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History of the album "A Live Record" (1978) - Camel

Camel is a British band known for their individual art-rock style, in which melody prevails over vocals. The first live recording of the band was the double work "A Live Record", which included the best songs recorded during three different tours.

The first part of the "Live Recording" is filled with singles that the guys recorded during several of their tours. It also contains songs taken from "Mirage" and "Rain Dances": the composition "Never Let Go", owned by Latimer and taken from the band's self-titled debut album, and "Song Within a Song" from "Moonmadness". Their recording was made in the capital of England at a large concert venue in the autumn of 1977. The album also includes Camel's singles "Lunar Sea", "Skylines", "Ligging at Louis" and "Lady Fantasy: Encounter/Smiles for You/Lady Fantasy".

The second disc is no less interesting. It contains the complete concept album of the band, based on the children's play "The Snow Goose". It was this work that was included in the program of the guys' tour, which took place in 1975. When listening to it, everyone can appreciate the fruits of the collaboration between the rock band and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Bedford. The recording was made in 1975 at the Royal Concert Hall in London.

Album's cover
Album's cover

White Rider was inspired by the fantasy novel The Fellowship of the Ring by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. The success of the work prompted the rock band to create an entire album based on this outstanding literary work. Initially, the binding was to the novel "Siddhartha", written by Hermann Hesse.

Camel even created several songs on this theme. But after a while, a new source of inspiration appeared - the novel "Snow Goose". The band turned to the author, Paul Gallico, for help in compiling lyrics for the album, but the writer's response was extremely inadequate. He stated that he only accepts one thing called "Camel" and that is cigarettes. As you might guess, Gallico refused. And he was not too lazy to apply to the court, demanding a ban on the use of his work for the title of a music album. For this reason, the work was renamed "Music Inspired by The Snow Goose".

Today, "Snow Goose" is the best available recording of an art-rock band. In terms of sound, it is not inferior to the studio variation. The fact that the work is a concert is only evidenced by applause and ovations in the intervals between compositions.

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