Product Code: 4568294
Artist: Camel
Origin: EU
Label: Decca (2023)
Format: LP
Availability: In Stock
Cover: M
Record: M
Genre: Pop N

The Snow Goose

Brand new 180 gram album remastered from the original tapes. Made in the EU.

The Snow Goose is the third album by the band Camel, released in 1975. The critical success[2] of "The White Rider" suite (based on J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and appearing on the band's previous album, Mirage), inspired the group to write more novel-inspired conceptual suites.[2]

The band considered several novels on which to base their next album. For a time they settled on Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse, and some songs were written before the idea was abandoned in favour of Paul Gallico's novella The Snow Goose. The album's name, originally The Snow Goose was altered to Music Inspired by The Snow Goose to accommodate legal protests by Paul Gallico.[3] Gallico's protests were not, as is often[3] stated, motivated by a disapproval of smoking – Gallico was in fact a keen smoker[4] – but simply on the grounds of copyright infringement.[5] The album was originally due to feature lyrics based around Paul Gallico's text, but due to his objections, an instrumental was made instead. The music was mostly written during an intensive fortnight in a cottage in Devon, England.[3]

In January 1975 work on "Snow Goose" began at Island Studios in London with David Hitchcock undertaking production duties for the band once more and Rhett Davies as sound engineer. Overdubbed At Decca Studios was engineered by John Burns. The London Symphony Orchestra participated in the recording and composer and Conductor David Bedford was enlisted to write the highly evocative orchestral arrangements for Latimer and Bardens´ creation.

Doug's duffle coat, mentioned in the credits, was used by Andy Latimer and Doug Ferguson on 'Epitaph' to simulate a flapping of wings by waving it in the air.

The album went on sale in April 1975, eventually reaching number 22 in UK album chart in the summer of the year (13 weeks on chart).Certified Silver. In USA the album was released on 19 July 1975, achieved a Billboard chart placing 162.

The album opened the doors to international level and in the following years would achieve great prestige, especially in Europe and Japan. The album is considered one of the masterpieces of symphonic rock[2] and in 2014 was voted no.31 in the Top 100 Prog Albums of All Time by readers of 'Prog' magazine.

The Great Marsh  
    Rhayader Goes To Town  
    The Snow Goose  
    Rhayader Alone  
    Flight Of The Snow Goose  
    Fritha Alone  
    La Princesse Perdue  
    The Great Marsh