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Snow Goose [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks]
     

The Snow Goose [Deluxe Edition] [Bonus Tracks]

by Camel
 

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Camel's classic period started with The Snow Goose, an instrumental concept album based on a novella by Paul Gallico. Although there are no lyrics on the album -- two songs feature wordless vocals -- the music follows the emotional arc of the novella's story, which is about a lonely man named Rhayader who helps nurse a wounded snow

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Camel's classic period started with The Snow Goose, an instrumental concept album based on a novella by Paul Gallico. Although there are no lyrics on the album -- two songs feature wordless vocals -- the music follows the emotional arc of the novella's story, which is about a lonely man named Rhayader who helps nurse a wounded snow goose back to health with the help of a young girl called Fritha he recently befriended. Once the goose is healed, it is set free, but Fritha no longer visits the man because the goose is gone. Later, Rhayader is killed in battle during the evacuation of Dunkirk. The goose returned during the battle, and it is then named La Princesse Perdue, symbolizing the hopes that can still survive even during the evils of war. With such a complex fable to tell, it is no surprise that Camel keep their improvisational tendencies reigned in, deciding to concentrate on surging, intricate soundscapes that telegraph the emotion of the piece without a single word. And even though The Snow Goose is an instrumental album, it is far more accessible than some of Camel's later work, since it relies on beautiful sonic textures instead of musical experimentation. [The 2009 Deluxe Edition included bonus tracks (single edits, live versions) and a bonus disc made up of a 1975 live concert broadcast on the BBC and performances from a 1975 appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2009
Label:
Ume Imports
UPC:
0600753146149
catalogNumber:
5314614

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Performance Credits

Camel   Primary Artist
Peter Bardens   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano,Pipe organ,Mini Moog,Arp Odyssey
Doug Ferguson   Bass
Andy Latimer   Acoustic Guitar,Flute,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Andy Ward & Deep Josh   Percussion,Drums,Vibes

Technical Credits

David Bedford   Orchestration
Peter Bardens   Composer
John Burns   Engineer
Rhett Davies   Engineer
Doug Ferguson   Contributor
David Hitchcock   Producer
Andy Latimer   Composer
Mark Powell   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Reissue Research
Paul Gallico   Inspiration

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