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Camel never achieved the mass popularity of fellow British progressive rock bands like the Alan Parsons Project, but they cultivated a dedicated cult following. Over the course of their career, Camel experienced numerous changes, but throughout the years, Andrew Latimer remained the leader of the band. Formed in 1972 in Surrey, Camel originally consisted of Latimer (guitar, flute, vocals), Andy Ward (drums), Doug Ferguson (bass), and keyboardist Peter Bardens, previously of Them. By the end of 1973, the group signed with MCA and released their eponymous debut. In 1974, the band switched record labels, signing with Decca's Gama subsidiary, and released Mirage. In 1975, Camel released their breakthrough album The Snow Goose, which climbed into the British Top 30. The band's English audience declined with 1976's Moonmadness, but the album was more successful in America, reaching number 118 -- the highest chart position the band ever attained in the U.S. Following the release of Moonmadness, Ferguson left the band and was replaced by Richard Sinclair (ex-Caravan); at the same time, the group added saxophonist Mel Collins. Latimer and Bardens conflicted during the recording of 1977's Rain Dances and those tensions would come to a head during the making of 1978's Breathless. After Breathless was completed, Bardens left the band. Before recording their next album, Camel replaced Bardens with two keyboardists -- Kit Watkins (Happy the Man) and Jim Schelhaas (Caravan) -- and replaced Sinclair with Colin Bass. By the time Camel released their 1979 album, I Can See Your House From Here, rock & roll had been changed by the emergence of punk rock, which resulted in less press coverage for progressive rock, as well as decreased record sales. Camel suffered from this shift in popular taste -- I Can See Your House from Here received less attention than any of the band's releases since their debut. Latimer returned to writing concept albums with 1981's Nude. In 1982, drummer Andy Ward was forced to leave the band after suffering a severe hand injury. Camel's 1982 album, The Single Factor, was a slicker, more accessible affair than previous Camel records, but it failed to chart. Stationary Traveller (1984) was another concept album. After the release of the 1984 live album, Pressure Points, Camel entered a long period of hibernation that lasted until the early '90s. In 1985, Decca dropped Camel from its roster. Latimer wasn't able to find a new label because he was embroiled in a difficult legal battle with Camel's former manager Geoff Jukes; Camel eventually won the lawsuit in the late '80s. Throughout this period, Camel produced no new music. In 1988, Latimer sold his home in England and moved to California, where he founded the independent label Camel Productions. By the time Camel recorded their follow-up to Stationary Traveller in the early '90s, the band was, for most intents and purposes, simply Andrew Latimer and a handful of session musicians. Dust and Dreams (1991) was the first release on Camel Productions. In 1993, PolyGram released a double-disc Camel retrospective, Echoes. In early 1996, Camel released Harbour of Tears. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1.   Song
  2.   Never Let Go
  3.   Supertwister
  4.   Song Within a Song
  5.   Aristillus
  6.   Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider
  7.   Six Ate
  8.   Lady Fantasy
  9.   Chord Change
  10.   Dunkirk
  11.   Another Night
  12.   Freefall
  13.   Seperation
  14.   First Light
  15.   Rhayader Goes to Town
  16.   Arubaluba
  17.   Mystic Queen
  18.   Earthrise
  19.   La Princesse Perdue
  20.   Slow Yourself Down
  21.   Spirit of the Water
  22.   Unevensong
  23.   Curiosity
  24.   Skylines
  25.   Lunar Sea
  26.   Breathless
  27.   Epitaph
  28.   Epitaph
  29.   Summer Lightning
  30.   Friendship
  31.   Cloak and Dagger Man
  32.   No Easy Answer
  33.   Rainbow's End
  34.   Migration
  35.   Sanctuary
  36.   Stationary Traveller
  37.   Fritha Alone
  38.   Rhayader
  39.   Pressure Points
  40.   Flight of the Snow Goose
  41.   Rhayader Alone
  42.   Fritha
  43.   Sanctuary
  44.   The Great Marsh
  45.   Spirit of the Water (Demo Recording at Basing St Studios 26 01 1976)
  46.   Highways to the Sun
  47.   Selections from "The Snow Goose": The Snow Goose/Friendship/Rhayader Goes to Town
  48.   Excerpts From the Snow Goose
  49.   Air Born
  50.   Homage to the God of Light
  51.   Preparation/Dunkirk
  52.   The Snow Goose/Freefall
  53.   Ligging at Louis
  54.   Camelogue
  55.   The White Rider
  56.   One of These Days I'll Get an Early Night
  57.   Manic
  58.   Heroes
  59.   Survival
  60.   Fritha Alone
  61.   Preparation
  62.   Rhayader Alone
  63.   Migration
  64.   Friendship
  65.   Fritha
  66.   Beached
  67.   Docks
  68.   Nude
  69.   City Life
  70.   Captured
  71.   Rain Dances
  72.   Metrognome
  73.   Flight of the Snow Goose
  74.   The Snow Goose
  75.   The Great Marsh
  76.   Refugee
  77.   Vopos
  78.   West Berlin
  79.   Fingertips
  80.   Missing
  81.   After Words
  82.   Long Goodbyes
  83.   Echoes
  84.   Starlight Ride
  85.   Rhayader
  86.   Tell Me
  87.   Elke
  88.   Hymn to Her
  89.   Ice
  90.   Drafted
  91.   Lies
  92.   Sasquatch
  93.   You Are the One
  94.   Lullabye
  95.   Spoken Introduction by Peter Bardens featuring London Symphony Orchestra
  96.   The Snow Goose
  97.   Today's Goodbye
  98.   Forget
  99.   End Peace
  100.   Overwrite
  101.   A Heart's Desire
  102.   Selva