Andrew Latimer (born 17 May 1949, Guildford, Surrey, England) is an English musician and composer. He is a founding member of the progressive rock band Camel and the only member who has been with the band since their formation in 1971. Best known as a guitarist and singer, Latimer is a flautist and keyboardist as well.
|Birth name||Andrew Latimer|
|Born||17 May 1949|
|Origin||Guildford, Surrey, England|
|Occupation(s)||Guitarist, singer, songwriter, lyricist, flautist, keyboardist, producer, mixer|
|Instruments||Gibson Les Paul guitar, vocals, transverse flute, piccolo, pan flute, keyboard, tambourine, bass, piano, drum machine|
Along with partner Susan Hoover, Latimer relocated to America where they established a music production company named Camel Productions to release Camel's new studio albums: Dust and Dreams (1991), Harbour of Tears (1996), Rajaz (1999) and A Nod and a Wink (2002) as well as a host of "Official Bootlegs" on CD. The band went on the road in 1992, 1997, 2000, 2001, and 2003. They released their first full concert DVD in 1997 titled Coming of Age which began a series of subsequent DVD releases. In mid-2006, Latimer and Hoover returned to the UK and established Camel Productions UK Ltd.
In May 2007, Hoover announced through the Camel Productions website and newsletter that Latimer had suffered from a progressive blood disorder polycythaemia vera since 1992, which had unexpectedly progressed to myelofibrosis. In November 2007, he underwent a successful bone marrow transplant and began a long road to full recovery.
In October 2013, Latimer took Camel back to centre stage. To celebrate the occasion, Camel played The Snow Goose in its entirety for the first set and dedicated it to the co-founding band members Andy Ward, Peter Bardens (deceased) and Doug Ferguson. Additionally, Camel had re-recorded the album earlier in the year. The re-recording remains remarkably faithful to the original, but includes some minor rearrangements and some extended sections. A live DVD, titled In From The Cold, was recorded at the Barbican Centre London. The Snow Goose tour had been a complete sellout and the band was asked to continue in early 2014. However, the second half of the tour featured Ton Scherpenzeel (Kayak) as keyboardist Guy Leblanc had become seriously ill, subsequently passing away on 27 April 2015.
Despite being troubled by arthritis is his hands and knees, Latimer took Camel back on the road in 2015. In 2016 they toured Japan with new keyboardist Pete Jones and in 2018 Camel toured extensively featuring their most popular recording Moonmadness. The 2018 tour culminated with the band's return to The Royal Albert Hall where a sellout crowd embraced the occasion. The performance was video recorded for anticipated release on DVD and Blu-Ray.
Latimer's most common guitar of choice is a Gibson Les Paul, but he is also known for playing Fender Stratocasters and other guitars. From the 1990s onward, he also played a Burny Super Grade, an 80s copy of the Gibson Les Paul Model. The amplifiers he uses range from Fender, Vox, and Marshall.
Progressive rock guitarists such as Steve Rothery (Marillion), Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth), Bryan Josh (Mostly Autumn) and Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) cite Latimer as one of their primary influences. Musician and producer Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree is a known fan of Camel and has stated, "Andy Latimer means very much for me."
Latimer received a Lifetime Achievement award at the 2014 Progressive Music Awards.
Studio albums with Camel
- 1973 Camel
- 1974 Mirage (US Billboard No. 149; 13 weeks on chart)
- 1975 The Snow Goose (UK No. 22; 13 weeks on chart); Certified Silver (US Billboard No. 162; 5 weeks on chart)
- 1976 Moonmadness (UK No. 15; 6 weeks on chart); Certified Silver (US Billboard No. 118)
- 1977 Rain Dances (UK No. 20; 8 weeks on chart; US Billboard No. 136; 5 weeks on chart)
- 1978 Breathless (UK No. 26; 1 week on chart; US Billboard No. 134; 10 weeks on chart)
- 1979 I Can See Your House from Here (UK No. 45; 3 weeks on chart; US Billboard No. 208)
- 1981 Nude (UK No. 34; 7 weeks on chart)
- 1982 The Single Factor (UK No. 57; 5 weeks on chart)
- 1984 Stationary Traveller (UK No. 57; 4 weeks on chart)
- 1991 Dust and Dreams
- 1996 Harbour of Tears
- 1999 Rajaz
- 2002 A Nod and a Wink
- 2013 The Snow Goose extended re-recording of 1975
- 1971 PHIL GOODHAND-TAIT I Think I'll Write A Song
- 1976 MICHAEL CHAPMAN Savage Amusement
- 1977 MICHAEL CHAPMAN The Man Who Hated Mornings
- 1981 FRANCIS MONKMAN Dweller on the Threshold
- 1983 ANNABEL ETKIND A New Romance
- 1983 JULIA DOWNES Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
- 1985 HAZEL O’CONNOR / CHRIS THOMPSON Push & Shove
- 1987 DENIS QUINN Open Secret
- 1994 PETER BARDENS Big Sky
- 1999 COLIN BASS An Outcast Of The Islands
- 2000 KAYAK Close To The Fire
- 2010 DAVID MINASSIAN Random Acts of Beauty
- 2011 DAVE SINCLAIR Stream
- 2014 NATHAN MAHL - Justify
- 2014 ANDREW CRESSWELL DAVIES Emergency Love
- 2015 DAVID SHERRINGTON The Hero's Journey
- 2015 COLIN BASS At Wild End
- 2017 JAN SCHELHAAS Living On A Little Blue Dot
- 2017 TANGENT Back To The Fender
- 2018 KAYAK Seventeen
- 2018 DAVE SINCLAIR Out Of Sinc
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Camel Productions official website
- Thore, Kim (27 August 2009). "Steve Rothery". All Access Magazine. Vol. 7 no. 12. Archived from the original on 25 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014.
- "Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth Discusses Camel's 'Moon Madness' — The Record That Changed My Life". Guitar World. 28 July 2014. Archived from the original on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- Smith, Faye (13 November 2014). "Interview: Mostly Autumn". Purplerevolver.com. Archived from the original on 1 January 2015. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- Blum, Jordan (9 August 2010). "Interview with Bruce Soord of The Pineapple Thief". Adequacy.net. Archived from the original on 24 October 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- Thodoris (June 2013). "Interview:Steven Wilson (solo,Porcupine Tree)". Hit-channel.com (published 12 June 2013). Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
- WAKEMAN, URIAH HEEP, CAMEL AMONG PROG AWARDS VICTORS, udiscovermusic.com