Rain Dances

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For dances intended to invoke rain, see Rainmaking (ritual).
Rain Dances
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Studio album by Camel
Released 17 September 1977
Recorded February–August 1977 at Basing Street Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, jazz fusion
Length 44:57
Label Gama/Decca
Producer Rhett Davies and Camel
Camel chronology
Moonmadness
(1976)
Rain Dances
(1977)
Breathless
(1978)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Progrography review [2]

Rain Dances is the fifth studio album by English progressive rock band Camel. It was released in 1977 on Gama Records/Decca Records, and brought a major change to the band's lineup, by replacing bassist Doug Ferguson with ex-Caravan member Richard Sinclair and by adding saxophonist Mel Collins, formerly of King Crimson.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "First Light" (Peter Bardens, Andrew Latimer) – 5:01
    • Andrew Latimer - 6- and 12-string guitars, pan pipes
    • Mel Collins - alto saxophone
    • Pete Bardens - Mini Moog, string synthesizer
    • Richard Sinclair - bass
    • Andy Ward - drums, nocarina, teeth, cheek, Turkish ring
  2. "Metrognome" (Bardens, Latimer) – 4:15
    • Andrew Latimer - guitar
    • Mel Collins - tenor saxophone
    • Pete Bardens - electric piano, organ, string synthesizer
    • Richard Sinclair - bass, lead vocals
    • Andy Ward - drums, percussion, money
  3. "Tell Me" (Bardens, Latimer) – 4:06
    • Andrew Latimer - fretless bass, backing vocals, flute
    • Mel Collins - soprano and bass clarinets
    • Pete Bardens - eletric piano, Mini Moog
    • Richard Sinclair - lead and harmony vocals
    • Andy Ward - finger cymbals, glockenspiel
  4. "Highways of the Sun" (Bardens, Latimer) – 4:29
    • Andrew Latimer - acoustic guitar, lead vocals
    • Mel Collins - soprano and bass flutes
    • Pete Bardens - acoustic and electric pianos, organ, Mini Moog, string synthesizer
    • Richard Sinclair - bass, wicket keeper
    • Andy Ward - drums, percussion, liquid Boo Bams
Side two
  1. "Unevensong" (Bardens, Latimer, Andy Ward) – 5:35
    • Andrew Latimer - guitar, second lead vocals
    • Pete Bardens - electric piano, clavinet, Mini Moog, string synthesizers, car horns
    • Richard Sinclair - bass, first lead vocals
    • Andy Ward - drums, percussion, Rototoms
  2. "One of These Days I'll Get an Early Night" (Bardens, Mel Collins, Latimer, Richard Sinclair, Ward) – 5:53
    • Andrew Latimer - guitar
    • Mel Collins - all saxophones
    • Pete Bardens - piano
    • Richard Sinclair - bass
    • Andy Ward - drums, percussion, talking drum, smurd
    • Martin Drover - trumpet
    • Malcolm Griffiths - trombone
  3. "Elke" (Latimer) – 4:26
    • Andrew Latimer - fuzz guitar, acoustic and electric pianos, Mini Moog, string synthesizers, flute
    • Brian Eno - acoustic and electric pianos, Mini Moog, bells
    • Fiona Hibbert - harp
  4. "Skylines" (Bardens, Latimer, Ward) – 4:24
    • Andrew Latimer - feedback, 6- and 12-string, lead and rhythm guitars, bass, sore fingers
    • Mel Collins - alto saxophone
    • Pete Bardens - electric piano, Mini Moog, string synthesizers
    • Andy Ward - drums, tunisian clay drum, swanee
    • Martin Drover - flugelhorn
    • Malcolm Griffiths - trombone
  5. "Rain Dances" (Bardens, Latimer) – 3:01
    • Andrew Latimer - pizzicato guitar, treated piano, glockenspiel, umbrellas
    • Mel Collins - soprano saxophone, umbrellas
    • Pete Bardens - Mini Moog, string synthesizer, umbrellas [3]
CD bonus track
  1. "Highways of the Sun" (Single edit) (Bardens, Latimer)
2009 Expanded & Remastered Edition
  1. "Highways of the Sun" (Single version) – 4:00
  2. "First Light" (Live; taken from BBC "Sight and Sound" in Concert 1 October 1977) – 5:01
  3. "Metrognome" (Live; taken from BBC "Sight and Sound" in Concert 1 October 1977) – 4:55
  4. "Unevensong" (Live; taken from BBC "Sight and Sound" in Concert 1 October 1977) – 5:47
  5. "Skylines" (Live; taken from BBC "Sight and Sound" in Concert 1 October 1977) – 5:36
  6. "Highways to the Sun" (Live; taken from BBC "Sight and Sound" in Concert 1 October 1977) – 4:59
  7. "One of These Days I'll Get an Early Night" (Live; taken from BBC "Sight and Sound" in Concert 1 October 1977) – 4:12

Personnel[edit]

Camel
Additional personnel
Production

Release details[edit]

  • 1977, UK, Gama/Decca, Release date: September 1977, LP
  • 1991, UK/GER, Deram, Release date: 26 August, CD (w. bonus track)
  • 2004, UK, London 8207252, Release date: 2 February 2004, CD (remastered version)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Plichta, Mathew (2011). "Rain Dances - Camel | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "RAIN DANCES". connollyco.com. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Camel-Rain-Dances/release/5184394