CAMEL

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Har­bour of tears (1996) camel are such mas­ters of the con­cept al­bum that they even man­aged to pull off one, the snow goose, that didn’t have any lyrics. but har­bour of tears was a dif­fer­ent beast en­tirely. its far and away-style con­cept was in­spired by the real-life tale of vo­cal­ist/gui­tarist andy la­timer’s grand­mother and her fam­ily leav­ing ire­land. the har­bour of the ti­tle refers to cobh har­bour in county cork, a port from which thou­sands of émi­grés de­parted dur­ing the 1800s and 1900s. it’s this per­sonal

touch, to­gether with its evoca­tive celtic flour­ishes, that lends har­bour of tears a gen­uine emo­tional un­der­cur­rent.

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