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Opening Farewell: Live at Catalyst

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Camel Productions
  • DVD Release Date: December 7, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004C39E3U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,073 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Night Of the Farewell Tour 2003 December 13, 2010
I had been looking forward to this release for a long time. The reason is because I was there. This was a concert advertised only to fans on the Camel Productions web site. It was at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz CA, USA, a small intimate venue for Andrew Latimer and Camel to test out the material for the first time in front of an audience before the tour.

The show was fantastic and the DVD reflects that. The set list includes: Lady Fantasy, Unevensong, Hymm to her, Echoes, Stationary Traveller, Drafted, Rhaydar, Rhaydar Goes To Town, Lunar Sea, Another Night, Ice, Spirit of Water, Slow Yourself Down, Mother Road, For Today). The only songs from the show that I remember not being included here are Fox Hill (which is on Footage II) and Homage to the God of Light. If you were to add that material in here you might have to sacrafice picture quality to get the whole show to fit on the DVD so I'm not complaining.

Among the players is Tom Brislin (Keyboards) who Yes fans might recognize from the Yes Symphonic Tour when Rick Wakemen was not touring with YES. Colin Bass is on Bass and forgive me for not having the drummers name in my head at the moment.

The audio mix is good and the picture quality varies but this is due to the limitations of Standard Def video and not any fault of the mastering. Most of it looks great but there are a few overly bright scenes and a few where the blacks don't hold but it doesn't at all take away from the show. If you like Camel you will love it, if you are into progressive rock give it a try. I used to say Camel was a bit like Yes mixed with Genesis (Trick of the Tail era) but with Pink Floyd vocals. Having said that for years it was funny when I head the Roger Waters met with Andrew Latimer and had him try out for the Gilmour parts when Waters was going to tour DARK SIDE OF THE MOON.

I've said enough. Buy it and keep Camel alive.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Denis Clement was the drummer. I was there too - so naturally had to have this. My name is even in the liner notes!! This is an excellent introduction to Camel with a good assortment of songs from old and new albums - all sounding fresh. You can get one more song from this concert on Footage Two where Colin Bass did a very spirited Fox Hill ("it's not about fox hunting!!").
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band!! February 10, 2011
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I became a Camel fan late. I was unable to see them at Nearfest but was excited to learn they were coming to Atlanta, which is much closer. The day of the concert I called the venue to find out what time the doors opened. The person on the line said..."Oh, you didn't hear...the show was cancelled. The drummer is sick" Was I bummed. But at least now I got to see their final show by purchasing this DVD. I highly recommend this one plus their "Coming of Age" DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impeccable March 16, 2013
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Everything about this disk was excellent; the playing, the song selection, the video and audio quality. This is the way all band DVDs should be produced. No silly graphics, interviews that interrupt the music, or other annoying extras that irritate me. If you just want to hear good music played by good musicians, this is the ticket. Camel was a tragically under-appreciated band. Thankfully, some of their live work was recorded well for posterity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, Intimate Concert February 7, 2011
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This concert was just to be more of a trial run for the "last" US tour ... Andrew Latimer was obviously feeling tired due to his health issues but still gave it his all and treated the fans there (and us via the DVD) to a passionate performance ... again, highly recommended to any true Camel fan ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated prog band in history. March 13, 2013
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The only way to explain the fact that Camel did not get the attention they deserve over the years, must be they were contemporaries of such monsters like Genesis, Yes, ELP just to name a few. Andy Latimer extraordinaire guitar playing can be compared to David Gilmour (bluesy style), and his vocals, even though not as singular as Gabriel, Anderson or other singers in the genre, is perfect for Camel's music. This DVD shows them playing on a small venue, as usual, in front of an audience of american fans, and the set is as always amazing, this time including songs from their latest album A Nod and a Wink (2002). Joining Latimer is his partner since 1984 Colin Bass on bass and vocals, Dennis Clement on drums (superb) and the same talented keyboard player that joined Yes on his symphonic DVD.
The only thing I missed was some back screen or any visuals on stage to complement the music which we all know, speaks by itself. Andy Latimer really deserves major recognition of his playing and contribution to the prog style. I hope it will happen before he passes away. Great band, beautiful heartfelt music. I only wish we could have more new songs to enjoy. Pay attention to the reaction of one particular guy in the audience after the song For Today (dedicated to the ones who lost their lives in 9/11). I was moved too. Long live to Camel one of my favourite bands ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Last but not least November 11, 2013
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Not a sparkling stageshow but musically at their best. Well worth buying. Ment to be Camels farewell concert but now they are back touring.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It just keeps getting better!
I bumped into Camel's music about three years back and have been buying up all the CD's and DVD's. As of now I only, lack Rajaz and Live CD's (which is my next purchase) and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by H. M. Johnson III
5.0 out of 5 stars A Legend Made
As a long-time Camel fan - growing up with them, buying every album, attending many concerts, listening to their songs over and over in true bliss - I can say that they have... Read more
Published on March 6, 2012 by Jack B Quick
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great DVD by Camel
This was the first night of CAMEL's FAREWELL TOUR and I must say the sound and image quality is not as good previous releases like the magnificient COMING OF AGE. Read more
Published on November 10, 2011 by Zeus Pendragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar and Player Become One
If you love the sound of the electric guitar, see this thing! Recorded as a test run before their (possibly) final live tour, this disc finds the UK quartet in top form, giving a... Read more
Published on October 30, 2011 by Patrick Barr
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-have, regarding the recent events which have characterized the...
A must-have, regarding the recent events which have characterized the life of Andie Latimer, whose title- "The Opening Farewell"- is emblematic: a collection of famous immortal... Read more
Published on October 22, 2011 by Lethe
4.0 out of 5 stars Camel- -Brilliant
Camel's live performances are always excellent, so is this one. In addition the production is very good.
Highly recommended.
Published on July 18, 2011 by Arno Larsen
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