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  • Audio CD (June 10, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: MSI:UNIVERSAL/UM3
  • ASIN: B00005YUAC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Slow Yourself Down
2. Mystic Queen
3. Six Ate
4. Separation
5. Never Let Go
6. Curiosity
7. Arubaluba
8. Never Let Go (Single Version)
9. Homage To The God Of Light (Live)

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UK reissue of 1973 album, remastered from the original tapes & includes 2 bonus tracks 'Never Let Go' (single version-previously unreleased on CD) & 'Homage To The God of Light' (recorded live at Marquee Club-29th October 1974). 2002.

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If you are a fan of progressive music then you MUST get this album.
Sam
This isn't only for fans of progressive rock as it is a very timely early seventies sounding classic rock album, more than a progressive one.
Hornell Fred
It's certainly not a bad little tune, but it comes off as repetitive and ultimately lacking compared to the other songs on the record.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cossaboon on July 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In the dark ages of vinyl, after much hunting, I had found a copy of the first Camel album. Although the quality of sound was woeful, I still dug the tight rhythms. My favorite pieces were, of course "Slow Youself Down" and "Never Let Go". Now I have finally found this rarely released album on compact disc and must say that I'm pretty gratified. The quality of remastering is nothing short of revelatory; Camel had much more substance to them then their brilliant follow up album Mirage had let on.
This is of course a progressive rock album, and it's progressive in every way. Both rhythm and melody circle each other like duelling snakes. Within these circles you can hear snatches of jazz and the occasional snippet of a blues riff. The best examples are the instrumental, "Six Ate" as well as "Curiousity". The album closes with the fine heavy meltdown of "Arubaluba".
Of the bonus tracks, my CD didn't include the single edit of Curiosity. Never Let Go, strangely enough, sounds somewhat murkier that the album version. All will be forgiven, however, when you listen to Homage To The God of Light, which has captured Camel in heavy jam mode. In all, the debut album by Camel is one of the great overlooked gems of progressive rock, that has been overshadowed by the more commercially successful albums of Mirage and Snowgoose that came after. This was a band that hit the ground running and kept going for 30 more years.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on May 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This 1973 album was the first by English prog band Camel and features their distinctive brand of progressive rock with subtle jazz-rock textures. Although this debut (like so many others) has a sound that was not yet fully developed and is harder rocking than their other albums, enough of the Camel sound is in place that it makes for great listening.

The musicians on this debut comprise the classic Camel lineup including great guitarist Andy Latimer (vocals on Slow Yourself Down and Separation); keyboardist Peter Bardens (Hammond organ, mellotron, VCS3, acoustic piano, and vocals on Never Let Go), great drummer Andy Ward; and bassist Doug Ferguson (vocals on Mystic Queen and Curiousity. All of the guys are fantastic musicians and the vocals are not bad at all, although they do not seem very confident about their vocal abilities. Andy Latimer is a great guitarist and easily quotes from range of styles. I also like Pete's use of the synthesizers and the mellotron - he was a very tasteful player and knew exactly where certain sounds worked best on this album. I guess it is worth noting that synthesizer use is pretty scarce on this album, although synthesizers would be used a lot on subsequent albums. Sadly Pete Bardens passed away in 2002, and this reissued album was dedicated to him.

The seven tracks on the album are all in the 4-7 minute range and are great examples of Camels jazzy, yet very English, brand of progressive rock. In fact, the instrumental track Six Ate is probably the best illustration on the album of Camel's ability to seamlessly mix jazzy and prog styles together.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on August 4, 2004
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It'a amazing. Hardly no one knows about this wonderful rock album! It's a darn shame. This is beautiful and complex progressive rock dominated with jazzy, electric guitar. The early 70's had a ton of great music: not just prog-rock but it seemed like ALL the music back then was really good. I think Camel's first album stands up with all that excellent 70's music.

I don't know what it is about Camel's debut that makes it so great. I can tell you one thing, it took a few serious listens to get into this album. The instrumental parts (which is a HUGE portion of the album) REALLY jump all over the place, going from one beautiful guitar melody straight into another, without letting up. We're talking some *serious* jumping!

Because the instrumental parts are all over the place, it takes time to remember the music but I guarantee if you're a big prog-rock fan eventually the instrumental shifts will click and become exciting for you.

It's funny though, because as complex and melodic as the many guitar parts on this album are, the singer gives the listener very simple melodies that should take NO time at all getting into.

Let me mention a few of the songs. "Mystic Queen" and "Never Let Go" give me the strangest pictures. I don't know what it is about these two songs, but unusual feelings enter the dreamy part of my head every time I listen to them. It's weird because both of these songs are beautiful and soothing, and yet so DARK and haunting at the same time! Nothing should be giving off such strong, creepy feelings. Right now I can't think of another album that gives me the creeps more than this album. And I can't understand why! Something in the music scares the crap out of me and I'll probably never figure out what it is.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Andre on August 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
As I write this review, I'm not exactly a Camel expert knowing almost nothing about the middle of their career. Judging by reviews of albums of that era, though, it seems I'm not missing much.

Camel's self-titled debut is, however, one of my very favorite albums and quite possibly Camel's strongest album as well. There's virtually no filler on this one and their energy is at its peak.

And in fact, this is not prog in the same way early Genesis is prog, to cite a reference in the genre. Camel from this age is quite a bit more rythmic and rocking. This doesn't happen in later albums, particularly towards the end of their career, when everything getts much more mellow, yet beautiful.

"Slow Yourself Down" sets the pace for the entire record, an upbeat track sang by Andy Latimer in his quite original tone. But it's "Never Let Go" (which has an even better rendition on "A Live Record") - my favorite Camel track - and "Arubaluba" that steal the record for me. "Six Ate" has this great grooving bass line as the backbone of the entire track while "Mystic Queen" is the most mellow track yet doesn't disappoint, being beautifully sung by bassist Doug Ferguson and featuring Bardens intensely exquisite keyboards. And everywhere Andy Ward's drumming is perfect for the mood.

I find Camel to be an essential band in the genre, and as I find this to be their best effort, this record is also essential, even if you're probably better served with next year's "Mirage" for a more progressive output.
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