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Rain Dances [Import]

CamelAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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listen  6. One Of These Days I'll Get An Early Night 5:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Rain Dances 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Highways Of The Sun (Single Version) 4:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 7, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B001Q2U3JE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Camel's classic 5th album from 1977 has been digitally remastered and expanded with the single version of "Highways To The Sun" and six songs recorded live for the BBC In Concert show. The enhanced packaging contains rare and previously unseen photographs and sleevenotes by Mark Powell.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mott Dances October 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Camel over the course of their history came to define progressive melodic rock . Starting out of a band called 'The Brew' who were more of a straight forward rock trio, upon the addition of Peter Bardens on Keyboards the trio from 'Brew' Andy Latimer, guitars ,and flute, Doug Ferguson, bass and vocals, and Andy Ward ,drums ,became the mighty beast that is 'Camel' with their first gig as support to 'Wishbone Ash' in 1971.

But it was not until 1973 that there first self titled album was released , and although attracting a little critical attention ,did little else , listening to it now it is hardly surprising as it is a little twee. The second album got them all the publicity they wanted, but mostly not for musical reasons. Mirage ( 1974) came in an album cover replicating a packet of Camel cigarettes, which got them sued by Camel cigarettes in America , and their then turned the tables and got an endorsement from Camel cigarettes Europe , giving away free packets of five Camels to all the audience members at all their European gigs of that tour , so they ended up with enormous hassles in the States and had to change their album covers, and in Europe were hated by the Anti-smoking league for ever. Because of this their next album the all instrumental album based on Paul Gallico's Snow Goose, had to be called 'Music inspired by the Snow Goose' due to the authors abhorrence to all things nicotine. Never the less Snow Goose was Camel's breakthrough album opening up the world market to the band . Due to the record companies ( Decca) horror at having put out an all instrumental album last time the bands next effort was a bit of a compromise between band and record executives with all the songs having actual words, chorus's and verses ' Moonmadness'(1975).
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Camels last progressive work. March 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is another fantastic album from Camel for many of the same reasons that made "The Snow Goose" great. Longer pieces are de-emphasized, song structures are reasonably complex, and melodic counterpoint remains the focus. Moreover, extended guitar and keyboard soloing over a bass ostinato is set aside to make room for integrated ensemble work. Pete Bardens contributes some very nice synthesizer work (Elke, Rain Dances), and the quality of both the vocals and bass playing increase dramatically with the addition of Richard Sinclair (Caravan, Hatfield and the North etc.). This is a moody and atmospheric album created in the Camel tradition of classically influenced jazz-rock and is the last of Camel's "progressive" recordings. Highly recommended along with the debut (1973) and The Snow Goose (1975).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghosts that swirl November 12, 2000
By loteq
Format:Audio CD
With Doug Ferguson being replaced by Richard Sinclair and saxophone player Mel Collins joining the band, the line-up on "Rain dances" was the most virtuous one in Camel's history. Contrary to popular belief, Camel has never been underappreciated; many of their '70s albums made the top-30 album charts in the UK and other European countries and also charted stateside, albeit lower. Similar to other prog-rock bands in the late-'70s, Camel were experimenting with a new general accessibility, deciding to abandon the sometimes over-pretty soundscapes of previous albums like "Moonmadness" in favor of shorter but equally adventurous songs. "Rain dances" also shows a jazzy flavor, with arpeggiated bass notes and complex song construction, which fits in perfectly. All the musicians are right-on-target with "First light" and the aptly titled "Unevensong", two tracks which shift a number of times during their length, sometimes playing around with straightforward rhythms and at other points serving dream-like soundscapes with muffled vocals and rather low-key arrangements. However, the album struggles to maintain this level - there are a few lightweight pop tracks waiting to be discovered, namely "Tell me" and two nearly identical versions of "Highways of the sun". Perhaps Camel should have listened to their own words on "Highways.." and avoided their destiny of "sailing in a ship that's got no sails" in favor of a more experimental path. "One of.." sounds a bit like "new age disco", a relaxing piece with several interesting keyboard textures, and "Skylines" is a very jazzy but also slightly unfocused number. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time! April 21, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've been waiting years for Rain Dances to receive the remaster treatment that the 1st four Camel LPs and the Live Record enjoyed. I am pleased to report a job wonderfully executed. This version has a punch the original Decca cd lacked...to keep it short it sounds fresh, bright and clean w/ some volume added...it's been in my car since I received it last week...The bonus tracks to me don't really add much, I actually wish they were left off: the single version of Highways of the Sun and 6 live audio tracks from the '77 Sight and Sound footage found on the Camel Footage dvds (which are beyond essential) .
Now I am crossing my fingers for Breathless, I Can See Your House From Here, Nude, The Single Factor and Pressure Points to see remasters (Stationary Traveller was remastered by Andrew Latimer and can be found at Camel's website). Overall a wonderful new updated package w/ great liner notes and killer sound...Enjoy this great LP by a criminally overlooked band.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I ordered this for my husband the Camel listener, but I enjoy their music, too. It's a lovely album that holds up well over time.
Published 2 months ago by Kathryn A.
5.0 out of 5 stars for those of us who remember...
This kind of epic rock album with movements akin to classical were once wildly popular thanks in large part to bands like Pink Floyd and RUSH. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sarita
3.0 out of 5 stars Their jazziest record, if not the most substancial
Rain Dances by Camel almost fully consists of atmospheric, low key jazz-inflicted instrumentals where most of the compelling riffs are dominated by Pete Bardens' Yamaha synths with... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Luis Mejia
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic stands the test of time 35 years on
When this album originally came out in 1977, I was a HS teenager growing up in Belgium and, like many of my friends, knee-deep into prog-rock. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Paul Allaer
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth
doesn't quite hold up to their earlier stuff but it is still a great album, jazzier and has a nice flow to it, I enjoyed it
Published on April 25, 2011 by Adam
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish it had been more extensive.
Most of the Camel reissues we have seen are labors of love, posessing exclusive bonus tracks as well as a wealth of photos and informative liner notes. Read more
Published on February 6, 2010 by EtherealCereal
4.0 out of 5 stars Raindances - a newer release
Just in case anyone doesn't know, this CD was rereleased again in 2009; It's a German import but not too expensive; it sounds fine and it has 7 bonus tracks on it. Read more
Published on January 22, 2010 by Michael O. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album by the British Progressive Band
This group has a very relaxing progressive rock style. It is very keyboard based and has classic instrumental sounds that make me remember some other british bands like UK. Read more
Published on January 16, 2010 by E. L. Jimenez
5.0 out of 5 stars Camel - Rain Dances
1977 - Janus Records
Features : Andrew Latimer / Peter Bardens / Andy Ward / Richard Sinclair / Mel Collins
Songs Include :

First Light
Metrognome... Read more
Published on May 28, 2009 by Manic Obsession Music
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent and long awaited remaster !
Ok, here we have the long awaited remaster of one of the best Camel album, wonderfully played and beautifully sung (thanks to Richard Sinclair from Caravan... Read more
Published on April 23, 2009 by Biboprof
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