink Floyd, but they cultivated a dedicated cult following. Over the course of their career, Camel experienced numerous changes,butthroughoutthe 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),DougFerguson(bass), and keyboardist Peter Bardens, previously of Them. By the end of 1973, the group signed with MCAandreleased theireponymous debut. In 1974, the band switched record labels, signing with Decca's Gama subsidiary, andreleasedMirage. In1975, Camel released their breakthrough album The Snow Goose, which climbed into the British Top 30. Theband'sEnglishaudience declined with 1976's Moonmadness, but the album was more successful in America, reaching number118 --thehighest chart position the band ever attained in the U.S. Following the release of Moonmadness, Ferguson left thebandandwas replaced by Richard Sinclair (ex-Caravan); at the same time, the group added saxophonist Mel Collins.LatimerandBardens conflicted during the recording of 1977's Rain Dances and those tensions would come to a head during themakingof1978's Breathless. After Breathless was completed, Bardens left the band. Before recording their next album,CamelreplacedBardens with two keyboardists -- Kit Watkins (Happy the Man) and Jim Schelhaas (Caravan) -- and replacedSinclairwithColin Bass.

By the time Camel released their 1979 album, I Can See Your House From Here, rock & roll had been changed bytheemergenceof punk rock, which resulted in less press coverage for progressive rock, as well as decreased record sales.Camelsufferedfrom this shift in popular taste -- I Can See Your House From Here received less attention than any of theband'sreleasessince their debut. Latimer returned to writing concept albums with 1981's Nude. In 1982, drummer Andy Wardwasforced toleave the band after suffering a severe hand injury. Camel's 1982 album, The Single Factor, was a slicker,moreaccessibleaffair than previous Camel records, but it failed to chart. Stationary Traveller (1984) was another conceptalbum.

After the release of the 1984 live album, Pressure Points, Camel entered a long period of hibernation that lasted untiltheearly'90s. In 1985, Decca dropped Camel from its roster. Latimer wasn't able to find a new label because he was embroiledinadifficult legal battle with Camel's former manager Geoff Jukes; Camel eventually won the lawsuit in the late'80s.Throughoutthis period, Camel produced no new music. In 1988, Latimer sold his home in England and moved toCalifornia,where hefounded the independent label Camel Productions. By the time Camel recorded their follow-up to StationaryTravellerin theearly '90s, the band was, for most intents and purposes, simply Andrew Latimer and a handful of sessionmusicians.Dust andDreams (1991) was the first release on Camel Productions. In 1993, PolyGram released a double-discCamelretrospective,Echoes. In early 1996, Camel released Harbour of Tears. « hide

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LPs
A Nod and a Wink
2002

3.9
107 Votes
Rajaz
1999

4.1
158 Votes
Harbour of Tears
1996

3.9
90 Votes
Dust and Dreams
1991

3.6
66 Votes
Stationary Traveller
1984

3.5
98 Votes
The Single Factor
1982

2.6
72 Votes
Nude
1981

3.5
96 Votes
I Can See Your House From Here
1979

3.1
87 Votes
Breathless
1978

3.5
114 Votes
Rain Dances
1977

3.7
164 Votes
Moonmadness
1976

4.4
501 Votes
The Snow Goose
1975

4.3
425 Votes
Mirage
1974

4.5
816 Votes
Camel
1973

4.2
343 Votes
Live Albums
The Paris Collection
2001

2.4
5 Votes
Gods of Light
2000

3
5 Votes
Coming of Age
1998

4.2
9 Votes
On the Road 1981
1997

2.9
4 Votes
On the Road 1982
1994

2.5
4 Votes
Never Let Go
1993

3.9
9 Votes
On the Road 1972
1992

3.6
8 Votes
Pressure Points
1984

3.1
9 Votes
A Live Record
1978

4.1
31 Votes
Compilations
The Snow Goose 2013
10/22/2013

4.2
8 Votes
Lunar Sea
2001

3.5
3 Votes
Camel (25th Anniversary Compilation)
1997

3
2 Votes
Echoes
1993

4
5 Votes
Landscapes
1991

2.3
2 Votes
A Compact Compilation
1986

3.3
4 Votes
The Collection
1985

2.5
2 Votes
Chameleon: The Best of Camel
1981

2
1 Votes

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