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Breathless Import

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1978 album for British progressive rock act.

1. Breathless
2. Echoes
3. Wing And A Prayer
4. Down On The Farm
5. Starlight Ride
6. Summer Lightning
7. You Make Me Smile
8. The Sleeper
9. Rainbow's End

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 29, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram UK
  • ASIN: B000006TSC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,082 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nash on November 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was the first album I ever heard by Camel, when I found it at some mom-and-pop CD store that was closing out a bunch of One Way Records discs like this one and its followup, 'I Can See Your House From Here.' While it may seem very tempting to automatically brand this as a pop album, my first impression held it in very high regard. Sure, there's some dancefloor influence in here and a couple of Lite-FM friendly numbers, but overall the musicianship is sincere and inspired. Poppy as the songs may be, the musicians involved definitely used a craftsman's approach in arranging this music to sound exactly like they wanted it too. And they didn't leave many loose ends. Silly as it is, "Down on the Farm" even shows a considerable amount of production attention, with Latimer's skittish guitar riff in the verse and the playful vocal harmonies in the heavier part. "Wing and a Prayer" features a fabulous sounding 12-string guitar part and a really catchy electric piano part. The softer songs ("Starlight Ride", "Breathless") make very good use of the flute and saxes, which give the songs a tasteful orchestral feel (without sounding overblown or overproduced). Lastly, the album doesn't at all kiss the better parts of "progressive" music goodbye. "Echoes" and "The Sleeper" feature outstanding instrumental performances that are definitely worthy of attention. These songs definitely stand up to the instrumental performances on Camel's earlier albums. The album also features plenty of odd times (often not obviously stated, which in my opinion is the best way to incorporate them), some great soloing and instrumental leads (Latimer's solo on 'Summer Lightning' is really well-done), and great bass playing (Sinclair uses a fretless which works well with the jazzy approach of the album).Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Engstrom on May 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
On Breathless, you can begin to sense that Bardens and Latimer are going in different directions in their musical vision. But much like the Beatles' "Abbey Road" the divergence expands the group. (In this analogy, Richard Sinclair's "Down on the Farm" is Ringo's "Octopuses Garden"). In particular, the songwriting seems to be stronger, albeit less collaborative. The instrumentation for the band was never tighter, and Mel Collins' studio contributions are tremendous.

There is less of a cohesive feel than on some previous Camel albums, and a greater concentration on individual songs, but it tends to make each of the songs stand out a little more because of it.

Highly recommended
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark R. Roberts on July 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As a life long Camel fan, I am used to certain quarters criticising Camel's change of style for this album. Sinclair's exceptional Bass guitair adds a jazzier feel to the music while his vocals are more refined and are a vast imnprovement on Latimer's or Bardens. Admittedly there are one or two weaker tracks such as "Wing and a Prayer" and "You make me Smile" but the inclusion of "Summer Lightening" with its rippling keyboards that builds to a blistering guitar solo and Andy Ward's exceptional drumming, is enough to place this in my top 5 favourite Camel albums.
"Down on the Farm" is a whimsical Canterbury-esque piece, unsurprisingly penned by ex-Caravan member Richard Sinclair while "Echoes" and "The Sleeper" are strong tracks that you would expect from Camel, with the latter not sounding too disimilar from the classic "Lunar Sea".
Dont be put off by the change of style - this album is a must for all Camel fans and lover's of good music.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on April 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have to confess that this 1978 album is not nearly as bad as people have made it out to be - (the reviews of the album on ProgArchives are particularly merciless and vicious). In fact, while Breathless may not necessarily present the band at their finest hour (especially in contrast with albums like The Snow Goose (1975) and Moonmadness (1976)), there is some good material to be found. Then again, Camel was no different from the other English prog bands active at the time and suffered from the same confusion with respect to what musical direction they were supposed to head in. Furthermore,(without naming names) Breathless is certainly no worse than other albums floating around in 1978.

The lineup at this point included Andrew Latimer (acoustic and electric guitars, Yamaha CS80/50, Vocals); Peter Bardens (electric piano, acoustic piano, synthesizers, Hammond organ, Vocals); Mel Collins (Flute, Saxophones); Richard Sinclair (Bass guitar, Vocals); Andy Ward (Drums, Percussion); and Dave Sinclair (Keyboards (uncredited)). In general the playing by all members is very good, with Andy Latimer contributing some fine playing. I have always been a fan of Richard Sinclair's vocals and bass playing, so his presence on the album works for me. Following this album, Peter and Richard left the band. Apparently Peter and Andy Latimer were having problems (creative differences), which precipitated his leaving the band, and he was replaced by two keyboardists for the Breathless tour including Dave Sinclair and Jan Schelhaas. For the I Can See Your House from Here album (1979), the two keyboardist approach was maintained, yet with Jan and ex-Happy the Man player Kit Watkins.

The tracks on the album range in length from 2'59" to 7'17".
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