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London, England, United Kingdom (1971 – 1984, 1991 – present)

Camel is an English progressive rock group from London, England, United Kingdom. They formed circa 1964 when brothers Andrew and Ian Latimer got together with their respective friends Alan Butcher and Richard Over to form The Phantom Four. The band played extensively around their home town of Guildford, Surrey before changing their name to Strange Bew. The group performed mainly cover tunes until mid-1968 when Ian Latimer quit to get married. Andrew Latimer and Alan Butcher placed an ad in the Surrey Advertiser for a bass player to which Doug Ferguson responded. On 13th November 1968 Ferguson arrived for an audition and promptly impressed the duo with his confidence, a ‘fat’ bass sound, excellent gear (Fender jazz bass, 2 Vox T-60 cabs with amps) and his own roadie! He was offered the gig on the spot. The new blues orientated trio was called The Brew. Shortly after joining The Brew, Ferguson told Latimer about an exciting drummer he knew. Andy Ward joined The Brew at the tender age of 14 and the heart of Camel had begun to take shape.

Ferguson rapidly proved himself to be a great asset with his talent for getting the band attention and gigs. He was also very good at coaxing the promised fees out of promoters, who often protested they didn’t have the money on hand. As a result, The Brew enjoyed a steady stream of performance dates and recorded their first demo, ‘Crossroads’ in which DJM Records seemed to show interest but the trio were disappointed to learn that it was only in using them as a backing band for another of their artists, Philip Goodhand-Tait.

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  • AgentSamFisher

    حرف نداری شتر

    17 Jul 1:53pm Reply
  • DavidVSoho

    Stationary Traveller ♥

    10 Jul 9:25am Reply
  • sovnaj

    What is that stupid music called as featured tracks? No Camel at all! Delete it please

    19 Jun 8:05pm Reply
  • luxivity

    Gives me life.

    17 Jun 7:39am Reply
  • tsudduth24

    The Snow Goose <3

    23 Apr 1:57am Reply
  • alkimedon

    oy bağları bağları, ninja kaplumbağları

    18 Apr 7:08am Reply
  • eeehaw

    Rajaz needs more love.

    11 Apr 8:17am Reply
  • RomanyDagger

    Just from looking at reviews, these guys look like one of the most consistent bands I've ever seen.

    10 Apr 10:29pm Reply
  • TheOnlyMAD

    Song Within a Song is so goddamn beautiful.

    13 Mar 8:05am Reply
  • Toll_Suur

    Harbour of Tears and Rajaz are so inexcusably underrated

    2 Mar 5:35pm Reply
  • kokocijo

    Listening to Moonmadness on vinyl right now. Sounds sooo good. :)

    2 Mar 2:08am Reply
  • zimnyabsolut

    I love Camel and wants to see them live. My life was very empty without Andrew music. All the best for the Camel's fans. Incredible band with an incredibly low fanbase. [8]

    18 Jan 3:43pm Reply
  • DanZardo

    The bass line on Nimrodel is sick!

    3 Jan 2:07am Reply
  • guitar_prayer

    Пожалуй лучше, чем Van der Graaf Generator

    29 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Wotsthedeal

    Rajaz needs more love.

    27 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Poisonnation

    Incredible band with an incredibly low fanbase. [7]

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Listener2m

    The best evaaa <3

    16 Dec 2014 Reply
  • niQboy

    Moonmadness, Snow Goose and Mirage are definitely amongst my favorite albums, but the debut is magical aswell. ¶ I also recommend the songs "Echoes" and "The Sleeper" from the Breathless album, or if you're into atmospheric guitar tracks like Marooned by Pink Floyd, you might wanna check out the title track from Stationary Traveller and "Ice" from the I Can See Your House From Here album. If you're into more "pop" style songs, you can try "You Are The One" from their 80's album The Single Factor and "West Berlin" off of Stationary Traveller.

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Pepexepex

    Lunar Sea is so good. Easily their best track, but Lady Fantasy and the snow goose album is excellent too!

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ReachDown

    Moonmadness is excellent indeed

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
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