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Camel|The Snow Goose

The Snow Goose

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 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 reined 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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
The Great Marsh
00:02:03

Peter Bardens, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

2
Rhayader
00:03:02

Peter Bardens, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

3
Rhayader Goes To Town
00:05:20

Peter Bardens, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

4
Sanctuary
00:01:05

Peter Bardens, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

5
Fritha
00:01:19

Peter Bardens, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

6
The Snow Goose
00:03:12

Peter Bardens, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

7
Friendship
00:01:44

Peter Bardens, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

8
Migration
00:02:01

Peter Bardens, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

9
Rhayader Alone
00:01:50

Peter Bardens, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

10
Flight Of The Snow Goose
00:02:41

Peter Bardens, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

11
Preparation
00:03:54

Peter Bardens, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

12
Dunkirk
00:05:25

Peter Bardens, Composer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Composer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

13
Epitaph
00:02:08

Peter Bardens, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

14
Fritha Alone
00:01:30

Peter Bardens, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

15
La princesse perdue
00:04:57

Peter Bardens, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

16
The Great Marsh (Reprise)
00:01:17

Peter Bardens, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andy Ward, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Doug Ferguson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

17
Flight Of The Snow Goose (Single Edit)
00:02:04

Peter Bardens, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, ComposerLyricist - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

18
Rhayader (Single Edit)
00:03:11

Peter Bardens, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, ComposerLyricist - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 1975 Decca Music Group Limited

19
Flight Of The Snow Goose (Alternate Single Edit)
00:02:47

Peter Bardens, ComposerLyricist - David Bedford, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Latimer, ComposerLyricist - Camel, MainArtist - David Hitchcock, Producer

℗ 2002 Decca Music Group Limited

20
Rhayader Goes To Town (Live)
00:05:07

Peter Bardens, ComposerLyricist - Paschal Byrne, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Powell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Latimer, ComposerLyricist - Camel, MainArtist

℗ 2002 Decca Music Group Limited

21
The Snow Goose / Freefall (Live)
00:11:01

Peter Bardens, Composer, ComposerLyricist - Paschal Byrne, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Powell, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Andrew Latimer, Composer - Camel, MainArtist

℗ 2002 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

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 reined 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.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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