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Symphonic Prog

4.40 | 2778 ratings

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4 stars "Put that in your pipe and smoke it..."

"A master-crafted blend of only the finest hand-picked Bardens & Latimer English prog with a robust domestic musical blend creates Camel's distinctive flavor and world-class smoothness."

The Good: Symphonic Prog. A genre which springs to mind the likes of Genesis, Yes and ELP. But there is another, oft overlooked and underrated act that deserves mention alongside such giants. Camel! Despite their self-titled debut receiving generally favourable reviews and modest commercial success, their record label didn't deem it worthy for a successor so they signed with Deram Records. The result was Mirage and was the first in a trio of critically acclaimed releases from the Surrey based band. It's artwork bears a very close resemblance to the logo of the cigarette brand which shares the band's name as the result of a business agreement. Featuring only five tracks, this is the most accessible and arguably most accomplished of the three, and an excellent starting place for people wishing to discover this band. Oh, and there's an absolutely bitchin' guitar solo on Lady Fantasy which wouldn't sound out of place on a Mars Volta record!

The Bad: Whilst I do love a good bit of flute, the instrumental Supertwister is for me the album's weakest track, and is improved upon in almost every aspect by its lengthier brother Earthrise.

The Verdict: Their magnum opus.

Starhammer | 4/5 |


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