Camel is the first studio album by English progressive rock band Camel, released on MCA Records in February 1973. By August 1972, Camel were signed to MCA Records. They quickly entered the studio to record their first self-titled album, Camel. A collection of individual songs, chiefly from Andrew Latimer and Peter Bardens, the album was greeted with muted success and MCA did not take an option for a second album.
This lineup recorded the first four studio albums including their most commercially successful album, The Snow Goose, an entirely instrumental record released in 1975. It peaked at number 22 on the UK charts and is certified silver. For the tour following the release of the band's fourth album, Moonmadness (1976), they were joined by former King Crimson sax player and flautist Mel Collins. In early 1977 Ferguson left and was replaced by Richard Sinclair (from Caravan) as the band moved to a jazzier sound.
Camel’s attempt at a commercial record unfortunately fall pretty flat with Rain Dances, continuing a string of albums that seem to lie short of the output of Camel and Mirage. The wandering ways of the album make for a confusing feel for radio-play, leaving front-man Andrew Latimer’s motives a little unclear. There are definitely good tracks here, but the album yields nothing special enough to leave a lasting impression on the listener. If you are a fan of early period Camel there is a good chance you will take to this album. The infusion of Celtic folk melodies lend the music a beautifully ethereal air. An album to savour.
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Retrieved 24 June 2011. A Nod and a Wink is the fourteenth studio album by the English progressive rock band Camel, released in July 2002 on the label Camel Productions. The album was dedicated to Peter Bardens, who died in January 2002. Mellow and reflective in mood, it is the only Camel album to feature vocals on every track. It is currently Camel's last studio album to date. A short clip of Squigely Fair is played during the Power Lap segment on Top Gear's Episode 10 from Season 6.
Camel are an English progressive rock band formed in 1971. Led by founder member Andrew Latimer, they have produced fourteen original studio albums, fourteen singles plus numerous other compilation and live albums. The band’s music combines elements taken from jazz, classical and Baroque music, blues, and electronic music. In August 1972 Camel signed with MCA Records and their eponymous debut album Camel (1973) was released six months later. The record was not a success and the band moved to the Deram Records division of Decca Records (UK). Camel – A Nod And a Wink (2002). Camel – Gods of Light (2000). Camel – Rajaz (1999).
The first album by the band. They were signed on to MCA Records, and quickly went to the studio to record an album. The album wasn’t very successful, and the record company didn’t want another record, so Camel’s management team moved to Decca Records, where they stayed for 10 years and released 9 albums on the label.
Now I know I've had some disagreeances with prog fans before, but this is perhaps the only case where I'm left absolutely dumbfounded.