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Dust and Dreams

Released: 21 April 1991
Recorded: Produced in the United Kingdom at Upstairs at Harry’s and in the United States at Downstairs at Harry’s. ‘Go West’ recorded at Abbey Road. Mixed at Air Studios, London, England. Mastered at the Mastering Lab, Los Angeles, California.
Length: 47:57
Label: Camel Productions
Producer: Andy Latimer
Matrix/Runout: 116344-D1-2032-2 DISCTRONICS USA **CP001CD**

Dust and Dreams is the eleventh studio album by Camel. Released in 1991 after a seven-year hiatus during which Andrew Latimer and Susan Hoover moved from England to California to set up their own Camel Productions label, the album was inspired by John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

Track listings

All songs were written by Andrew Latimer, except where noted.

  1. “Dust Bowl” – 1:54
  2. “Go West” – 3:42
  3. “Dusted Out” – 1:35
  4. “Mother Road” – 4:15
  5. “Needles” – 2:34
  6. “Rose of Sharon” (Susan Hoover, Latimer) – 4:48
  7. “Milk n’ Honey” – 3:30
  8. “End Of The Line” (Hoover, Latimer) – 6:52
  9. “Storm Clouds” – 2:06
  10. “Cotton Camp” – 2:55
  11. “Broken Banks” – 0:34
  12. “Sheet Rain” – 2:14
  13. “Whispers” – 0:52
  14. “Little Rivers And Little Rose” – 1:56
  15. “Hopeless Anger” – 4:57
  16. “Whispers in the Rain” – 2:56


  • Andy Latimer – Guitar, Flute, Keyboards, Vocals, Producer, Engineer
  • Colin Bass – Bass
  • Ton Scherpenzeel – Keyboards
  • Paul Burgess – Drums

Additional musicians

  • John Xepoleas – Drums
  • David Paton – Vocal on “Rose of Sharon”
  • Mae McKenna – Vocal on “Rose of Sharon”
  • Don Harriss – Keyboards
  • Christopher Bock – Drums
  • Neil Panton – Oboe
  • John Burton – French Horn
  • Kim Venaas – Harmonica, Timpani

Other credits

  • Produced & engineered by Andy Latimer
  • Mixed by Bruce Lampcov at Air Studios, London
  • Artwork by Emily Mura-Smith

Additional Information from the Skylines Website

After years of total silence, Camel make a comeback in an intense and moving concept album. Somewhat similar to Nude in the global sound, and yet more personal, more complex musically and more touching. Highly recommended for those of you appreciate the 80’ss Camel, but notably very different from Camel’s first five progressive albums. The last 8 songs are instrumental, standing together as one piece (a la Nude and The Snow Goose). Most of the tracks are instrumental, and the songs are all terrific. Andrew’s guitar playing stands out, as it did in some solos in Nude or Moonmadness, but the album suffers from somewhat mechanic drums playing, sounding too much like electric drums. The album has some wonderful moments featuring non-typical Camel instruments, such as Oboe, Harmonica or Horns, which fall into the right place at the most touching moments.
The CD cover has the lyrics and some excellent B&W photography, related to the concept of the album.

  • The record was inspired by John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath”, which was also made into a superb movie by John Ford, in 1940. This is the story of poor farmers from Oklahoma, moving from the Dust Bowl to California during the depression, and being confronted with prejudice and violence. Rose of Sharon is the leading character’s bigger sister, who’s carrying a baby.
  • The concept was arranged by Susan Hoover, who also wrote some lyrics.
  • Dust and Dreams recording has begun in UK, and then completed in US. Andy wrote it over the “lost” years between 1984 and 1991. These big time gaps lead to some rewriting of entire sections of the piece.
  • Dust and Dreams relates to Latimer and Hoover’s immigration from the UK and settling in California, USA.

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