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Acquired knowledge would possibly counsel that punk rock had laid waste to progressive rock by the latter months of 1977. Genesis, ELP and different heavyweights will let you know in any other case, as will Camel, whose fifth studio album Rain Dances entered the UK charts on September 17 that 12 months and instantly turned their second High 20 LP in a row.

This was a staging put up for the English outfit, some 4 years after their self-titled debut document. It marked the arrival of former Caravan co-founder, bassist and vocalist Richard Sinclair, and ex-King Crimson saxophonist Mel Collins, and the departure of bass participant Doug Ferguson.

After the No.15 UK success of 1976’s Moon Insanity, there was no signal of any slowing in Camel’s recognition or creativity. Co-producing once more with Rhett Davies, Rain Dances featured 9 new songs largely written by Pete Bardens and Andy Latimer.

Camel that includes Brian Eno

There was a visitor look on “Elke” by Brian Eno, on acoustic and electrical piano, Mini Moog and bells. The 2009 reissue of the album added seven extra tracks, six of which got here from the BBC Sight & Sound In Live performance efficiency, broadcast concurrently by BBC Radio 1 and BBC2 on tv on October 1 that 12 months.

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Rain Dances debuted at No.20 in a UK chart that did mirror the brand new wave in a climb into the High Ten for the Stranglers’ debut album Stranglers IV (Rattus Norvegicus), however which additionally had a strongly progressive taste. Jean-Michel Jarre’s Oxygene climbed to No.2, whereas Sure had been simply outdoors the highest ten with Going For The One and the Alan Parsons Mission had been within the High 50 with I Robotic.

The Camel album spent a second week at No.20 in an eight-week chart run. Two extra High 40 LPs would observe for the band, together with with their subsequent launch Breathless in 1978.

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