I Can See Your House from Here

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For the 1994 album by John Scofield and Pat Metheny, see I Can See Your House from Here (John Scofield and Pat Metheny album).
I Can See Your House From Here
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Studio album by Camel
Released 29 October 1979
Recorded 1979 at Farmyard Studios, Little Chalfont, England
Genre Progressive rock
Length 46:04
Label Gama/Decca
Producer Rupert Hine
Camel chronology
Breathless
(1978)
I Can See Your House from Here
(1979)
Nude
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

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.

Recording[edit]

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 celebrated AIR Studios establishment. An old friend of the band, 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 delighted with the end product, emphatically saying: "Rupert 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."

Rupert Hine thereon commented: "...extraordinary moment for me was Andy Latimer's improvised solo on "Ice." I hadn't realised just how passionate a player he was. As I recall the solo was just one take, not as was already typical by that time – a composite of 'best bits' of a number of different takes. This was a fine example of consciousness-flow through musical expression that only a player entirely comfortable with his instrument can achieve. Unlike so many guitarists of his era bent on illustrating how many notes could be crammed into a solo or how much overall noise could be produced from one instrument, Andy's approach seem to be born out of less is more with each note having both flow and feel".

The master tapes were delivered to 'The Supreme Record Company', and a release date was scheduled for mid-October 1979 as Decca TXS-R 137. On October 27th the album bounced into the charts, staying there for twenty-one days and peaking at No. 45. It was decided by the powers-that-be to issue a supporting seven incher to boost media interest, and it appears that the first choice item was allocated a catalog number and then shelved temporarily to make way for what was felt to be a stronger maxi-single. From the new spectacle Andy Latimer and Kit Watkins ' Remote Romance was edited to form the 'A' side of Decca F-R 13879 (Rel.: 26 October, UK only), while its lower deck consisted of single version of Rainbow's End from Breathless (TXS-R 132, 22 September 1978) and a Camel / Mick Glossop production of Tell Me, a number first heard on Rain Dances (TXS-R 124, September 1977). Sadly, like all such Camel offerings, it failed to trouble compilers of the weekly best-sellers, but encouraged the radio play for which it was primarily intended. On 29 February 1980 that which had originally been intended as an inaugural single surfaced, when F-R 13871 called to admirers everywhere, this time cementing the latest set's Your Love is Stranger than Mine and Neon Magic back-to-back. While not breaking the mould of that which had gone before, sales figures were respectable. By their own admission, however, Camel never set out to create anything with the singles market in mind, but unlike many of their album-orientated contemporaries, readily accepted their disc outlets' attempts worldwide to broaden band appeal through the media mainstream as they wished.

Cover artwork[edit]

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.

Tour[edit]

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.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "Wait" (Andrew Latimer, John McBurnie) – 5:02
    • Andrew Latimer - guitar, backing vocals
    • Kit Watkins - Yamaha electric grand and Rhodes pianos, Hammond C3 organ, Solina and Moog synthesizers
    • Jan Schelhaas - Yamaha electric grand piano, Yamaha Cs80, Prophet Five and Moog synthesizers
    • Colin Bass - bass, lead vocals
    • Andy Ward - drums
  2. "Your Love Is Stranger Than Mine" (Colin Bass, Latimer, Jan Schelhaas, Andy Ward) – 3:26
    • Andrew Latimer - guitar, backing vocals
    • Kit Watkins - Prophet Five synthesizer
    • Jan Schelhaas - Yamaha electric grand piano, Mini Moog
    • Colin Bass - bass, lead vocals
    • Andy Ward - drums
    • Mel Collins - alto saxophone
  3. "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
    • Andrew Latimer - guitar
    • Kit Watkins - clavinet, flute, Solina and Moog synthesizers
    • Colin Bass - fretless Wal bass
    • Andy Ward - massed marching military snares
  4. "Who We Are" (Latimer) – 7:52
    • Andrew Latimer - guitar, lead vocals, flute, autoharp
    • Kit Watkins - Solina and Moog synthesizers
    • Jan Schelhaas - grand piano
    • Colin Bass - bass, backing vocals
    • Andy Ward - drums
    • Simon Jeffes - orchestral arrangements
Side two
  1. "Survival" (Latimer) – 1:12
    • Simon Jeffes - orchestral arrangements
    • Gavin Wright - leader of the orchestra
  2. "Hymn to Her" (Latimer, Schelhaas) – 5:37
    • Andrew Latimer - guitar, lead vocals, flute, autoharp
    • Kit Watkins - clavinet, Hammond C3 organ, Solina and Moog synthesizers
    • Jan Schelhaas - grand piano
    • Colin Bass - bass, backing vocals
    • Andy Ward - drums
  3. "Neon Magic" (Latimer, Viv McAuliffe, Schelhaas) – 4:39
    • Andrew Latimer - guitar, lead vocals
    • Kit Watkins - Hammond C3 organ, Yamaha Cs80 and Solina synthesizers
    • Jan Schelhaas - Yamaha electric grand piano, Solina, Yamaha Cs80 and Moog synthesizers
    • Colin Bass - bass
    • Andy Ward - drums
  4. "Remote Romance" (Latimer, Watkins) – 4:07
    • Andrew Latimer - guitar
    • Kit Watkins - clavinet, Hammond C3 organ, Yamaha Cs80 and Moog synthesizers, Ems sequenceer
    • Jan Schelhaas - Ems sequencer
    • Andy Ward - drums, percussion, loops
  5. "Ice" (Latimer) – 10:17
    • Andrew Latimer - guitar
    • Kit Watkins - Yamaha electric grand and Rhodes pianos, Hammond C3 organ, Solina and Moog synthesizers
    • Jan Schelhaas - grand piano
    • Colin Bass - bass
    • Andy Ward - drums [2]
2009 Expanded & Remastered Edition
  1. "Remote Romance" (Single version)
  2. "Ice" (Live 1981) – 7:15

Personnel[edit]

Camel
Additional musicians

References[edit]

2. John Tracy, Decca 1989 CD edition

3. http://www.rajaz.co.uk/

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