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MIRAGE

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.38 | 1842 ratings

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OGTL
5 stars WOW!!

What an album. This was my introduction to Camel and immediately I was amazed. It's nearly perfect in every aspect, and is definitely in my top 10 symphonic albums. Very lush, beautiful, soaring sound with perfect melodies, impeccable arrangements and flawless writing.

The vocals on "Freefall" and "Lady Fantasy" are awesome. Rarely do we hear deep, assertive but friendly male vocals in progressive music. Andy Latimer is a superb musician, he plays some of the nicest melodic flute ever composed on "Supertwister". Very fast soloing on "Lady Fantasy" and the brilliant emotional guitar lines of Nimrodel send shivers down my vertebrae. Peter Bardens is also a wonderful keyboard player, sounding a bit like Dave Sinclair of "In the Land of Grey & Pink" era at times. The rest of the band ain't bad either. Their roles just aren't as prominent. Overall a very solid band at every level.

There is only ONE fault I can find in this album, and that would be the intro to Lady Fantasy. the fast treble-y keyboards are mixed too high and conflict with the guitar rather akwardly.

I'll leave the specifics up to you to enjoy, but I can almost garentee you'll fall in love with this band if you like symphonic melody heavy prog in the vein of Yes/Hackett era Genesis.

OGTL | 5/5 |

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