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Camel- Mirage Import, Original recording remastered

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Re-mastered from the original tapes with previously unreleased bonus tracks. Album includes new liner notes, photos and memorabilia.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Freefall
  2. Supertwister
  3. Nimrodel - The Procession - The White Rider
  4. Earthrise
  5. Lady Fantasy - Encounter - Smile For You - Lady Fantasy
  6. Supertwister (Live)
  7. Mystic Queen (Live)
  8. Arubaluba (Live)
  9. Lady Fantasy - Encounter - Smiles For You - Lady Fantasy


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 10, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • ASIN: B00005V1B1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,084 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jeffrey J.Park VINE VOICE on November 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This 1974 followup to their eponymous debut is pretty darn good and shows the band developing themes introduced on the debut. Simply, they took the shorter pieces on the debut and expanded them by inserting a lengthy ostinato played on the bass guitar atop which (fantastic) guitar and Hammond organ solos were layered. These jam sessions are very exciting and both Andy Latimer and Pete simply rip. The harder edged "hard rock" sounds on the debut seem to have been pared back a tiny bit, although there is plenty of rocking energy on Mirage. The jazzier elements also become a little bit more pronounced on a few pieces.

This album features the "classic" Camel lineup of Andrew Latimer (electric and acoustic guitars, flute, and vocals); Pete Bardens (Hammond organ, electric piano, acoustic piano, mini-moog, mellotron, and vocals; Doug Ferguson (electric bass); and Andy Ward (drums and percussion). These guys are very good musicians and work well as an ensemble. Andy and Doug form an especially tight rhythm section and Andy Latimer is a fantastic guitar player. Although the vocals are not their strong suit, I do not mind them one bit and find that they work very well with the material.

The five tracks on Mirage include a few shorter instrumental pieces in the 3-6 minutes range and two longer tracks in the 9-13 minute range that feature their particular approach to prog, which fused some jazz and classical influences with rock. Of the longer pieces, I think Nimrodel works very well (love the mellotron playing), although I think that there is too much of an emphasis on riffs in Lady Fantasy, even though this is a pretty good track too. My favorite instrumental track is Earthrise, which I consider to be representative of the quintessential Camel sound.
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I am not a music critic, nor would I want to be. What do they know anyway? But, I do have an opinion and for those interested in buying this disc: Camel is a criminally underrated band, considered average by most "critics". IMO they created Prog-Jazz- Rock. I am hard-pressed to find another guitarist with a more beautiful tone created by Andrew Latimer. All of these musicians are flawless on this disc. An absolute gorgeous listen, you will want more. Can't think of anything negative to say. If your reading this go ahead and click "BUY". By the way, I think "Mirage" is just a bit better than the more heralded "SnowGoose." There you have it, my critique. Peace.
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Funny thing about Camel. I started looking into them at a friend's suggestion at the end of last summer. Then one day I was listening to a medley from THE SNOW GOOSE on YouTube and my mum walks up behind me and says, "Who is that?" I tell her it's Camel. "Oh my God, I haven't heard them in ages!" Turns out Camel were one of her favourite bands back in the 70s. She had four of their LPs on vinyl: MIRAGE, THE SNOW GOOSE, BREATHLESS, and RAIN DANCES - the very four I had decided I needed to get myself, coincidentally enough. Since she had never gotten around to upgrading her Camel albums to CD, I had never heard any of it before, but I ended up discovering it on my own anyway.

And I'm glad I did too. MIRAGE was the first disc I sought out, and I know of very few albums that conjure a more distinct, cohesive atmosphere than the dream-like mist that pervades this one. A bracing "Freefall" opens the set, a song whose multiple time and dynamic changes place the album squarely in the prog camp right from the get-go. Next comes the soporific instrumental "Supertwister", a showcase for Andy Latimer's flute playing, which acts as a delicate counterpart to the "dirtier" stylings of, say, Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson. Most of MIRAGE is instrumental really - the lyrics are few and far between, and delivered in a sleepy croon that only contributes to the hazy soundscape suggested by the cover artwork.

Side I of the original vinyl concludes with what may be my favourite single entry (not counting THE SNOW GOOSE) in the Camel canon, the Tolkien-inspired "White Rider" suite.
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Camel's self-entitled 1973 debut sounds like a band not sounding very confident, but their followup, Mirage found the band in a much improved form. Back in 1972, there was a live recording that was later released in 1992 called On the Road 1972. On that disc shows Camel in a rather raw and aggressive form. They even played "Lady Fantasy" and "White Rider" which later ended up on Mirage (the reason I can tell those early versions were from '72 was Peter Bardens still had his VCS-3 synth, while on Mirage the VCS-3 was gone in favor of the Minimoog). Mirage, of all the studio Camel albums I have ever heard is the one that best captures the raw excitement and energy of the On the Road 1972 disc. When you hear "Freefall" and "Lady Fantasy", you're basically treated with some of Camel's most hard rocking material. "Supertwister" is the first Camel song to feature Andy Latimer flutework, and the song was actually in honor of the Dutch progressive rock band Supersister who themselves had released a handful of albums in the early 1970s on Polydor. Mirage has two different covers. There's one that pokes fun of the Camel cigarette pack, and another with Camel as a dragon, done in a '70s sci-fi fashion. I happen to like the latter better, but for humorous purposes, the cigarette pack cover is pretty silly. Mirage does receive lots of hype in the prog community, and the album is often regarded as a Camel fan favorite, and it's really not hard to see why. If you're a prog rock junkie and this is not in your collection, then you need to get yourself a copy.
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