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Rain Dances

Camel Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (22 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B000006XDW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,768 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. First Light
2. Metrognome
3. Tell Me
4. Highways Of The Sun
5. Unevensong
6. One Of These Days I'll Get An Early Night
7. Elke
8. Skylines
9. Rain Dances
10. Highways Of The Sun

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CAMEL Rain Dances (1991 German 10-track CD issue of the 1977 album picture sleeve)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow Classic 10 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
Camel's 5th album gets a third "Deluxe Edition" release on the Decca label, this time sporting 16 digitally remastered tracks. Originally released in 1977 (following on from 'Camel' in 1973, 'Mirage' in 1974, 'The Snow Goose' in 1975 and 'Moonmadness' in 1976), this edition contain all the original tracks plus the single version of 'Highways of the Sun' and an additional 6 songs recorded live for the BBC's 'In Concert' radio show. The cd also contains a booklet allegedly containing rare & never-before-seen photographs of the band.

The band sound as good as always: the multi-talented Andrew Latimer weaving his usual magic on guitar, flute and vocals, with some piano thrown in here and there for good measure! Peter Bardens is superb on keyboards; Andy Ward, for so long the thriving engine room of the band alongside Latimer, on drums. New arrival Richard Sinclair replaces Doug Ferguson on bass and support vocals - and the wonderful Mel Collins appears on saxophone. Supporting this amazing group of dynamic and creative musicians are Brian Eno (acoustic and electric piano, Mini Moog), Martin Drover on trumpet and Fiona Hibbert on harp.

Indeed, the line-up, combined with the sheer diversity of musical instruments being called upon, tell you everything you need to know about this long neglected classic. Rain Dances marks a turn of pace from the driving energy of the previous albums and marks an evolution in Camel's 'sound' which is partly reflected again in I Can See Your House From Here (1979) and then more particularly Stationary Traveller (1984). This is a more mellow sound, a fusion of jazz, prog, layers of careful arrangements and a more technical approach to the song writing.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shorter tracks plus sax! 5 Mar 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Camel's fifth album, released in September 1977, marks a shift in style following the departure of original bassist Doug Ferguson and the arrival of replacement Richard Sinclair (ex-Caravan). Moving away from the long, complex compositions of their preceding classic work 'Moonmadness', the band have produced a lighter, more jazz-oriented sound dominated by Sinclair's distinctive mellow vocals and , for the first time, the saxophone of Mel Collins. Encompassing a wide variety of styles, the tracks vary from the commercial-sounding 'Highways of the Sun' to the full-blown jazz-rock of 'One of These Days I'll Get an Early Night' . Highlights include the excellent 'Unevensong' with its tempo changes and exhilirating ending, the exquisite slow flute piece 'Elke' (Brian Eno on keyboards), and the smooth, romantic 'Tell Me'. As always with Camel, the standard of musicianship is incredibly high and they manage to squeeze more melodies into this one album than most artists can manage in their entire back-catalogue. However 'Rain Dances' does lack some of the emotional power of their earlier (and later) releases, hence the four-star rating. Overall very good but not great.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine late 70's Prog 2 Feb 2007
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This is truly classic prog rock in the true sense of the word as the songs have not dated too badly and are held together by good riffs and catchy melodies.

Camel were a favourite band of mine at university especially when staying up late at night after the pub as it is very dreamy relaxing music especially the beautiful saxophone playing of Mel Collins.

The jocular titles of a couple of the songs have dated and seem a bit corny nowadays but see beyond this and you will enjoy this truly ambient album
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for introspection. 4 Mar 2001
Format:Audio CD
Camel always enhanced the mood of this listener with their fine melodies and inspiring lyrics. Rain Dances is one of the best of the 1970's Camel albums and contains some of their finest material. The first track encapsulates the contents in its titles and throughout the album Camel continue painting pictures with their music. Good stuff and thoroughly recommended.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Remastered! 24 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
Great transitional album from Camel, with lot's of tasty input from Mel Collins. However, although this shows a release date of 2/2004...it is the 1991 edition, which could badly use the same remastering recently afforded the earlier albums. Can't wait for someone to continue that remastering series but...this is not part of it!
Meanwhile... check the new batch of Tull reissues...Sotrmwatch finally sounds good.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh yes 30 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
this album marked the first change in line up for Camel. Richard Sinclair (formerly of Caravan & Hatfield and the North) had replaced Doug Ferguson on bass and took the lead on vocals - having been described as the only rock musician who can sing - you'll have to make your own mind up on that one! With the departure of Doug Ferguson saw a slight but effective change in musical direction with a more jazzier feel to the music but achieving to maintain the emotive feel of previous albums. For most part of this CD, Camel are a five piece with saxophonist/flautist Mel Collins adding his touch to the sound. From the slowness of "Tell Me" and "Elke" to the keyboard led "Highways of the Sun" and then the pure driving rock of "Unevensong" "Skylines" and (in my opinion the best track on the album and possible one of the best in Camels repertoire) "One of these Days I'll Get an Early Night", this is an album worth listening to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kick of your shoes
Back to a golden age of transit rock
Published 17 days ago by colin crompton
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting jazzy direction
'Rain Dances' sees Camel moving into an interesting jazzier groove with the introduction of 2 new members to the fold namely ex-Caravan bassist/vocalist Richard Sinclair and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Prog Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Music of the 1970's
An excelent piece of 1970's music from a group trhat i have allways loved.
this was an excelent CD that lifted my heart a good purchase
Published 9 months ago by MR J L HAYHOW of JEZarts
5.0 out of 5 stars 1970's Progreesive Rock Excellence
For those who do not know Camel - you are in for a treat. There were many fine albums but Rain Dances and The Snowgoose have always been my favourites. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Hookerjo
5.0 out of 5 stars phenomenal
Fantastic album, and Camel's finest in my view.

The bonus tracks are nothing special, but this cd is a must if you own the original as the remastering is superb.
Published on 17 Feb 2010 by Bill Fowler
3.0 out of 5 stars Camel - Rain Dances
okay but not as good as their classics - Nude, Snow Goose, Harbour of Light
Published on 8 Feb 2010 by Mr. A. P. Palmer
1.0 out of 5 stars Drain Prances
Oh dear ... must admit this is not my bag at all.
Ponderous light ambling mush.No substance for me at all.
Mr Sinclair you should ashamed after Caravan
Published on 27 July 2009 by B. Rugg
4.0 out of 5 stars Brain dances
Despite the obvious change in style from their earlier albums, this is still classic Camel for the most part. Read more
Published on 17 July 2009 by Yellow Delaney
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good predesessor
I have owned this album on vinyl for many years, and bought the CD as it was it was cheap and my old vinyl copy is not good. Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2009 by M. A. Tozer
3.0 out of 5 stars just to complete the collection....
The mid to late 70s saw the prog music scene in turmoil as industry bosses encouraged artists to release collections of potential singles rather than albums, and Rain Dances - and... Read more
Published on 5 May 2009 by F. M. Havicon
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