Snow Goose

Released: April 1975
Recorded: Island Studios
Length: 43:05
Label: Decca Records
Producer: David Hitchcock

Music Inspired by The Snow Goose is the third album released by the band Camel in 1975. The success of the White Rider suite (based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and appearing on the band’s previous album, Mirage), inspired the group to write more novel-inspired conceptual suites. The band considered several novels on which to base their next album. For a time they settled on Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse, and some songs were written before the idea was abandoned in favor of Paul Gallico’s novel The Snow Goose. The album’s name, originally simply “The Snow Goose”, was altered to accommodate legal protests by Gallico.

The album reached silver status in 1981, and is considered by many to be their most accessible work. It is remarkable for having no lyrics and orchestral (plus rock) instrumentation.

Original Sleeve Design by Modula.

Track Listing

All songs by Peter Bardens and Andrew Latimer.

Side One

  1. “The Great Marsh” – 2:02
  2. “Rhayader” – 3:01
  3. “Rhayader Goes to Town” – 5:19
  4. “Sanctuary” – 1:05
  5. “Fritha” – 1:19
  6. “The Snow Goose” – 3:11
  7. “Friendship” – 1:43
  8. “Migration” – 2:01
  9. “Rhayader Alone” – 1:50

Side Two

  1. “Flight of the Snow Goose” – 2:40
  2. “Preparation” – 3:58
  3. “Dunkirk” – 5:19
  4. “Epitaph” – 2:07
  5. “Fritha Alone” – 1:40
  6. “La Princesse Perdue” – 4:43
  7. “The Great Marsh (Reprise)” – 1:20

Bonus Tracks on 2002 Remaster

  1. “Flight of The Snow Goose” (Single Edit, A-side of Decca F-R 13581, Previously unreleased on CD) – 2:05
  2. “Rhayader” (Single Edit, B-side of Decca F-R 13581, Previously unreleased on CD) – 3:09
  3. “Flight of the Snow Goose” (Alternate Single Edit) – 2:49
  4. “Rhayader Goes to Town” (Recorded Live at The Marquee Club) – 5:07
  5. “The Snow Goose / Freefall” (Recorded Live at The Marquee Club) – 11:01

Japanese SHM 2CD on 2009 Disc2

Track 1 -Track 11 Recorded Live From BBC Radio One Concert 1975

  1. Rhayader Goes To Town
  2. Sanctuary
  3. The Snow Goose
  4. Migration
  5. Rhayader Alone
  6. Flight Of The Snow Goose
  7. Preparation
  8. Dunkirk
  9. Epitaph
  10. La Princesse Perdue
  11. The Great Marsh
  12. Selections From The Snow Goose (BBC 2 Old Grey Whistle Test 1975)

Personnel

  • Andrew Latimer – Electric, Acoustic and Slide Guitars, Flute, Vocals
  • Peter Bardens – Organ, Mini Moog, Electric Piano, Acoustic Piano, Pipe Organ, ARP Odyssey
  • Doug Ferguson – Bass
  • Andy Ward – Drums, Vibes, Percussion
  • David Bedford – Orchestral Arrangements
  • Rhett Davies – Recording Engineer

Release Details

  • 1975, UK, Decca Records 291 034, Release Date April 1975, LP
  • 2002, UK, London 8829292, Release Date 3 June 2002, CD (remastered edition)
  • 2009, Japan, Universal, UICY-94132/3, 27 May 2009, 2CD (SHM)

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