Great feature on Camel [Prog 90]. I never felt they got the recognition they deserved back in the day. It inspired me to dig out the Rainbow’s End box set and have a good listen. I think Dave Williams was right though – they lacked a good singer (possible exception of Richard Sinclair) and I think it’s an ongoing problem in prog: there are some great bands, old and new, who suffer in the vocalist department.
Still, you can’t fault Andy Latimer’s guitar playing – he reminds a bit of Mr Hackett, and for me, the first four albums are up there with the best. I saw both the Moonmadness and Rain Dances tours and they were fantastic live. And yes, I remember the astrocamel… I had the badge!