Probably one of the best Progressive Rock albums of the 21st Century, 'A Nod and a Wink' should make Peter Bardens (RIP), Camel's loyal fan-base and the band themselves proud. This album is a wonder that isn't perfect, but is surely satisfying…
"A Nod and A Wink" is the fourteenth studio album by the English progressive rock band Camel released in July 2002 on the label Camel Productions. It is their latest studio album. The album was dedicated to Peter Bardens, who died in January 2002. Mellow and reflective in mood, it is the only Camel album to feature vocals on every track.
…There are few records that feel like a never-ending party like A Nod – the slow moments are for slow dancing, and as soon as it's over, it's hard not to want to do it all over again. It's another classic – and when you consider that the band also had Long Player to their credit and had their hands all over Every Picture in 1971, it's hard to imagine another band or singer having a year more extraordinary as this.
'Nod to the Old School' is a very nice odds and sods disc for their fans, as it compiles new studio tracks, live songs from their 2000 tour, all tracks from the original 1983 EP, soundtrack inclusions, old demo recordings with original guitarist Dave Prichard, who passed away from leukemia and a few other rarities. Among the new studio tracks is a remake of "March of the Saint" as well as three new songs recorded in 2001, an acoustic version of Symbol of Salvation's "Tainted Past", and 'Never Satisfied,' a song apparently recorded during the 'Revelation' sessions. All these songs are superb.