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Not necessarily just for Camel fans,
This review is from: Camel: Curriculum Vitae [DVD] (DVD)
The immediately appeal of this DVD may seem restricted to Camel fans alone - and understandably so. Anyone who is still with the band over 30 years since their first gig will have or will want this DVD - and they should not be disappointed with it's content.
The purpose of the DVD is to narrate the story of Camel over the years and that it does, but it also gives an insight into the challenges a lot of bands face, changes in personnel, personality clashes, drink, drugs and mental health concerns, contractual obligations, legalities and difficulties getting contracts with the major labels even though sales are good and there is a dedicated following - all of which resulted in Andrew Latimer setting up the independent - and very succesful - Camel Productions.
There are interviews with all four members of the "classic" line up - Bardens, Ferguson, Latimer & Ward - through tragically Bardens passed away shortly after. The story is told by these and other members of Camel (notably Colin Bass) with excerpts from a variety of performances - some of the early ones have their debut on this DVD. The three surviving members had performed under the name "Brew"in the very early 1970's, before Peter Bardens, joined and there is a tantilising introduction to a brand new "blues" CD, they recorded during 2003 and whose release is imminent.