- Audio CD (11 Oct 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Camel
- ASIN: B00002MIDO
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Three Wishes|
|2. Lost And Found|
|3. The Final Encore|
|6. Straight To My Heart|
1. Take all of the best bits of Camel through the years (eg Ice, the solo from Lies, Unevensong, Never Let Go, Stationary Traveller, etc, etc.)
2. Lob in a bit of blues, a bit of Pat Metheny (but better) and Santana.
3. Record over a few months with finer quality than previously.
4. No need to allow to go cool as it already is!
I agree with all of the reviews below. Camel have produced their finest album for years. I've hardly taken it off the CD player since I bought it, my wife is filing for divorce on the grounds of aural torture (the philistine), but I don't care as long as I get possession of the album.
If you like(d) Camel, or just enjoy beautifully toned guitars superbly played, buy this album!
The album continues with Latimer sounding at times like Clapton and at others like Gilmour, although with a distinctive voice all his own. The sound is clear and more open than in previous offerings, and I get the impression that the material benefits greatly from being given more room to breathe. My only reservation is that whilst Ton Scherpenzeel's contribution is excellent, his obvious skill and talent would have shone more brightly if he had actually been present with the others in the studio at the time of recording. While technology is a wonderful thing, there are times when there is just no substitute for real physical presence.
In any event, Rajaz moves from spine tingling guitar work to laid-back rocking chair musings with ease and aplomb. Supported by astmospheric and often dramatic bass from Colin Bass and haunting keyboards from Ton Scherpenzeel, the music will delight Camel fans both old and new.
I am glad to see that Camel have now gotten the "concept album" out of their systems and have turned to a good album of songs. In my opinion, this gives each song the room it needs to state its identity and not get lost in a narrative framework. This, I think, is where Dust and Dreams and Harbour of Tears fell a little short.Read more ›