Camel – Mirage (1972)

FrontCover1Mirage is the second studio album by the English progressive rock band Camel, released on March 1, 1974. It features some of their best-known songs,[citation needed] including “The White Rider” and “Lady Fantasy”. It is also a showcase for Andrew Latimer’s flute, notably on “Supertwister”.Mirage is the second studio album by the English progressive rock band Camel, released on March 1, 1974. It features some of their best-known songs, including “The White Rider” and “Lady Fantasy”. It is also a showcase for Andrew Latimer’s flute, notably on “Supertwister”.
There are five tracks on Mirage, two over 9 minutes. Those two are multi-part songs: “Lady Fantasy” and “Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider”, the latter being about The Lord of the Rings. The album was released on Gama Records/Deram Records. Mick Rock shot the inner sleeve photo.
The album was voted no. 51 in the Top 100 Prog albums of All Time by readers of Prog magazine in 2014. (by wikipedia)

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“Mirage” pretty much perfected the style of the debut-album with a richer, more varied sound and overall stronger material. Latimer had now also found his flute, and delivered one of Camel’s best flute-based pieces in “Supertwister”. The track also showed that Bardens used el-piano in a far more intelligent and tasty way than most others who used that instrument. But the centrepiece and highlight of the album was still the 12-minute “Lady Fantasy Suite”. A masterful song with lots of breaks, strong riffs and melodies and a very impressive and powerful performance from the whole band. The album also featured another suite in form of the 9-minute “Nimrodel” with lyrics inspired by Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”. “Earthrise” was possibly the hardest rocking and most energetic instrumental-number they ever did, and featured some of Bardens’ best playing ever. The opener “Freefall” was also some kind of a hard rocker, but this one had also the same jazzy sound as “Earthrise”, giving it some kind of sophistication. “Mirage” is a great album, and undoubtedly one of Camel’s best. (by vintageprog.com)

In other words: A masterpiece of the great prog-rock era ! And “Lady Fantasy” is a classic composition of this time ….

Camel-Promo-CardPersonnel:
Peter Bardens (keyboards)
Doug Ferguson (bass, vocals on 05.)
Andrew Latimer (guitar, flute; vocals on 03. + 05.)
Andy Ward (drums, percussion)

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Tracklist:
01. Freefall (Bardens) 5.55
02. Supertwister (Bardens) 3.24
03. The White Rider (Latimer) 9.18
03.1 Nimrodel
03.2. The Procession
03.3. White Rider
04. Earthrise (Bardens/Latimer) 6.42
05. Lady Fantasy (Bardens/Latimer/Ward/Ferguson) 12.46
05.1. Encounter
05.2. Smiles For You
05.3. Lady Fantasy”

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Camel – Stationary Traveller (1984)

FrontCover1Stationary Traveller is the tenth studio album by English progressive rock band Camel. Like much of Camel’s output, it is a concept album, in this case centering around the trials of East German refugees attempting to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin. (by wikipedia)
Although Stationary Traveller is a concept album, it musically falls into line with its predecessor The Single Factor, which found Camel trying to refashion themselves as the Alan Parsons Project. Where The Single Factor suffered from Camel’s attempts to write pop hooks, Stationary Traveller finds the band breaking down the barriers, opening up their relatively concise songs with long, atmospheric instrumental passages. The album’s lyrics, which were written by Susan Hoover, is about the divided Berlin and its political, emotional and physical divides. Often, the lyrics and music — which work as individual entities — don’t quite work together, since they follow different emotional directions, yet the record remains a worthwhile listen, especially since it features Andy Latimer on pan flute. (by Daevid Jehnzen)

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Personnel:
Paul Burgess (drums
Andy Latimer (guitar, bass, piano, drum synthesiser, flute, vocals)
Ton Scherpenzeel (keyboards, synthesizer, accordion)
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Haydn Bendall (synthesizer on 01., 03. + 08.)
Mel Collins (saxophon on 07.)
David Paton (bass on 03., 04., 07. + 10., background vocals)
Chris Rainbow vocals on 04. + 10)

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01. Pressure Points (Latimer) 2.10
02. Refugee (Hoover/Latimer) 3.47
03. Vopos (Hoover/Latimer) 5.32
04. Cloak And Dagger Man (Hoover/Latimer) 3.55
05. Stationary Traveller (Latimer) 5.34
06. West Berlin (Hoover/Latimer) 5.10
07. Fingertips (Hoover/Latimer) 4.29
08. Missing (Latimer) 4.22
09. After Words (Scherpenzeel) 2.01
10. Long Goodbyes (Hoover/Latimer) 5.14

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