ZitatCamel were one of the biggest and best prog bands of the 70s. Led by Andy Latimer, the group continues to perform, with gigs of their glorious The Snow Goose album taking place this month. He talks to RC’s Michael Heatley, who also brings us an unpublished interview with the late Peter Bardens from 1993 The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg
As the 70s dawned, the possibilities of progressive rock were being explored by musicians worldwide. Camel were among the hopefuls who set sail and, like the ship of the desert they were named after, they survived through thick and thin.
This autumn sees them touring Europe for the first time in many years. Guitarist Andy Latimer, the sole remaining founder member, has fought back from life-threatening illness to lead the band, and the highlight promises to be a show at London’s Barbican this month, when they will play 1975 concept album The Snow Goose in its entirety.
Initially the band was known as Peter Bardens’ Camel, to differentiate them from Peter Frampton’s Camel. By the time of Comes Alive, Frampton had relinquished the name, and keyboardist Bardens – the sole name musician of the outfit on their formation – then reverted to being a non-featured member.
Bardens’ past included a stint with Them alongside Van Morrison, and Peter B’s Looners with drummer Mick Fleetwood and guitarist Peter Green, which eventually became the Rod Stewart-fronted Shotgun Express. He’d also cut a pair of solo albums for the Transatlantic label, The Answer (1970) and Peter Bardens (’71, titled Write My Name In The Dust in the US).
Bardens and Latimer were the main songwriters, but contrary to popular …