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Formed: 1972 in Surrey, England
Active: '70s, '80s, '90s Major
Styles: Art Rock, Prog-Rock Major
Members: Andy Latimer, Andy Ward, Mel Collins, Peter Bardens, Colin Bass, Doug Ferguson Representative
"Echoes: The Retrospective", "A Compact Compilation", "Harbour of Tears" Representative
Songs: "Rhayader", "Rhayader Goes to Town", "Never Let Go"

UPC Type Title
042282072627 (i) CD Breathless
4988005086853 (i) CD Breathless
5013929725522 (i) CD Breathless
4988005749291 (i) CD Breathless
042288292524 (i) CD Camel
4988005749246 (i) CD Camel
741299000226 (i) CD Camel
4582213911909 (i) CD Camel 1973-75 Gods of Light (Mini LP Sleeve)
741299080532 (i) DVD Cirriculum Vitae
741299000820 (i) CD Coming of Age
4582213911886 (i) CD Coming of Age (Mini LP Sleeve)
741299000936 (i) DVD Coming of Age
741299000127 (i) CD Dust & Dreams
4582213911855 (i) CD Dust & Dreams (Mini LP Sleeve)
741299080792 (i) DVD Footage
741299080891 (i) DVD Footage II
741299000622 (i) CD Harbour of Tears
4582213911879 (i) CD Harbour of Tears (Mini LP Sleeve)
042282061423 (i) CD I Can See Your House From Here
4988005749307 (i) CD I Can See Your House From Here
5013929725829 (i) CD I Can See Your House From Here-Remastered
042288292821 (i) CD Live Record
042288299523 (i) CD Lunar Sea: An Anthology 1973-85
4988005297785 (i) CD Lunar Sea: An Anthology 1973-85
042288292920 (i) CD Mirage
4988005749253 (i) CD Mirage
741299081096 (i) DVD Moondances
600753161876 CD Moonmadness
042288293125 (i) CD Moonmadness
4988005749277 (i) CD Moonmadness
600753365632 (i) Vinyl Moonmadness
4988005749260 (i) CD Music Inspired by the Snow Goose
741299000424 (i) CD Never Let Go
4582213911862 (i) CD Never Let Go (Mini LP Sleeve)
741299001322 (i) CD Nod & a Wink
4582213911923 (i) CD Nod & a Wink (Mini LP Sleeve)
4988005749314 (i) CD Nude
042281088025 (i) CD Nude
5013929725928 (i) CD Nude-Remastered & Expanded
741299000325 (i) CD On the Road 1972
4582213911930 (i) CD On the Road 1972 (Mini LP Sleeve)
741299000721 (i) CD On the Road 1981
4582213911947 (i) CD On the Road 1981 (Mini LP Sleeve)
4582213911954 (i) CD On the Road 1982 (Mini LP Sleeve)
741299081195 (i) DVD Opening Farewell 2003 Tour
741299001124 (i) CD Paris Collection
4582213911916 (i) CD Paris Collection (Mini LP Sleeve)
5013929726222 (i) CD Pressure Points: Live in Concert-Remastered
4988005561695 (i) CD Pressure Points: Live in Concert
741299080631 (i) DVD Pressure Points
600753146101 CD Rain Dances
4988005749284 (i) CD Rain Dances
600753293836 CD Rainbows End a Camel Anthology 1973-85
741299000929 (i) CD Rajaz
4582213911893 (i) CD Rajaz (Mini LP Sleeve)
5013929725621 (i) CD Single Factor
4988005749321 (i) CD Single Factor
600753146149 CD Snow Goose
741299001421 (i) CD Snow Goose: Re-Recorded Edition
042288293026 (i) CD Snow Goose
042282002020 (i) CD Stationary Traveller
5013929725423 (i) CD Stationary Traveller
741299101220 (i) CD Stationary Traveller
741299080990 (i) DVD Total Pressure: Live in Concert 1984
886919890419 (i) Vinyl Under Age

Biography: Camel never achieved the mass popularity of fellow British progressive rock bands like the Alan Parsons Project, but they cultivated a dedicated cult following. Over the course of their career, Camel experienced numerous changes, but throughout the years, Andrew Latimer remained the leader of the band.

Formed in 1972 in Surrey, Camel originally consisted of Latimer (guitar, flute, vocals), Andy Ward (drums), Doug Ferguson (bass), and keyboardist Peter Bardens, previously of Them. By the end of 1973, the group signed with MCA and released their eponymous debut. In 1974, the band switched record labels, signing with Decca's Gama subsidiary, and released Mirage. In 1975, Camel released their breakthrough album The Snow Goose, which climbed into the British Top 30. The band's English audience declined with 1976's Moonmadness, but the album was more successful in America, reaching number 118 -- the highest chart position the band ever attained in the U.S. Following the release of Moonmadness, Ferguson left the band and was replaced by Richard Sinclair (ex-Caravan); at the same time, the group added saxophonist Mel Collins. Latimer and Bardens conflicted during the recording of 1977's Rain Dances and those tensions would come to a head during the making of 1978's Breathless. After Breathless was completed, Bardens left the band. Before recording their next album, Camel replaced Bardens with two keyboardists -- Kit Watkins (Happy the Man) and Jim Schelhaas (Caravan) -- and replaced Sinclair with Colin Bass.

By the time Camel released their 1979 album, I Can See Your House From Here, rock & roll had been changed by the emergence of punk rock, which resulted in less press coverage for progressive rock, as well as decreased record sales. Camel suffered from this shift in popular taste -- I Can See Your House from Here received less attention than any of the band's releases since their debut. Latimer returned to writing concept albums with 1981's Nude. In 1982, drummer Andy Ward was forced to leave the band after suffering a severe hand injury. Camel's 1982 album, The Single Factor, was a slicker, more accessible affair than previous Camel records, but it failed to chart. Stationary Traveller (1984) was another concept album.

After the release of the 1984 live album, Pressure Points, Camel entered a long period of hibernation that lasted until the early '90s. In 1985, Decca dropped Camel from its roster. Latimer wasn't able to find a new label because he was embroiled in a difficult legal battle with Camel's former manager Geoff Jukes; Camel eventually won the lawsuit in the late '80s. Throughout this period, Camel produced no new music. In 1988, Latimer sold his home in England and moved to California, where he founded the independent label Camel Productions. By the time Camel recorded their follow-up to Stationary Traveller in the early '90s, the band was, for most intents and purposes, simply Andrew Latimer and a handful of session musicians. Dust and Dreams (1991) was the first release on Camel Productions. In 1993, PolyGram released a double-disc Camel retrospective, Echoes. In early 1996, Camel released Harbour of Tears. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi