of 12th - 18th March 2018 Jameson's Diary No.
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by the Landlord Kim Fletcher. Last
Updated 22nd March 2018
St. Patrick's Day at Jameson's.
Camel – Music Inspired by The Snow Goose.
How this wonderful album ever made it into Record Stores is beyond me. It was Camel's third studio outing and after success with shorter pieces inspired by literary novels, they decided to do a whole album after one book. (Actually correctly titled a Novella.) The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico was eventually decided upon. The stirring tale of one man and his small boat plugging his way backwards and forwards across the British Channel rescuing the desperate retreating British Forces from the bombarded beaches of Dunkirk.
Writing and Recording started in early 1975 at Island Studio's in London and then overdubs laid down afterwards at Decca Studio's before the whole thing was handed over to The London Symphony Orchestra with David Bedford doing the final arrangements.
At this point the package was handed over to Decca Record Executives to give their approval. The Record Company suits were appalled, there were no lyrics!!! The Band were then asked to go back in the studio and put lyrics on, to which they refused. So the record company threatened not to release it at all. Whilst this was going on permission was sought from Paul Gallico to call the album Paul Gallico's Snow Goose. Paul Gallico was a fervent Anti-Smoker and as Camels' last album had been adorned by a packet of Camel cigarettes. He refused. So the album had to change it's title to Music Inspired by The Snow Goose, to appease Mr. Gallico. The Record Company Suits finally gave in and the all instrumental 18 track Long Playing Vinyl Record was released to the Public in July of 1975 and was immediately claimed a Progressive Rock Classic and it is still held in very high esteem to this day. It made it to Number Twenty Two in the British Charts and cracked the American Billboard Charts.
The Music itself is inspiring, summoning up the old man rowing backwards and forwards across the Twenty Two miles of English Channel with the Snow Goose flying overhead and the image of a Union Jack fluttering in the wind behind his boat as he does his bit for the boys stranded on the beaches.
The music is nothing short of superb with the late great Peter Bardens playing his keyboards with the skills of a master. Whilst Andy Latimer plays some triumphant lead guitar and laying down some haunting flute as well. Doug Ferguson and Andy Ward are a more than competent Rhythm Section. David Bedford and the London Symphony Orchestra do not put a finger out of place. The album engulfs you at the beginning and gently releases you at the end, for repeated crossings.
The Success of the album meant that Camel with the London Symphony Orchestra played to a sellout crowd at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The Snow Goose section of this was later released on the Camel album A Live Recording (1978).
Camel went onto further success although they did concede to putting vocals on some of the tracks on future albums. Andy Latimer still leads the band Camel to this day.
Peter Bardens – Keyboards.
Andy Latimer – Guitar and Flute.
Doug Ferguson – Bass Guitar.
Andy ward – Drums and Percussion.
The Eighteen Sections of Snow Goose are.
The Great Marsh.
Rhayader Goes To Town.
The Snow Goose.
Flight Of The Snow Goose.
La Princesse Perdue.
The Great Marsh (Reprise.)
Written by Mott The Dog. (Not a Sailor's Dog.)
Who can be often heard telling salty tales at Jameson's Irish Pub, Soi AR, North Pattaya.