Camel's STATIONARY TRAVELLER concept album features 10 tracks inspired by the division of cold war Berlin.
Personnel: Andy Latimer (vocals, guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, classical guitar, flute, panpipes, drum programming); Chris Rainbow (vocals); Ton Scherpenzeel (accordion, piano, synthesizer); Mel Collins (saxophone); David Paton (fretless bass); Paul Burgess (drums).
Audio Mixers: Greg Ladanyi; Haydn Bendall.
Recording information: Riverside Studios, England.
Although Stationary Traveller is a concept album, it musically falls into line with its predecessor The Single Factor, which found Camel trying to refashion themselves as the Alan Parsons Project. Where The Single Factor suffered from Camel's attempts to write pop hooks, Stationary Traveller finds the band breaking down the barriers, opening up their relatively concise songs with long, atmospheric instrumental passages. The album's lyrics, which were written by Susan Hoover, is about the divided Berlin and its political, emotional and physical divides. Often, the lyrics and music -- which work as individual entities -- don't quite work together, since they follow different emotional directions, yet the record remains a worthwhile listen, especially since it features Andy Latimer on pan flute. ~ Daevid Jehnzen