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Stationary Traveller (Remastered/Expanded)
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2003
I've been a long-time fan of Camel, but this album has consistently been one of my favourites. The theme of a Berlin divided by the wall, and of dreams of escape, may now be slightly dated - but the music isn't. Andy's guitar is (as ever) quite wonderful. 'West Berlin' has one of those hooks that singers would happily die for (or - if you're a Peter Gabriel fan, you'll know what I mean when I say you'd cheerfully sell your granny). 'Vopos' has real darkness and menace whilst the opening intrumental on the CD is a mixture of both threat and promise. (This solo was much-extended in a subsequent live recording). One or two of the later tracks lack the power of those at the start but this is still a really good album and well worth a listen.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 5 June 2001
For many years we thought this intelligent, meloddic, atmospheric and unpretentious concept album (there aren't many) would be Camel's final work. Thankfully, the band returned in the 1990s, and is better than ever.
There are some many magnificent moments on this CD: the eerie instrumental intro, brilliant songs like "West Berlin", "Vopos" and "Fingertips", the astounding title track, one of the greatest ever rock instrumental, we could go on.
I hated the mid-80s as my favourite progressive groups had split, lost it or gone commercial. Camel managed to produce a magnificent, modern album that was not a throwback to the 70s. Brilliant.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2001
This 1984 release was Camel's last studio recording with Decca Records and their last of the 80s (Camel returned with renewed vigour on their own independent label with 'Dust and Dreams' in 1992). As such, it ensured that the band, now based firmly around Andy Latimer's guitar and flute and Colin Bass' solid bass playing, exited on a high note. Inspired by the 1961 building of the Berlin Wall, the album is immensely atmospheric, evoking the feelings of dislocation and insecurity of the time through some of Camel's finest songs and instrumental pieces to date. Vocals are shared between Latimer and new member Chris Rainbow, and the standard is extremely high throughout. Of the instrumentals,I would particularly single out the title track (lovely use of pan-pipes by Latimer), while the songs 'West Berlin', with its haunting guitar work, and 'Fingertips', dominated by Colin Bass masterly fretless bass lines and Mel Collins' restrained sax solos, are masterpieces. Certainly one of Camel's more sombre offerings, but highly emotional for all that and highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2000
I came to this album via a friend who bought it because he liked the front cover. Neither of us were disappointed! The songs all have the theme of living in (and escaping from) Berlin in the post-war period, and can be very moving. The instrumental tracks are very atmospheric and the vocals on the other tracks I think are very good (although others might say 'depressing'). All in all I would highly recommend this CD - and I've never heard anything else by Camel.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2005
Certain aspects sound dated, (reference to former DDR reference) but that's easy to say so many years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany's Reuinification. Some weaker tracks, but this is one of the genre's hidden masterpieces, even if Andy Latimers instrumentals are always best live (check our pressure points DVD which I still remember being transmitted on Channel Four back in 84 - and caught me there and then). Stationary Traveller is simply divine, there is no other way of putting it even though the studio cut from a guitaris't point of view is less than flawless - again live is best. Heavy Les Paul with a sound which is simply unique - so thick yet so powerful There are very few who can make a guitar literally cry, and Latimer executes this so beautifully he makes it sound almost common place (thank good ness it isn't).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2007
This album is very much of it's time in both its theme and it's production. It's a small treasure in my Camel collection. If you have your doubts about it, it's worth looking up the "Total Pressure" DVD of the 2 hour DVD of the live show recorded at the time, and now available from the band. The line-up included much of the studio band of the time, including Chris Rainbow, and some rather notable guest appearances from old friends.
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on 14 November 2014
I have noticed, reading around other reviews, that "serious" prog fans frequently don't like this album, citing over-use of synths, and too much 'pop' structure.
That may be so, but in my view soooooooooooooooooo much can be forgiven just for the sake of that title track. Deceptively simple and contemplative as it opens, followed by an eerie middle section, and then Latimer lets rip with the Les Paul - makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck, every time.

OK, some of the tracks might be a little weaker, but there are another couple of little gems in there.

It may not be the best album Camel ever put out, but it really doesn't deserve the abuse it receives in some quarters.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2004
Hey camel fans, this on is remastered and includes the extended version of pressure points and the bonus track left off the original release IN THE ARMS OF WALTZING FRAULEINS. Some camel fans consider this too pop. Then they shouldn't buy it. Camel music is always wonderful. There are some great songs and instrumentals on this one.
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on 14 January 2014
As a Camel fan, I looked for a decade for new materials from this band. Then a colleague borrowed me this album. The best from Camel ever even if it is only Andy Latimer who performs all instruments. I bought this album 4 times giving it away for best friends.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 23 November 2002
If you like Pink Floyd and Alan Parsons Project, then you should like Camel. This CD is one of my favorite CDs, the songs are just awesome, especially "Refugee", "West Berlin", "Vopos" and "Long Goodbyes". You will love "Stationary Traveller" because there is not doubt about it, it is just one of the best Camel's albums along with "Single Factor".
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