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Moonmadness

Artist: Camel
Label: Janus Records
Catalog#: JXS 7024
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1976-04
Tracklist
A1 Aristillus 1:54
A2 Song Within A Song 7:14
A3 Chord Changes 6:43
A4 Spirit Of The Water 2:03
B1 Another Night 6:57
B2 Air Born 5:00
B3 Lunar Sea 9:09
Credits

Artwork By [Cover Design] - David Anstey
Artwork By [Cover Design] - Field Anstey
Bass - Doug Ferguson
Drums, Percussion - Andy Ward
Engineer [Assistant] - Guy Bidmead
Guitar, Flute, Recorder - Andy Latimer
Keyboards - Peter Bardens
Producer - Camel
Producer, Engineer - Rhett Davies
Vocals - Andy Latimer
Vocals - Doug Ferguson
Vocals - Peter Bardens
Voice - Andy Ward
Written-By - Andy Latimer
Written-By - Andy Ward
Written-By - Doug Ferguson
Written-By - Peter Bardens

Notes

Recorded At Basing Street Studios, London. January/February 1976

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Camel's fourth record Moonmadness is generally regarded as one of their best efforts. After the success of The Snow Goose, the band undertook the daunting task of a follow-up. Written quickly between tours, the focus remained on the instrumental flair and songwriting of Pete Bardens and Andy Latimer. With Rhett Davies now manning production, the album opens with "Aristillus" (which should explain something about the US cover), a short track featuring Bardens's synthesizer work. "Song Within a Song" barely resurrects vocals, with Doug Ferguson taking the mic here. "Chord Changes" starts lively and then finds Camel back to playing the blues. Bardens's organ and Latimer's lead guitar exchange over a slow tempo that just so happens to sound a lot like Focus; but it's a welcome return to their earlier jam band feel, especially after the highly-arranged construct of their last album. But wait, "Spirit of the Water" sounds like a Snow Goose outtake (except with Bardens on vocals). "Another Night," also released as a single, highlights both the band's interplay (even the rhythm section gets into the foray) and Latimer's lyrical guitar work. It's a good example of Camel at their best. Latimer's flute features prominently on "Air Born," another well-arranged track that showcases the band's lighter, easy-going side. "Lunar Sea" is a fiercer workout, supported by a firm bass line from Ferguson, and even ventures towards jazz-rock. The album was their most successful chart-wise, reaching No. 15 in the UK and becoming a best-seller in the US. However, Ferguson left the band shortly thereafter. He would be replaced by Richard Sinclair, previously with Hatfield and the North.
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