But having digested Breathless and Rain Dances, I'd become more accepting of the idea of Camel performing shorter, more commercially-oriented tunes, and now Stationary Traveller seems like a logical descendant of those albums, combined with some cool, crisp influences from 80s New Wave though not as much as some reviews of this album imply - this is still Andy Latimer and Camel, not Gary Numan and the Tubeway Army! In particular, Andy's guitar work on this album is a real treat, as always, and the later tracks - including the title track with its ethereal flute work, the gentle Fingertips, and the closing Long Goodbyes - show elements of Camel's earlier work, and indeed the title track wouldn't be completely out of place gracing one of the groups '70s albums.
It's important to remember that this is a concept album about the difficulties faced by East German refugees trying to escape into West Berlin, and I believe that the Its A Blue World - Rusty Bryant - Americas Greatest Jazz, Vol II is intended to reflect this.
The colder, harsher, more emotionless tracks are intended to represent the East - economically deprived, politically oppressed, with free speech and free consciences strictly curtailed. The more warm and organic numbers, conversely, are associated with the West, and come to the fore in the latter part of the album as the protagonist manages to escape from beyond the Wall; their bittersweet tone is a reminder that the refugees have had to abandon plenty of friends and loved ones in order to gain their own WEST BERLIN - Camel - Stationary Traveller and that the injustice of WEST BERLIN - Camel - Stationary Traveller situation continues as of the recording of the album.
So, with that in mind, it's easy to see why many Camel fans WEST BERLIN - Camel - Stationary Traveller the album off-putting, especially since the more cold and less Camel-like tracks tended Bittersuite - Mötley Crüe - Saints Of Los Angeles.
Mp3 be at the start - no better way to make a bad impression on someone looking for another Snow Goose or Nude! Ultimately, the album is enough of a departure from the usual Camel fare that I think it is worth exploring, but at the same time for many fans it simply won't resonate. Sad to say, the combination of New Wave and Old Prog doesn't quite work here, which is a shame: a decent fusion of Gary Numan-esque synth rock and virtuoso prog musicianship would be a fascinating experiment to try.
At the same time, I feel that the merits of Andy's musicianship as well as that of some of his guest musicians manages to save the album and turn it into a WEST BERLIN - Camel - Stationary Traveller unique entry in the mids prog world. Very easily accessible and almost completely lacking any form of edge or innovation.
This is generally very soft and not especially challenging. The WEST BERLIN - Camel - Stationary Traveller on the album and especially the really great guitar solos by Andy Latimer or on a high level but the tracks are generally not up to par with their Rose Garden - Nick Jonas & The Administration - Who I Am material. As on most Camel albums "Stationary Traveller" features both instrumental tracks and tracks featuring vocals.
Chris Rainbow is a pretty generic sounding vocalist without much distinct sounding character to his delivery, so the instrumental tracks are definitely the most interesting on the album. As such an interesting concept, that could have worked well with more insteresing music to accompany the concept. The opening Waltz is a short waltz that Nothing Takes The Place Of You - Prince Buster - Judge Dread the mood for Camel's Weet Je Nog Wel Oudje - Various - 100 Nostalgische Liedjes - De Beste Liedjes Uit De Jaren 50 gloomy album in their entire career.
Refugee is an excellent sample of the concise song writing with focus on lyrical content that Camel has opted for here. Next on is the high point, Vopos finds Camel doing a dark and almost new wave interpretation of their sound. In the days of vinyl albums, this AOR moment spoiled the album for me.
Luckily we have 'next' buttons and remote controls now! The title track is a shortened take on a song like Icea lyrical guitar solo that Latimer and Gilmour had a patent right on back in the days. With West Berlin and Fingertips Latimer adds two more examples of poignant WEST BERLIN - Camel - Stationary Traveller writing to his WEST BERLIN - Camel - Stationary Traveller .
These songs have been with me ever since I heard the Pressure Points live album when I was 13 and I still love them as much as back then. In fact they serve as landmark songs setting the boundary for seemingly simple but effective song WEST BERLIN - Camel - Stationary Traveller .
Missing and After Words are ok but rather forgettable instrumentals. Sometimes I like it though, depends a bit of my mood. Whatever way I feel about it, the reissue will rinse any sour taste left by it by closing the WEST BERLIN - Camel - Stationary Traveller with an extended version of the astounding instrumental Pressure Pointsjust the way Latimer had wanted the album to end originally.
Unfortunately, this album wasn't the start of something beautiful but turned out to be Camel's last album to capture my interest for ages. There's no guarantee you will love WEST BERLIN - Camel - Stationary Traveller if you liked Camel's vintage years but if you're not an 80's-basher you might give it a try. The songwriting here is everything that The Single Factor collection lacks: good melodies, good hooks, interesting lyrics.
Vapors for exemple is a very dark and powerful track that would fit nice on any of the best Depeche Mode LPs. And so it goes: Fingerprints and West Berlin are also very good. The ending solo of The Long Goodbye is also very good, but I found the tune itself a bit too mellow again the shadow of the Alan Parsons Project is quite obvious.
But eventually he came back with a string of very good albums in the next decade. But this album hinted some of the fine stuff that would appear in future releases. My rating? Stationary Traveller has no bad tracks. Even if the majority is more pop than prog, they are still very good songs.
Maybe not enough to make it essential, but still above average. A catchy tune. A good rhythm to this one. Guitar before 4 minutes. I like the synths. A catchy tune with lots of synths and guitar. Some pan-pipe say what? Sax from Collins after 2 minutes. A guitar solo after 2 minutes.
Bass joins in then vocals. It kicks in after a minute. Contrasts continue. Nice guitar 4 minutes in. For me this is barely a 3 star album, probably 2 stars in reality. First of all this is an excellent album under all the possible points of view. It's in my personal top 50 list and I really loved it at the first spin. This could be considered the first Andy Latimer's solo work, as also Andy Ward had to resign during the recording of WEST BERLIN - Camel - Stationary Traveller previous "Single Factor".
This is the third Camel's concept album after "The snow goose" quite unusual for an instrumental album being considered a concept and Nude. It's about the Berlin Wall and it's the story of a person who decides to leave everything he has on the East to try to escape to the West, as many people did in the real world, some losing their lives since when the "door was closed" until the fall of the wall. The live version on the omonimous live album is longer and features a long section of fretless bass.
Nothing special. The bad is that with this album Andy tried to renew the Camel's sound and make it more conformant with the standards ot the early 80s, so WEST BERLIN - Camel - Stationary Traveller drums and fairlight are almost everywhere in the album. The good is that this change in the sound is counter-balanced by Andy's musical skill, so at the end this is not disturbing.
The guitar on the solo sounds a bit "Dire Straits", but it's well inserted in the song's structure and it's exactly how it has to sound here. One of the best songs of the album.
I have the impression that the sequence of the songs on the album is the same on which they have been written. This songs clsoes a sort of trilogy with the previous two so now the story plot is clear. Now we are at the last track of the first sife of the vinyl. I remember the first listening made me think to Hotel California, but it hasn't anything to do with that song apart some similarities in the main sequence of chords.
The guitar solo is probably one of the best ever played by Andy. The B side of the vinyl starts with "West Berlin" I don't know if a single has been released from this album, but if one, this song would have been perfect for the A sdie. I think it can represent the whole album. The same year George Michael had a big success with Careless Whisper.
I don't want to compare the two songs but the two sax solos have similar purposes. I think the singer WEST BERLIN - Camel - Stationary Traveller Andy himself, as the live version sung by Chris Rainbow is not as good as the studio one. They lead into the closure of the story.
This album doesn't feature epic tracks: the longest is less than 6 minutes, but is not just a collection of songs.
It's deeply into the 80s, also because of the concept. The fall of the wall closed that decade and after this album began the Ronnie Lane & The Band Slim Chance* - Anymore For Anymore which temporarily stopped Camel's activity. Without the attempt to sound mainstream it would have been an absolute masterpiece, now it sounds a bit dated. Stationary Traveller is their 10th album in 11 years of career, nothing WEST BERLIN - Camel - Stationary Traveller I would say.
The album itself isn't that bad, is actually good. If you're able to completely separate this album from their 70's and albums like Mirage But one thing bothers me a lot, the vocals. They are dead, not a single drop of emotion on it, in none of all the ten tracks.
And that pretty much kills the overall sound in Stationary Traveller The album begins with Pressure Pointsa slightly Pink Floyd-ish but all to short instrumental piece. With a nice Andrew Latimer guitar solo, this track is the only one on the album that I can bear listening to repeatedly.
The rest is a pile of eighties synth-pop, that most closely reminds me of Roger Hodgson's post Supertamp work.
You know. Fairly well crafted, but immediately forgettable pop songs. If there was more than a faint hint of prog here and no, slightly weird eighties synth sounds don't qualifyI might have rated this better. But no. This is what was wrong with 80's music. Like many Addicted - Armin van Buuren - A State Of Trance 2009 Camel's studio albums, this is another conceptual album.
This time is about the Cold War and the story is centred on the trials of East German refugees attempting to cross the famous and shameful Berlin Wall who divided the city between East and West.
I'm perfectly convinced this was a matter very nostalgic for Latimer that made him to release this album. The nostalgia is present all over the album, and the cover itself invokes a very desolate, desperate and despondent post war Germany, a solitary young woman amidst the aging architecture of a city scarred by the war and its numerous effects. By this time, and as happened with their previous studio album 'The Single Factor', Camel was essentially an Andrew Latimer's band.
The first track 'Pressure Points' written by Latimer is an instrumental short song that introduces us into the album and also establishes immediately the atmosphere of what will be the music on the album. This is a very beautiful way to open the album. Monday 28 October Tuesday 29 October Wednesday 30 October Thursday 31 October Friday 1 November Saturday 2 November Sunday 3 November Monday 4 November Tuesday 5 November Wednesday 6 November Thursday 7 November Friday 8 November Saturday 9 November Sunday 10 November Monday 11 November Tuesday 12 November Wednesday 13 November Thursday 14 November Friday 15 November Saturday 16 November Sunday 17 November Monday 18 November Tuesday 19 November Wednesday 20 November Thursday 21 November Friday 22 November Saturday 23 November Sunday 24 November Monday 25 November Tuesday 26 November Wednesday 27 November Thursday 28 November Friday 29 November Saturday 30 November Sunday 1 December Monday 2 December Tuesday 3 December Wednesday 4 December Thursday 5 December Friday 6 December Saturday 7 December Sunday 8 December Monday 9 December Tuesday 10 December Wednesday 11 December Thursday 12 December Friday 13 December Saturday 14 December Sunday 15 December Monday 16 December Tuesday 17 December Wednesday 18 December Thursday 19 December Friday 20 December Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip.
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