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MIRAGE

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.38 | 1784 ratings

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Subterranean
4 stars A four+ stars. A foundation for any prog-amateur and a reasonable entry point to discover Camel.

We could summarize Camel has having 4 periods : - the classical line-up including Latimer and Ferguson - the late 70s line-up (after Ferguson leave) - the early 80s trial to reach wider audience (some would say get more commercial) - the modern era of the 90s

This album is typical from the Camel-classical era. Their self named debut album was promising but we can say Camel matured with the second opus. The instrumental work is brilliant, sound is catchy while rather quiet, the jazzy influence is already there (to some extend, we can relate this Camel period with the Canterbury style). You will find contend announcing the Snow Goose. Both albums are very close in style (this is logical given the Snow Goose was released just 1 year later). The album peak with the 13' "Lady Fantasy" suite.

Together with "Snow Goose", this album is part of the must have to discover Camel classical era. (But a close look to "Breathless" (1978) and "Dust and Dreams" (1991) also worth it to get an overview of Camel through the ages). Thanks to Andrew Latimer for 30 years of music !

Subterranean | 4/5 |

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