Rain Dances

Artist: Camel
Label: Janus Records
Catalog#: JXS-7035
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1977
A1 First Light 5:02
A2 Metrognome 4:14
A3 Tell Me 4:06
A4 Highways Of The Sun 4:29
B1 Unevensong 5:34
B2 One Of These Days I'll Get An Early Night 5:50
B3 Elke 4:25
B4 Skylines 4:23
B5 Rain Dances 2:53

Producer - Rhett Davies
Written-By – Latimer*, Ward* (tracks: B1, B2, B4), Collins* (tracks: B2), Bardens* (tracks: A1 to B2, B4, B5), Sinclair* (tracks: B2)


Lyric / photo artwork inner sleeve.

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After the departure of Doug Ferguson, Camel entered the studio in 1977 with Latimer doubling on bass. However it wouldn't last, as finally Richard Sinclair took the call, providing a very, very tenuous link to the Canterbury scene. Saxophonist Mel Collins, having first been a guest on the preceding tour, also joined the band as a full-fledged member. Rain Dances sports an extremely slick production: "First Light" reveals two new aspects to the Camel sound: Pete Bardens' has expanded his palette with a new range of keyboards, and the Ward/Sinclair rhythm section is definitely more precise than the previous team. Sinclair adds his distinctive voice to a couple of the tracks, including the uncharacteristic (but otherwise excellent) "Metrognome". "Highways of the Sun" continues, containing the atypical rhythm and easy going melody of Camel music. Oddly, Brian Eno makes a guest appearance on the (not so oddly) atmospheric "Elke". The band- composed "One Of These Days I'll Get An Early Night" takes a shot at funk, but the jazzier "Skylines" fares much better. Overall the album is a little nondescript, but nonetheless it still managed to reach No. 20 in the UK. The band took to the road following the album's release. A Live Record, released in early 1978, contained a few tracks from that tour, along with some older material. The highlight of course was the second record, which contained the complete Snow Goose, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in 1975 with David Bedford conducting the London Symphony Orchestra.
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