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Nice debut, but the best is yet to come!
on 29 February 2012
I have a number of Camel albums, but had never heard this one until I bought it (at a very good price, bearing in mind the extra tracks!).
I can't say that for me it is worth 5 stars, as everyone else seems to have given it, but nevertheless it represents a pretty strong debut album, although for me it has, at first listen, fewer memorable songs than some of the others. I also found Andy Latimer's usually exquisite guitar sound to be a bit "processed" on this album. His style and sound really developed a little later, and to me he has remained one of the outstanding "lyrical" guitar players, with roots in the blues, but the ability to play in a variety of styles whilst retaining the emotional quality of the music.
Strange as it may seem, to me there is a definite hint of Santana to some of the tracks, particularly in the rhythm section.
Good to have the extra tracks, and to hear the original version of Never Let Go, not only once, but twice, with both the album and single versions. The live track "Homage To The God Of Light"" is also nice, and reminds me of some of the work Peter Bardens did on his late 60s/early 70s solo albums.
His Hammond organ sound is exactly as it should be, and the playing matches!
A word also about the rhythm section, who are top class.
All in all, for me, a very nice, but not essential album.