Rain Dances

Released: 17 September 1977
Recorded: February–August 1977 at Basing Street Studios, London
Length: 44:57
Label: Gama/Decca
Producer: Rhett Davies and Camel

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

Side one

  1. “First Light” (Peter Bardens, Andrew Latimer) – 5:01
  2. “Metrognome” (Bardens, Latimer) – 4:15
  3. “Tell Me” (Bardens, Latimer) – 4:06
  4. “Highways of the Sun” (Bardens, Latimer) – 4:29

Side two

  1. “Unevensong” (Bardens, Latimer, Andy Ward) – 5:35
  2. “One of These Days I’ll Get an Early Night” (Bardens, Mel Collins, Latimer, Richard Sinclair, Ward) – 5:53
  3. “Elke” (Latimer) – 4:26
  4. “Skylines” (Bardens, Latimer, Ward) – 4:24
  5. “Rain Dances” (Bardens, Latimer) – 3:01

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 October 1, 1977) – 5:01
  3. “Metrognome” (Live; taken from BBC “Sight and Sound” in Concert October 1, 1977) – 4:55
  4. “Unevensong” (Live; taken from BBC “Sight and Sound” in Concert October 1, 1977) – 5:47
  5. “Skylines” (Live; taken from BBC “Sight and Sound” in Concert October 1, 1977) – 5:36
  6. “Highways to the Sun” (Live; taken from BBC “Sight and Sound” in Concert October 1, 1977) – 4:59
  7. “One of These Days I’ll Get an Early Night” (Live; taken from BBC “Sight and Sound” in Concert October 1, 1977) – 4:12

Personnel

Camel

  • Andrew Latimer – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, panpipes, flute, fretless bass on “Tell Me”, electric piano on “Elke”, piano on “Elke” and “Rain Dances”, Minimoog on “Elke”, synthesizer on “Elke”, fuzz guitar on “Elke”, rhythm guitar on “Skylines”, bass on “Skylines”, glockenspiel on “Rain Dances”, backing vocals, lead vocals on “Highways of the Sun”
  • Peter Bardens – organ, piano, electric piano, Minimoog, synthesizer, Clavinet
  • Andy Ward – drums, percussion, ocarina, glockenspiel, talking drum
  • Richard Sinclair – bass, lead vocals on “Metrognome”, “Tell Me” and “Unevensong”
  • Mel Collins – alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, bass flute, brass arrangements

Additional personnel

  • Martin Drover – trumpet on “One of These Days I’ll Get an Early Night”, flugel horn on “Skylines”
  • Malcolm Griffiths – trombone on “One of These Days I’ll Get an Early Night” and “Skylines”
  • Brian Eno – Minimoog, electric piano, piano on “Elke”
  • Fiona Hibbert – harp on “Elke”

Production

  • Dave Hutchins – engineer
  • Paul Henry – sleeve design
  • Bob Searles – illustration

Release details

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

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