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Prog's Advent Calendar - Day Eight. It's Camel's The Snow Goose

Camel

So there's 17 days before the big day, and, given progressive music's longstanding with the festive season, between now and then Prog Magazine is bringing you a proggy Christmas song every day to help you get in the festive spirit.

Today we turn tom legendary prog rockers Camel and the title track of their seminal 1975 album The Snow Goose. OK, admittedly it's not an actual Christmas album, but anyone who's heard the album won't deny the delightful, wintry atmosphere it creates. Beautiful and haunting melodies that conjure up the windswept isolation of the Essex marshland setting of the Paul Gallico novella that the band were inspired by.

You can read all about the making of the album from this archive interview with Camel mainman Andy Latimer from a 2015 Prog magazine cover feature here.

So enjoy. And remember, this isn’t a “best of” list. We're not adhering to any numerical order. These are just 25 great seasonal songs for you to enjoy. It’s as simple as that. Season's greetings…

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.