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Topic: Moonmadness vs Mirage
Posted By: let prog reign
Subject: Moonmadness vs Mirage
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 07:20
These are two albums that are almost equally highly rated on PA. Which do you prefer?

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Posted By: Ruby900
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 07:26
Mirage, but only just....

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Posted By: poslednijat_colobar
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 07:50
I think Mirage is better album!

Posted By: someone_else
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 07:53
Moonmadness appeals a bit more to me.


Posted By: dedokras
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 07:54
Mirage, no doubt, I only very slightly dislike the second half of Lady Fantasy...


Posted By: O666
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 07:58
I choose Mirage because I love "Lady Fantasy"

Posted By: Prog Geo
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 09:27
Moonmadness!It has grown more in me.

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Posted By: Epignosis
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 09:58
Moonmadness for me.  Mirage would equal it but "Lady Fantasy" does not especially enthuse me.

Posted By: JS19
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 10:58
The only Camel albums I own... Mirage for me, just because it's so relentlessly happy, and technical at the same time!


Posted By: friso
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 11:08
Both are great, but I like Camel making this up-tempo rockin' prog. Voted for Mirage.

Posted By: Equality 7-2521
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 11:14
I don't think either is great. I prefer Mirage slightly. 

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Posted By: cannon
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 11:34
Mirage by quite a bit.

Posted By: King Winter
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 12:26

Mirage is a masterpiece, while Moonmadness is just a good album.

Mirage by far!

Posted By: crimhead
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 13:08
Moonmadness for me.

Posted By: Lozlan
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 13:09
Gotta be Moonmadness.

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Posted By: lazland
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 13:42
Equal I think.


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Posted By: Blacksword
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 14:02

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Posted By: genbanks
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 14:20
About tracks, maybe Mirage has the best in Lady Fantasy, but as an album MOONMADNESS is a masterpiece. Mirage has two great tracks but the rest in a really inferior level.

Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 14:42

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Posted By: Takeshi Kovacs
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 15:00
Moonmadness (just).

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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 21:25
I really think that "Mirage" is more important and made it for the band ... but it was "Moonmadness" that got them to America big time ... and as such that album becomes more important and was a bigger seller.
I got "Mirage" as an import, and it was not released in America, as far as I can remember. "Moonmadness" was the first American release and it went big enough to make it ... more accessible and appreciated on this side of the ocean. However, I think that "Mirage" is the nicer of the two albums, but both are really nice ... and it is almost too hard to decide.
As far as I can tell, and Santa Barbara, no one had heard Camel, except Guy, myself and 5 other people maybe, until "Moonmadness" showed up at the station and one gorilla put it on the turntable and spoke about it like he had just found "Camel" ... the great new band! Yeah ... no kidding! By that time I already had their first album as well, and "Never Let Go" was played a lot ... a LOT ... and it still is my Camel "theme" ... until "Snow Goose" ...

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Posted By: iluvmarillion
Date Posted: March 21 2011 at 22:41
Equal in my mind. I'd have Snow Goose higher than both.

Posted By: octopus-4
Date Posted: March 22 2011 at 00:10
Even with differences the first four albums are on the same level.

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Posted By: zbida
Date Posted: March 22 2011 at 02:46
Equal or not - surely too hard to decide which brilliant shines more brightly.

Posted By: ThinLizzy
Date Posted: March 22 2011 at 06:54
I believe that Mirage is their best album.

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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: March 22 2011 at 11:23
Definitely Mirage, especially for "Nimrodel", though Snow Goose is my favourite Camel studio album, and A Live Record is my overall favourite Camel album.  I find Moonmadness quite dull overall -- though it has good music on it.

Posted By: The-time-is-now
Date Posted: March 22 2011 at 12:04
Both brilliant, but Mirage of course !


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Posted By: XTChuck
Date Posted: March 22 2011 at 12:31
I've always considered Moonmadness one of the top 5 albums of the 70's. 

Posted By: himtroy
Date Posted: March 22 2011 at 13:35
Definitely Moon Madness, though both are great.

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Posted By: jean-marie
Date Posted: March 22 2011 at 14:15
i love mirage but moonmadness is camel top , it's strange when one knows latimer din't feel satisfy with it cause he thought the band hadn't time enough for writting and recordingWink

Posted By: esky
Date Posted: March 30 2011 at 17:06
Moonmadness was the swan song of Mr. Doug Ferguson, and I'd like to think it was at least his best album before departing. For that reason - MOONMADNESS!

Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: March 30 2011 at 18:50
Where Moonmadness has a Brazilian wax texture to it - Mirage goes in the other direction and hits you in the head with hairy and fuzzy balls. I prefer the latter.  

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Posted By: TheLionOfPrague
Date Posted: March 30 2011 at 19:00
Moonmadness. "Another Night" is brillant.

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Posted By: martinprog77
Date Posted: March 31 2011 at 02:00

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Posted By: Moogtron III
Date Posted: March 31 2011 at 04:14
Moonmadness is one of the best albums that I heard in my life. I voted for that album.
But... Mirage is very good too. Also a very strong Camel album.

Posted By: antonyus
Date Posted: March 31 2011 at 08:01
mirage just...

Posted By: Cristi
Date Posted: March 31 2011 at 08:05

Posted By: Mista-Gordie
Date Posted: April 04 2011 at 20:27
Moonmadness is one of the best albums of all time, I was very surprised that most of you voted for Mirage..
anyways that's yout opinion and I respect it. Mirage is such a great album too

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