lawsuit with Jukes reached fever pitch by 1985. Latimer divided
his time between lawyer's offices and record companies as he sought
an outlet for Camel's new material titled ''DUST AND DREAMS''.
Each pursuit was filled with roadblocks but the lawsuit would finally
take a sudden turn for the better. As Latimer scrutinized old contracts
it came to light that CAMEL were owed royalties that had never been
paid by Camel's management/production company, GAMA Records. Highly
charged by this discovery, Latimer gathered support from Bardens,
Ward and Ferguson to file a suit against GAMA. This lawsuit, by
comparison, would be brief and glorious. On 25th March 1985, long
overdue, they finally reaped the benefits of their past work together.
Reunited in the same attorney's office that had accepted Ward's
resignation from CAMEL just two years earlier, happier times now
prevailed. The former bandmates settled their lawsuit with GAMA
and received their first of many royalty payment to come. Formalities
completed, they celebrated at a local pub until closing time. Old
wounds healed, memories flourished and, though they no longer had
interest in playing together, all parted as friends.
Jukes would finally accept the futility of his lawsuit and offer
settlement. After lawyer's fees, court costs and general expenses
were paid, CAMEL received "...just enough money to buy dinner
for one (in a Bistro)". But it was a moral victory of momentous
proportions and the end of a long haul for CAMEL.
the PolyGram takeover, the changes at Decca had reached the extreme
and Latimer could see that CAMEL needed to get out of their contract.
After a 10 year association, Decca and CAMEL would mutually and
amicably agree to go their separate ways on 10th April 1985. CAMEL
was free to search for a more like-minded record company, yet this
newly found freedom also brought a shock to Latimer when he would
later remark he "couldn't get arrested with new CAMEL material".
That material would evolve to become ''DUST AND DREAMS''.
not a lawyer's office, Latimer had hawked CAMEL for a deal. In late
1987, he began negotiating with EG Records, on a seemingly successful
course. A small label, EG hosted such names as Brian Eno, Robert
Fripp, Brian Ferry to name a few, and a CAMEL/EG marriage seemed
a promising step. But negotiations dragged on for 6 months only
to come to an abrupt end when Latimer was asked why Peter Frampton
wasn't in the band any longer...
Latimer made a drastic change. In mid-1988, he sold his London home
and moved to America. He would take a 1-year sabbatical and during
this time, he realised the "slap in the face" EG Records
had given him was the sign of the future for CAMEL. He decided the
second half of 'DUST AND DREAMS' "wasn't quite right",
and rewrote it in 1990. He used the proceeds from the sale of his
London home to finance construction of a small studio where he recorded
and produced 'DUST AND DREAMS'. He then set out, once again,
to find a deal but this time around, 'DUST AND DREAMS' was
a finished product and things would be different. Or so he thought...