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MIRAGE

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.40 | 2526 ratings

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5 stars Oh my lady fantasy, i love you.

Comparing to their debut, Mirage is a HUGE leap in musicianship and songwriting. Their debut wasn't bad, but it was more random jamming with good skills on each instrument but not more really. This is to me Camel at their absolute peak, and the two next albums would continue that peak to some extent, but to me, they have never been better than on Mirage. To me a perfect album is built on flowing music that doesn't stray from the formula that the album sets from the first chords on the opening track. The album should rise at first, then keep that sound throughout the album, with few nice twists here and there. This album is just that.

From the fantastic "Freefall" this album rocks out through great passages like "Supertwister" and then to my all time Camel favourite "Nimrodel". The two ending tracks are also fantastic, with "Lady Fantasy" being the timeless epic and taking this album to the all time prog hall of fame.

In this album Andy Latimer shows for the first times what he is capable of, but to me this album is more a group effort by Camel, when the two next albums would consist more of Latimers consistent soloing(which is by no means a bad thing!). Mirage goes down in my Top10 prog albums of all time easily, thus rating it with 5 stars. Magnificient Album.

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