Camel (Band)

Camel is a British progressive rock group led by singer and guitarist Andrew (Andy ) Latimer.


Camel was founded in 1971 when Peter Bardens joining the group consisting of Andrew Latimer, Andy Ward and Doug Ferguson band, The Brew. You quickly changed the band's name in camel and played for the first time before a larger audience at the Waltham Forest Technical College along with the band Wishbone Ash.

Released its first album in 1973 at the Camel label MCA Records. After the financial failure of the first recordings they switched to Decca Records. There Camel published in 1974 their second, far more successful album Mirage. The equally successful albums The Snow Goose and Moon Madness were published in the following two years.

The band's history is marked by Camels personnel changes. So came in 1976, saxophonist Mel Collins joined the band founding member Doug Ferguson, however, left Camel a year later. The one constant of the band is Andrew Latimer, the 1971 member of the band since its founding.

1981 left the band drummer Andy Ward. Camel subsequently introduced a creative break. A year later, formed one with Andrew Latimer, Kit Watkins, Andy Dalby, Chris Rainbow, Stuart Tosh and David Paton new and played the album The Single Factor one, which meant a musical break. The band turned more and more from their roots in the Progressive Rock from and devoted himself simpler hits.

In the 1990s, Latimer moved to the U.S. and with Dust and Dreams released the first album under his own label Camel Productions. After an extensive tour in 1997 produced her 1999 album Camel Rajaz in the occupation of Andrew Latimer, Dave Stewart and Colin Bass. 2002 Andy Latimer dedicated the album A Nod And A Wink his old, died in the same year colleague Peter Bardens. 2003 was followed by another tour. Excerpts of it to be possibly released in the future on DVD and CD.

Since 1992, Andy Latimer on the blood disease polycythemia vera ( PV) is ill, which has since moved myelofibrosis after themselves.

2013 Camel toured through Europe. Three of the ten concerts took place in late October, 2013 in Germany. In March 2014 a second European tour took place that led through the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, England, Portugal, Spain and Italy.


In the 1970s, Camel played especially progressive rock. The band became known for their melodic compositions with long instrumental parts. Here particularly bandleader Andrew Latimer did produce through his guitar and flute.

In the 1980s, Camel approached with shorter and more concise tracks the more "mainstream" of rock and pop music on. In the 1990s, but it returned after a few personnel changes back to the progressive origins of the band and expanded it partially around a folkloric component.



Studio albums

  • 2002 - Coming Of Age (live, March 13, 1997 Billboard, Los Angeles, USA)
  • 2003 - Pressure Points (live, May 11, 1984 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK)
  • 2003 - Curriculum Vitae
  • 2004 - Footage
  • 2005 - Footage II
  • 2007 - Total Pressure (live, May 11, 1984 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK) This time the complete concert as well as other 4 bonus tracks and 1 interview with Andrew Latimer!
  • 2007 - Moondance (live, April 14, 1976 Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK Bonus: Autumn (1974 ) and Riverman (1975 ) )


Live albums


Andrew Latimer founded in 1991 under the name "Camel Productions ' own record label under which the albums are distributed by Camel. This can be explained in the 90s, the large number of live albums.