Camel
Mirage


5.0
classic

Review

by Whale and Wasp USER (4 Reviews)
March 12th, 2006 | 32 replies


Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist


Mirage, Camel's second album, was released in 1974 and was the album that first got them some major recognition (their underrated self titled debut did very poorly). It contains a lot of eastern influences and odd time signarures. Two of the songs are instrumentals and two of them are medleys. There was also some criticism to the cover of it, where they used a Camel cigarette logo for fun. Anyhow, here is the review...

1) Freefall (5/5)
This song starts out with some happy guitar and riffs and thumping bass and drums. Then comes in the vocals, sort of quirky and weird and happy, which I think is done on purpose to make the song sort of light-hearted and humorous. The bass part is awesome. You can hear it very clearly and all of the instruments interact very well with each other. The song then meanders into sort of a funky jam and then back to the verse. But right before the verse, there is this one melody....whatever you call it...but it is one of the highlights of the song! Then comes the quirky verse again and the song ends with the riff played in the very beginning with some guitar soling stuff. Overall, a great, laid-back tune.

2) Supertwister (5/5)
This song is definitely a unique one. It is completely instrumental. It starts out slowly ith a flute playing over a background of guitar/bass/drums. Then it leads into an upbeat section and what sounds like an odd time signature and it sounds very interesting! The overall tone of the insturments is amazing. The flute comes back in and plays an middle-eastern sounding kind of thing. Then it sounds like the time signature again cahnges (with the flute still playing). Then comes a sort of spinning-around-in-circles keyboard part, gradually slowing down and leading into the next part of the song, which is very mellow and relaxed. The medlodies and trills here by the flute are very nice. Then the pace gets a bit faster again with some interesting dissonance here and there and finally the ending! With.....what sounds like a bottle being opened and something being poured out of it...

3) Nimrodel/The Procession/White Rider (4.5/5)
Starts out with a calm, eerie part which fades out. Then, what i assume to be the "procession" fades in, whcih is a marching band playing a melody with a large crowd in the back ground, eventually leading into a slow, melancholy? sounding musical part (I assume this is the beginnning of "White Rider"), with the verse coming in not long after. I dont really know any other way to describe it...excaept saying "melancholy"...but its not utterly sad and depressing or anything like that....just very minor and slow like something Pink Floyd might do. This part is very infecting and has gotten stuck in my head so much. Then the pace gets faster into sort of a groovy part with some sweet keyboard and guitar soloing. Then it slows down a bit into an acoustic part with another verse (different than the previous one) singing about wizards. The music then continues after the verse for a bit, until it reaches a neat atmospheric part with a low bass line with spacey-sounding guitar parts flying here and there. Then they sort of all join to play a slow melody over the bass line. However this is all i have heard because i got a version of the song that is only 8:21 long and it is supposed to be 9-something minutes, which is why i gave it a 4.5 cause i dont know how the rest goes.

4) Earthrise (5/5)
Another instrumental and my absolute favorite off this album. It starts off with a slow atmospheric pink floyd ish part and then the drums come in and the pace sort of inceases and goes into a jazzy sounding part with keyboards and then a nice part*** which sounds like it would do well in a sci-fi movie. Then it goes into a short variation of the jazzy part again (it sounds so good!!!). Then a sort of deceivingly slow descending part and it goes into the fast, upbeat, kickass intergalactic jam which most of the rest of the song is. There is some awesome keyboard soloing and then the guitar takes its turn soloing and then back to some even cooler keyboard parts, with some neat sounding counter-tempo parts and soaring melodies, and hell, theres even a little eastern sounding lick thrown in there. Then it goes harmonized into neat descending melodies and back into the intergalactic jam mode. The melody here by the keyboard is amazing. Then it goes back into the theme where i have mentioned before and put the *** by and then the sweet slow jazzy part and finally resolves and magnificently ends.

5) Lady Fantasy (4/5)
This is probably the song that this album is most famous for. I gave it a 4 because the subject matter was kind of cheesy but i'm just weird that way....but the music in this song is stunning! It starts off with a high spacey sounding part and then the rest of the band comes in. If you listen closely, you can hear the weird rhythms going against each other which sounds very cool. Then goes into a steady musical part with some great melodies (how the hell Camel makes such awesome melodies is beyond me). Then the verse with some very good singing but some awfully mushy lyrics...nevertheless, it is very good. It sounds almost like something by the Doors. This leads into a nice keyboard solo. Then a little bit of singing and it goes into a sort of heavy sounding part with an AWESOME soaring guitar part over it. Then it gets slow and mellow again and leads into a neat melody played by the keyboard, which sounds like something latin-ish...then back to a mellow part and then another part that sounds pink floyd-ish which is even more mellow...and then the singing. The tmosphere in this part is cloudy and awesome. Although the theme of the song is kind of cheesy, the singing here is awesome. It fits in so well and the rhyming sounds so great...Next is a heavy and sort of dissonant part which is like the polar opposite of the previous part. This is part is something where you can definitely hear how Camel has influenced Mike Akerfeldt of Opeth.It goes along for a while it some soloing and then settles down into a mellow part and finally ends.


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This is a great album. I have been listening to it over and over for the past 2 months and just cant get enough of it. it has some outstanding musicianship. The intsruments and the singing parts work together very well with each other. There are some great melodies and soloing and when you listen to the songs they just grab you and throw you into this amazin musical realm. The long songs make you think "wtf?! i cant belive 8+ minutes just passed!"

The mood swings a lot yet somehow it makes sense and the songs stick togetehr and flow like water. I found the songs extremely catchy (yes, catchy prog music) and they never get old.

Overall you cant go wrong with this album. Highly recommended if you are a fan of prog, jazz, Opeth....actually i recommendend it to anyone. Don't let the fact that its prog repel you. There is something about Camel that makes the songs very easy to get into and love. So check this album out!


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Comments:Add a Comment 
morrissey
Moderator
March 12th 2006


1688 Comments


Good review, approved. You might want to add an introduction before jumping into it, but it certainly isn't necessary.
Thanks for contributing to the site!

jimay333
March 12th 2006


433 Comments


Where is the cover art or year of the album?

morrissey
Moderator
March 12th 2006


1688 Comments


Unforunately (or fortunately for those submitting the albums), you aren't required to submit cover art, tracklists or release dates anymore.

Serapheus
March 12th 2006


251 Comments


I found this band through Opeth and I love Mirage and The Snow Goose.

Whale and Wasp
March 12th 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks! yea...it has lots of issues cause its my first review....but strange, i remember uploading the picture and typing in the year (1974)....is it possible to edit a review?

mx
Moderator
March 12th 2006


733 Comments


It is required for a review, just not for adding an album alone. Please add the image

Whale and Wasp
March 12th 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

how do you add the image?

pulseczar
March 12th 2006


2385 Comments


It should definitely be required all the times, IMO. Band pages look half-a[font=verdana]ss[/font]ed when a bunch of albums with no, tracklist, images, year etc. aren't there.

Good review for a first, it could be better if it were less all over the place, had a beginning paragraph, and came off with a less fanboy attitude.

Whale and Wasp
March 12th 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks for the crit but HOW DO YOU EDIT A REVIEW!!!?!!!

morrissey
Moderator
March 12th 2006


1688 Comments


You edit your review here:
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/editreviews.php

[quote=mx]It is required for a review, just not for adding an album alone. Please add the image[/quote]
Ah that is good news.



Whale and Wasp
March 12th 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks, i found out how to add the pic :D

Whale and Wasp
March 12th 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

oh....well thanks i'll keep that in mind...i think i like the songs way too much so i just go and describe anything but i will try to restrain myself from now on.

Priestmetal
March 12th 2006


542 Comments


Lady Fantasy is an amazing song... i love it.

Whale and Wasp
March 14th 2006


23 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

added the introduction. but for some reason it wont let me edit the year :/

Hebrew Hammer
May 10th 2006


37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Brilliant album. Pretty much the entire compilation rocks. Good review as well.

Foodforthegods
March 14th 2007


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Those guys are pure genius.

Dragon_Prince
June 19th 2007


272 Comments


This album is a classic

yas666eer
April 16th 2008


270 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good review.... prog.. psychedelic whatever you call it... i call it brilliant

MonorailCat
August 10th 2008


118 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review. I am a fan of prog so I'm down to check out this one.

Sabottheory
December 8th 2008


355 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This really is good album, but not enough progressive or at least impressive to deceive 4 and higher..maybe I'll change my mind later ^^



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