|Produced by Dave Williams|
|Released on February 1973|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
A s debuts go, Camel takes the high road in search of a suitable resting place for astral travellers. The superlative playing and band chemistry is already in place, what remained was the reining in of musical possibilities to focus on a signature Camel sound. And you can already make out the shape of things to come (Mirage) on tracks like “Mystic Queen.” But Camel is still sorting out what path to follow, which included the difficult road of Gentle Giant (“Curiosity”) and the sultrier lands of Santana (“Slow Yourself Down”). There’s no question that Camel’s debut will prove a hospitable oasis for prog fans over time (similar to Gentle Giant’s Acquiring The Taste), though listeners who sampled their later masterworks first (which were easier to find in record stores) may need a few spins before the “new” old Camel sinks in. Instrumental jams like “Arubaluba” and “Six Ate,” for example, might taste a little heavy to anyone raised on the refined airs of Snow Goose or Moonmadness. (In fairness, the superior Mirage still found the band fine-tuning the right mixture of sounds.) Likewise, Camel doesn’t really work on a conceptual level -- although how many bands wrote concept albums the first time out? There are consistent themes of joining and unjoining that might cause the wandering mind to speculate, but nothing like the miniature epics on Mirage or the scripted Snow Goose. Given that the band drifted from the progressive waters beginning with Rain Dances, fans of classic Camel should drink from the past before venturing into the (sometimes inhospitable) future.
|CP-002CD booklet back cover|
PETER BARDENS -- organ, mellotron, piano, VCS3 synthesizer, vocals (5)
DOUG FERGUSON -- bass and vocals (2,6)
ANDREW LATIMER -- guitar and vocals (1,4)
ANDY WARD -- drums and percussion
Eddie -- congas (1)
Tony Cox -- synthesizer operator
Roger Quested -- engineer
Modula -- cover artwork
Brian Cooke -- photography
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||February 1973||MCA||LP||MCF 2665|
|JPN||MCA||CDXLE||UICY-9204||limited edition digital remaster
w. bonus tracks
|GER||2002||Universal||CDX||882 935||digital remaster w. bonus tracks|
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