Record Collector (magazine): 4 stars out of 5 -- "1978's BREATHLESS might even be the finest thing they ever did; surprisingly buoyant and euphonious..."
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- Released: September 28, 2009
- Originally Released: 1978
- Label: Esoteric
Record Collector (magazine) - p.764 stars out of 5 -- "1978's BREATHLESS might even be the finest thing they ever did; surprisingly buoyant and euphonious..."
- 3.A Wing and a Prayer
- 4.Down on the Farm
- 5.Starlight Ride
- 6.Summer Lightning
- 7.You Make Me Smile
- 8.The Sleeper
- 9.Rainbow's End
- 10.Rainbow's End - (previously unreleased)
Camel: Andrew Latimer (guitar, synthesizer, vocals), Mel Collins (flute, saxophone), Peter Bardens (keyboards), Richard Sinclair (bass, vocals), Andy Ward (drums, percussion).
Personnel: Mel Collins (flute, saxophone); Peter Bardens (keyboards); Andy Ward (drums, percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Paschal Byrne.
Liner Note Author: Mark Powell.
With Rain Dances, Camel began exploring shorter, more concise songs, but it wasn't until its follow-up, Breathless, that they truly made a stab at writing pop songs. Although they didn't completely abandon improvisational prog rock -- there are several fine, jazzy interludes -- most of the record is comprised of shorter songs designed for radio play. While the group didn't quite achieve that goal, Breathless is nevertheless a more accessible record than Camel's other albums, which tend to focus on instrumentals. Here, they try to be a straightforward prog rock band, and while the results are occasionally a little muddled, it is on the whole surprisingly successful. ~ Daevid Jehnzen
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