Opening Farewell: Live at Catalyst
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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.
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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Not a sparkling stageshow but musically at their best. Well worth buying. Ment to be Camels farewell concert but now they are back touring.Published on November 11, 2013 by Skogsrydh Jens
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 morePublished on June 17, 2013 by H. M. Johnson III
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 morePublished on November 10, 2011 by Zeus Pendragon
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