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MIRAGE LIVE 14.12.94

Peter Bardens' Mirage

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.79 | 7 ratings

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2 stars A horse designed by a committee?

The line up and track listing say it all. Here we have many of the (some time) members of Camel and Caravan together, performing the classics of both bands. Camel are represented by Peter Bardens and Andy Ward, while Caravan field the Hastings brothers plus Dave Sinclair. Steve Adams, who had previously worked with Bardens, and Rick Biddulph who'd worked with Sinclair round out the line up.

This double CD captures one of the first live performances by the band. The songs are effectively split three ways between Caravan, Camel, and Barden's solo work. They fit well together, although the absence of Andy Latimer's distinctive guitar work is noticeable on the Camel songs.

Whether Mirage actually add anything to the songs is questionable. The performance is as you would expect exemplary, but I can't help feeling that I'd just as soon listen to Camel play Camel, and Caravan play Caravan.

Worth hearing as an interesting historical document, but ultimately superfluous.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |

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