Moonmadness Import, Original recording remastered
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The lineup on Moonmadness includes Andrew Latimer (electric and acoustic guitars, flute, and vocals); Pete Bardens (Hammond organ, electric piano, acoustic piano, mini-moog, ARP Odyssey, and vocals); Doug Ferguson (electric bass and lead vocal on Song within a Song); and Andy Ward (drums, percussion and voice on Aristillus). All of the musicians are very good and I especially like Pete's Hammond organ and especially his synthesizer work on this album - he gets some great synth sounds. The ensemble work is very good too - this is especially surprising given that Doug was on his way out of the band at this point. With respect to the vocal department, they are not necessarily Camel's strong suit but it does not ruin anything for me at all. Come to think of it, they seem to try and get around the vocal problem by subjecting the vocals to various electronic effects on a few tracks.
The seven tracks on the album range in length from 1'56" to 9'07". Musically, Moonmadness presents an excellent mixture of sprightly prog/jazz rock instrumentals; vocal tracks; softer more pastoral tracks (Spirit of the Water; Air Born) and longish proggy tracks including the synth-heavy Lunar Sea. There is not much of a hard feel to any of the tracks and everything is very "warm" sounding.Read more ›
I also have another thing that urgently needs to be said, and this is also important- I'm an American who was born in the early 80's. I wasn't around when these 70's masterpieces were created and released to the public. I find it extraordinary that these musicians were able to write music that connects with me on a very personal level.
You know, people like to think "People from other countries have different traditions, and aren't really like me in any way" but that's completely NOT true because Camel manages to put creative images in my head that *very* few musicians seem to be able to do. Every time I listen to a Camel album and get caught up in the keyboards, guitar work or synth jams, a dream I had many years ago all of a sudden enters my head that I thought had been forgotten forever. Dreams that I had forgotten for years suddenly return and become the center of my thoughts.
It's amazing how these musicians who were writing music years before I was born were able to really glue me into their sound and style like it was completely natural. This music is just extremely *right* in every way. Sometimes I even think the band members feel like brothers to me.Read more ›
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Along with Mirage, Moonmadness represents Camel's best work, for my taste. (I lost interest when Rain Dances came out. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael_in_SC
This, as other reviewers have said, was the last Camel album to feature original bassist Doug Ferguson. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Synth on a Plinth
Let's face it. If you are looking in to buying a Camel record you are probably in to progressive rock music.
This record is good. It is 70's era prog. Read more
Great album,this one and Mirage are my favorites for Camel.Published 15 months ago by Jeffrey Thompson
I was just about to give up on the band Camel after listening to there critically lauded Snow goose album. Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by desoto
This was the album where it all came together for Camel. The other albums had their moments but I don't think the lads penned any better tracks than what's on Moonmadness, and... Read morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Peter Jackson
love this work. grows on you fast. deep enjoyment smile through entire play. must buy more camel projects. a new fan for sure.Published on February 5, 2012 by charlie's utopia.