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« Reply #2235 on: Jan 1st, 2013, 3:51pm »

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« Reply #2236 on: Jan 2nd, 2013, 05:35am »

on Dec 31st, 2012, 7:23pm, Squigelyfox wrote:
I don't think Ton had rehearsed it though had he? I certainly didn't hear of him playing it on tour.

They had been performing 'Lunar Sea' with Ton on some of the European dates, but it was dropped for the UK shows.
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« Reply #2237 on: Jan 2nd, 2013, 10:18am »

on Jan 2nd, 2013, 05:35am, Peter Beasley wrote:
They had been performing 'Lunar Sea' with Ton on some of the European dates, but it was dropped for the UK shows.


Maybe he played ' Lawrence ' better? More his style I reckon, and suited me fine. smiley I do think ' Lady Fantasy ' was better to close the Farewell tour with than ' Lunar Sea ' personally. ' Never let go ' was excellent too, but that had only just been played.
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« Reply #2238 on: Jan 2nd, 2013, 10:20am »

on Jan 1st, 2013, 3:51pm, Noni wrote:
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I remember that pic from Rajaz forum. Taken in Sheffield was it?
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« Reply #2239 on: Jan 2nd, 2013, 4:03pm »

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« Reply #2240 on: Jan 7th, 2013, 07:27am »

Camel shop should be opening today with new stock, but not yet so far.
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« Reply #2241 on: Jan 7th, 2013, 11:21am »

Will keep an eye on this!! rolleyes

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« Reply #2242 on: Jan 7th, 2013, 1:59pm »

The Holiday Spirit

Xmas has always been a subjective time of the year. Some hate it and some, like us, love it. For us, it's not just the one day. It's the entire season, more like Yule which, if you look that up in the dictionary, it usually refers to a 'heathen festival' over a 12-day period of time. It's about the ending of the year, the closing in of winter and the dramatic changes in the landscape. The night sky in winter seems to sparkle. And then there's all the music. I seem to never tire of the seasonal songs and it's the one time of the year I can move about in the town humming merrily, and no one looks at me as if I need a padded cell. Going Christmas Caroling is tops on the list, though it seems to be an endangered species. It's not as easy as it once was, to gather folks together and tempt them to trundle about, bursting with song on a frosty, cold evening.

But we were successful one year. There was one very special evening that came into our lives in 1981. We lived in London at the time and I couldn't find any carolling events, so decided to organise my own. This was not as easy as I thought, despite being in the centre of London with its vibrant musical community. But I did wrangle a few friends, twisted the arm of Anthony Phillips who brought along his friend and fellow muso Dennis Quinn. In all, there were only eight of us but my goodness we made a lovely noise! Andrew and Anthony brought acoustic guitars and Dennis Quinn had a harmonica. The rest of us had candles. London's streets were deep in snow.

We stormed a couple of pubs where we knew we'd have a captive audience and could collect shamelessly for our favourite charities. We went down a storm. Then we headed out, into the community. The night was incredibly still and clear. We found a sort of square, with stunning white, Georgian houses, mostly made into flats. Best of all, we weren't encroaching on any other carollers territory (something we hadn't considered along with a required permit). It was all a bit dark and empty looking, so we approached the first house with lights on, and started singing Silent Night. Lights flickered quickly, and it wasn't long before the residents responded. They were very generous indeed. The next house had already come out, so we moved along singing 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear' (very fitting), 'Ding Dong Merrily on High', even 'Jingle Bells', etc. But 'Silent Night' was the masterpiece. Before we knew it, people were waiting for us. It started to snow as we got to the first turning in the square, big, fat snowflakes you can catch on your tongue. A man asked if we could come up to the door of his house and sing because his wife, ready to give birth imminently, couldn't quite make it past the landing. Well, of course we could. The light inside the hall was very soft and low, but we could see her lying on her side, bundled up with her 'bump', resting on the landing. Other family members in the house were peering over the staircase. We made the sounds of angels. It was like a scene from 'It's A Wonderful Life', sans Jimmy Stewart of course.

By this time, however, Andrew and Anthony's fingers were starting to stiffen from the cold, and Dennis' lips were starting to stick to his harmonica! I'd brought along those disposable heat packs, but we didn't realise they needed 30 minutes to heat up! Add to that, the guitars were reacting to the cold, contracting and creaking in protest. They refused to stay in tune. Still, the lads soldiered on, casting aside their natural desire for musical perfection and giving it the best they had. All I can recall is that it sounded simply magnificent. There was something in the air that transcended all technical problems, and the snow softened the acoustics. The instruments took a life of their own and lifted us well beyond our expectations of a simple carolling evening.

As we were heading back on the other side of the square, a very beautiful, very elegant woman came out to greet us. She had a soft, kind voice, and was genuinely complimentary towards us, applauding not only our voices, but also our efforts. She was exceptionally generous in her donation. At first, we hadn't noticed that a very tall, and equally elegant, man stood behind her with a tray in his hands. On that tray sat 7 glasses of wine, perfectly positioned in line, cradled by white-gloved hands. He was the Butler! I'd never even seen a butler before! The glasses sparkled in the starlight. He graciously offered us each a glass, and we graciously accepted. I don't think I'd ever tasted such exquisite wine before. Or was it the magic of the night? I can still see the stars shimmering between the drifting snowflakes in the night sky above us, as we stood there singing for that kind woman with her handsome butler. They applauded us for a long time as we sang our way to the end of the square. When we reached the last house, the snow was falling thick and fast, sticking to our hair and eyelashes as we looked back at the square. It was ablaze with lights. We had all been removed from our everyday life to a place where faery dust and magic play delightful tricks on little pockets of our world. It was the perfect moment to end that perfect night, in that magical Chelsea square in 1981. And we had raised 300 in donations.

We have not failed to recall that deeply nostalgic, silent night every December since. It never fails to warm our hearts. As it simply isn't possible to recreate such an experience, Andrew surprised me with a little gift of music to celebrate that mystical memory. We want very much to share a bit of magic with all of you at this year-end.

We will, as we have always done without fail, light our Hour Candle this year-end. With that little light, we send our fondest best wishes for love, contentment, health and peace, this year and beyond. All in all, it really is A Wonderful Life.

See you in 2013!

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« Reply #2243 on: Jan 10th, 2013, 12:02pm »

Listening to ANAAW. Terrific so far. grin
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« Reply #2244 on: Jan 10th, 2013, 12:17pm »

CAMEL WEBSITE UPDATES>>>>>>>>>>>>
10Th JANUARY 2013

TOURS PAGE!!!!!

Camel's Farewell Tour is a splendid memory.


So much so, we are now discussing the possibilities for the 'Retirement Sucks' tour in September or October 2013.

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NEWS PAGE

UPDATE 10 JANUARY 2013:

Shop is now open!

The new guitar shirt is speeding through the pre-production stages and soon we'll have some samples to approve, and then we'll be on our way. We think it's looking so good, we couldn't resist posting the artist's rendering of it, just to whet the appetite.

Delivery isn't scheduled yet, but we reckon towards the end of the month, so watch this space.

And now we're thinking about baseball hats...


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« Reply #2245 on: Jan 11th, 2013, 11:21pm »

Possible tour! shocked

rolleyes rolleyes
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« Reply #2246 on: Jan 12th, 2013, 07:37am »

on Jan 11th, 2013, 11:21pm, Noni wrote:
Possible tour! shocked

rolleyes rolleyes


I wish they wouldn't anounce "Possible" things.
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« Reply #2247 on: Jan 12th, 2013, 07:38am »

on Jan 10th, 2013, 12:02pm, NoSonofVine wrote:
Listening to ANAAW. Terrific so far. grin


Nice one. I love Fox Hill myself! smiley
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« Reply #2248 on: Jan 12th, 2013, 10:43am »

on Jan 10th, 2013, 12:02pm, NoSonofVine wrote:
Listening to ANAAW. Terrific so far. grin


Excellent! smiley
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« Reply #2249 on: Jan 14th, 2013, 10:51am »

Just playing Steve Hackett....Genesis Revisited 11

Came across the track Fly on a Windshield

Reminds me of Camel from the Rajaz album.. smiley
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