Formed by former Shotgun Express keyboardist Pete Bardens, Camel occupied the musical middle ground between Emerson, Lake and Palmer and The Moody Blues, eminently capable of the vast symphonic statement but with a sharp eye for invention and delivery too.
Camel’s main thrust came with their adaptation of Paul Gallico’s novel The Snow Goose (1975), which became their biggest selling LP.
It was their most demanding statement – a series of wordless movements and textures that, whether you’d read the book or not, translated its themes into beautiful melody that still sounds fulfilling today.
Breathless (1978) marked the end of an era for Camel with the departure of founding member/keyboard whiz Peter Bardens. The fact that his intentions were known when the band went into the studio makes it seem even stranger that the album contained some of the strongest music Camel ever committed to vinyl.
Guitar, flute, vocals