It's About Time!
ThrEaD NUGENT | Newport Beach, CA United States | 04/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been waiting years for Rain Dances to receive the remaster treatment that the 1st four Camel LPs and the Live Record enjoyed. I am pleased to report a job wonderfully executed. This version has a punch the original Decca cd lacked...to keep it short it sounds fresh, bright and clean w/ some volume added...it's been in my car since I received it last week...The bonus tracks to me don't really add much, I actually wish they were left off: the single version of Highways of the Sun and 6 live audio tracks from the '77 Sight and Sound footage found on the Camel Footage dvds (which are beyond essential) .
Now I am crossing my fingers for Breathless, I Can See Your House From Here, Nude, The Single Factor and Pressure Points to see remasters (Stationary Traveller was remastered by Andrew Latimer and can be found at Camel's website). Overall a wonderful new updated package w/ great liner notes and killer sound...Enjoy this great LP by a criminally overlooked band."
An excellent and long awaited remaster !
Biboprof | Italy | 04/23/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Ok, here we have the long awaited remaster of one of the best Camel album, wonderfully played and beautifully sung (thanks to Richard Sinclair from Caravan...) And the good news is that it is excellent ! A must have for every fan and the one to start with if you don't know the band... RAIN DANCES offers the perfect balance between instrumental sections and songs, that defines Camel music.
On the "downside" (but only for perfectionist): 1) the live tracks are not of the same quality as the ones on A Live Record and the set is incomplete (but you can get the entire concert on the dvd MOONDANCES); 2) we have 3 versions of the weekest song of the album, which is imho HIGHWAYS OF THE SUN (regular, single edit and live !)
Nevermind... It's good to have all this stuff with an exccellent sound and you won't be disappointed by the music !"