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    Posted: September 19 2016 at 09:35
listened on Saturday ,a grand sweeping also very melodic venture ,overall I rate it a 8 out of ten although It delivered the kind of prog, that I enjoy (moody blues,james Barclay harvest and Jethro tull )there seems  to  be a  jazz undercurrent,  which unfortunately is not to my taste, because I never really got into the Canterbury scene ,for just that reason (caravan,soft machine ,egg )these  are good bands but again different stokes, for different folks anyone else feels this way ?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Blacksword Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 19 2016 at 10:20
I like Mirage. 8/10 would probably be my rating too. Moonmadness has a slight edge on Mirage IMO, mainly thanks to Lunar Sea which is sublime. Latimers guitar playing is fantastic on hat track.

Back to Mirage... I like all tracks fairly equally, and I think Freefall is a great opener. I've never been a fan of Latimers voice though.

I lost interest after Moonmadness.

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The first side is heavily flawed but enjoyable, the second side is one of the best vinyl sides on any prog album. Probably about an 8 out of ten overall
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Originally posted by grantman grantman wrote:

overall I rate it a 8 out of ten although I delivered the kind of prog that I enjoy (moody blues,james Barclay harvest and Jethro tull )there seems  to a jazz undercurrent,  which unfortunely  is not my taste
It's not my intention to be rude but if Mirage is too jazzy(!) for you I think you should try a little bit harder opening up to eh... jazz sounds. I promise it will do only good.
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Yeah...I was rather perplexed by that notion as well. Mirage too jazzy? I'm not even sure I can think of any moment on there with just a whiff of jazz.
Anyway it used to be my fave Camel album, but I hardly ever spin it anymore. The debut however...yum.
I too have a problem with Latimer's vocals and think they would've improved immensely by cutting them out of the equation altogether or indeed hired another vocalist. This suggests that I really dig the Snow Goose which I don't hoho.
I do love the keyboard and guitar solos of The White Rider - wowsa!

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I rate it 11 out of 10.

My first real symphonic rock album. I alreay listened to several prog-related melodic rock bands like Queen and Saga.

But Camel blew my mind (and Tull and BJH).

I like the pastoral feel to the album Mirage. It's really enjoyable while riding a bicycle through nature.
I rate all 4 first albums by Camel really high. The period 1968-1975 really delivered some high-standard albums.

I like rockmusic better, without heavy riffing and thunderous drums. That's why bands like Camel, Tull and BJH are always more favorite to me than Zeppelin, Purple or Sabbath,
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