Breathless (Camel album)

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Studio album by Camel
Released 22 September 1978
Recorded 1978 at The Manor, Chipping Norton Recording Studios, Threshold, England
Genre Progressive rock
Length 44:56
Label Gama/Decca
Producer Camel and Mick Glossop
Camel chronology
Rain Dances
I Can See Your House from Here
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Breathless is the sixth studio album by the English progressive rock band Camel, released in 1978. It is the last album to feature the group's original keyboardist, Peter Bardens, who left the group before the tour for the album. He was replaced with two keyboardists for the tour: Dave Sinclair (bassist Richard Sinclair's cousin, both ex-Caravan) and Jan Schelhaas (also ex-Caravan).

The album focuses on shorter, radio-friendly songs, as the group was trying to gain some airplay.[citation needed] Also, the group gives their sound another feel on some tracks. For example, the humorous "Down on the Farm" sounds like Caravan (in the song's feel, this is reinforced by having Richard Sinclair as the lead singer on the track), and "Summer Lightning" has a disco-feel with extended solos from Bardens and Latimer.

However, the group retained its jazz influence and progressive sound on other tracks.[citation needed] Notable examples of this are "The Sleeper" and "Echoes", which sound similar to music contained on early albums like Mirage (1974) and Moonmadness (1976). Both songs are highlights of the album, and "Echoes" also became a favourite on the group's live repertoire, and is considered among fans as one of the best songs the group ever recorded.[citation needed]

This album shows how the band continued transforming their sound into a pop-like sound, while it also displays the group's progressive and jazz roots and other styles as well.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Breathless" (Andrew Latimer, Peter Bardens, Andy Ward) – 4:21
  2. "Echoes" (Latimer, Bardens, Ward) – 7:21
  3. "Wing and a Prayer" (Latimer, Bardens) – 4:46
  4. "Down on the Farm" (Richard Sinclair) – 4:25
  5. "Starlight Ride" (Latimer, Bardens) – 3:26
Side two
  1. "Summer Lightning" (Latimer, Sinclair) – 6:10
  2. "You Make Me Smile" (Latimer, Bardens) – 4:18
  3. "The Sleeper" (Latimer, Bardens, Ward, Mel Collins) – 7:08
  4. "Rainbow's End" (Latimer, Bardens) – 3:01
2009 Expanded & Remastered Edition
  1. "Rainbow's End" (Single version) - 2:59


Additional personnel
  • Dave Sinclair – synthesizer on "You Make Me Smile", piano on "Rainbow's End"


  1. ^ Jehnzen, Daevid. Breathless at AllMusic. Retrieved 24 June 2011.

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