I Can See Your House from Here
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|I Can See Your House from Here|
|Studio album by Camel|
|Released||29 October 1979|
|Studio||Farmyard Studios, Little Chalfont, England|
I Can See Your House from Here is the seventh studio album by English progressive rock band Camel. Released in 1979, a new line up was introduced with founding members Andrew Latimer (guitar) and Andy Ward (drums) joined by bassist Colin Bass (to replace Richard Sinclair) and keyboardists Jan Schelhaas (who joined in 1978 for the Breathless tour) and Kit Watkins (ex-Happy The Man) who replaced Dave Sinclair. At one point, the album was going to be called Endangered Species.
Work started on the album in summer 1979, collaborating with producer Rupert Hine, at the Farmyard Studios in Little Chalfont. The process also took place in an Elizabethan country house, a residential recording studio that suited the band well. The orchestral overdubs were added at London's AIR Studios. Mel Collins (who also worked with Caravan) contributed to the band's sound on the saxophone, while Genesis' drummer/vocalist Phil Collins was chosen to play percussion. Andy Latimer was pleased with the end product, saying Hine "was great fun to work with, he was really up and zappy. I enjoyed making that record. We did it rather quickly and it wasn't a lengthy production."
The album was released in mid-October 1979. It spent three weeks in the chart in late October and early November, reaching No. 45. An accompanying single was planned, but shelved. Instead a maxi single containing an edited version of Andy Latimer and Kit Watkins "Remote Romance" was backed with "Rainbow's End" from Breathless (1978) and a Camel / Mick Glossop production of "Tell Me", first released on Rain Dances (1977). It did not reach the charts. The single "Your Love is Stranger than Mine" / "Neon Magic" followed in February 1980.
At the time of the recording one of the somewhat popular jokes in England concerned crucifixion. Its punchline had Jesus nailed to the cross stating to his beckoned apostle Peter, "I can see your house from here." This made such an impression on the band that they decided to develop an outer space theme adaption based on the joke for the sleeve of the album.
The world tour began on 8 October at The Dome, Brighton, England, following France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Spain and ended on 29 January 1980 in Koseinenkin Hall of Tokyo, Japan.
- Side one
- "Wait" (Andrew Latimer, John McBurnie) – 5:02
- "Your Love Is Stranger Than Mine" (Colin Bass, Latimer, Jan Schelhaas, Andy Ward) – 3:26
- "Eye of the Storm" (Kit Watkins) – 3:52 – this was an updated version of a track that Watkins had played with his previous band Happy the Man
- "Who We Are" (Latimer) – 7:52
- Side two
- "Survival" (Latimer) – 1:12
- Simon Jeffes – orchestral arrangements
- Gavin Wright – leader of the orchestra
- "Hymn to Her" (Latimer, Schelhaas) – 5:37
- "Neon Magic" (Latimer, Viv McAuliffe, Schelhaas) – 4:39
- "Remote Romance" (Latimer, Watkins) – 4:07
- "Ice" (Latimer) – 10:17
- 2009 Expanded & Remastered Edition
- "Remote Romance" (Single version)
- "Ice" (Live 1981) – 7:15
- Andrew Latimer – guitars, flute, backing vocals; autoharp on "Who We Are"; lead vocals on "Who We Are", "Hymn to Her" and "Neon Magic"
- Colin Bass – bass, backing vocals; lead vocals on "Wait" and "Your Love Is Stranger Than Mine"
- Kit Watkins – Hammond C3 organ, Solina synthesizer, Yamaha electric grand piano, Rhodes electric piano, Moog synthesizer, Minimoog, Hohner Clavinet, Prophet-5, Yamaha CS-80, EMS Sequencer, flute
- Jan Schelhaas – Yamaha CS-80, Yamaha electric grand piano, grand piano, Prophet-5, Moog synthesizer, Minimoog, EMS Sequencer
- Andy Ward – drums, percussion
- Additional musicians
- Mel Collins – alto saxophone on "Your Love Is Stranger Than Mine"
- Phil Collins – percussion
- Rupert Hine – backing vocals
- Simon Jeffes – orchestral arrangements on "Who We Are" and "Survival"
- Plichta, Matthew. "Camel - I Can See Your House from Here (1979) album review at AllMusic.com". www.AllMusic.com. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
- John Tracy's liner notes on I Can See Your House from Here album's Decca 1989 CD edition
- Camel - I Can See Your House from Here (1979) album review at www.rajaz.co.uk Archived 18 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
- Camel - I Can See Your House from Here (1979) album releases & credits at Discogs.com
- Camel - I Can See Your House from Here (1979) album review by Matthew Plichta, credits & releases at AllMusic.com
- "Camel - I Can See Your House from Here (1979) album releases & credits at Discogs.com". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 3 September 2009.