Exposé Online banner

Pete Bardens Mirage — Live Germany 1996 (AKA Speed of Light Live)
(Mooncrest CRESTCD058 Z, 1996/2000, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 1997-10-01

Live Germany 1996 (AKA Speed of Light Live) Cover art

Two live albums by a new band prior to any new studio is an unusual policy. Live in Germany is marginally better than the last live disc (which was an ill-fitting convergence of Camel and Caravan) and only two members have carried on since that last incarnation (ex-Camel keyboardist Peter Bardens and guitarist, Steve Adams). Add two additional new musicians, Dave Cohen (drums) and Desha Dunahoe (bass) and you have a line-up very similar to Camel, circa Moonmadness or Mirage. Even though the bulk of the set list is akin to the last album, except for the addition of the organ groove on “Never Let Go”, I get the feeling that this CD is more of a representative of the touring entity itself rather than a group generating any new musical output (at least yet). Adams is still the main point to focus on during the bulk of the set. His adaptation of Camel’s lead guitar work is maturing true to form without being derivative of original phrasing. I should also comment that this disc has a much better live vibe and just generally a better feel. Maybe time on the road with a consistent set of players is exactly what Bardens has needed to rejuvenate interest in live performance again. From the comments I heard about the lone gig in the San Francisco Bay Area, their show went over quite well. Now, if there was some new material to match with the strength of this output, I’d be a much happier reviewer.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 13, 2000 releases, 1996 recordings

Related artist(s): Mirage, Peter Bardens

Latest news

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Meat Beat Manifesto - At the Center – Meat Beat Manifesto is in actuality the brainchild of audio menace Jack Dangers. Previous recordings by the artist ranged from sonic deconstruction and techno experiments that highlighted rave...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues