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MIRAGE

Camel

 

Symphonic Prog

4.38 | 1784 ratings

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pinkzepplintheater
4 stars First of all, this is an incredibly good album, and if we could give half stars on this site, it would have four and a half stars as supposed to just four. Now, what are some reasons that I would give this album such a high rating? For one, the instrumentalists are all at the very top of their game, Andrew Latimer's guitar playing especially stands out to me while it is not too flashy, but acquires the perfect balance between technicality (see the album opener "freefall") and raw emotion (check out the middle section of lady fantasy.) Both Ferguson and Ward (bass and drums) are exceptional at creating a very solid rhythm section. They each get enough time to shine, while not forgetting their main role, to provide the music with rhythm. Also, Pete Bardens is certainly one of my all time favorite keyboardists, and I would rank him up there with the likes of Wakemen, Emerson etc, and he gets lots of awesome solos on this album. Anyways, the reason that I have to exclude that one half star is because Latimer's vocals don't quite cut it for me. I mean, they're not bad, but I feel that they can at times pale in comparison with the rest of the bands top notch musicality. So I would definitely still recommend the album to anyone who hasn't heard it (although everyone on this sight SHOULD have) and songs like "Freefall" "Nimrodel" and one of my all time favorite prog songs "Lady Fantasy" go into making it one the most poignant albums of the early seventies prog music scene. Definitely worth your time!
pinkzepplintheater | 4/5 |

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