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”.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)
“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 ….
Peter Bardens (keyboards)
Doug Ferguson (bass, vocals on 05.)
Andrew Latimer (guitar, flute; vocals on 03. + 05.)
Andy Ward (drums, percussion)
01. Freefall (Bardens) 5.55
02. Supertwister (Bardens) 3.24
03. The White Rider (Latimer) 9.18
03.2. The Procession
03.3. White Rider
04. Earthrise (Bardens/Latimer) 6.42
05. Lady Fantasy (Bardens/Latimer/Ward/Ferguson) 12.46
05.2. Smiles For You
05.3. Lady Fantasy”