May 17, 2015

Camel - Moonmadness (1976)

Artist:  Camel
Title:  Moon Madness
Release:  1976
Format:  LP
Label:  Decca Records
Catalog#  6376118

“Moonmadness” is an album released in March 1976 by English progressive rock band Camel. It was their 4th album and the last to feature the original line-up (Latimer, Bardens, Ferguson, Ward). After the success of the tightly structured, instrumental “The Snow Goose” in 1975, the band added vocals to their music again.
Moonmadness is more akin to traditional English progressive rock, even though it does occasionally dip into jazz-fusion territory with syncopated rhythms and shimmering keyboards
The album has an overall theme, just as their previous one did, but doesn’t follow a storyline since it’s mostly based on the band members themselves. Overall, the tracks comprising the album were conceived as a loose concept based on the individual personalities that made up Camel; “Air Born” about Andrew Latimer, “Lunar Sea” about Andy Ward, “Chord Change” about Peter Bardens and “Another Night” about Doug Ferguson.

Side one
1.  Aristillus  (1:56)
2.  Song Within a Song  (7:16)
3.  Chord Change  (6:45)
4.  Spirit of the Water  (2:07)

Side two
1.  Another Night  (6:58)
2.  Air Born  (5:02)
3.  Lunar Sea  (9:11)

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