Mirage

Released: 1 March 1974
Recorded: Island Studios, Decca Studios No. 2 (overdubs), London
Length: 37:06
Label: Gama/Decca
Producer: David Hitchcock

Mirage is Camel’s second album, released in 1974. It features some of their best-known songs,including “White Rider” and “Lady Fantasy”. It is also a showcase for Andrew Latimer’s flute, notably on “Supertwister”.

There are five tracks on Mirage, two over 9 minutes. Those two are multi-part songs: “Lady Fantasy” and “Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider”, the latter being about The Lord of the Rings. The album was released on Gama Records/Deram Records.

Track listing

Side one

  1. “Freefall” (Peter Bardens) – 5:53
  2. “Supertwister” (Bardens) – 3:22
  3. “Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider” (Andrew Latimer) – 9:17

Side two

  1. “Earthrise” (Bardens, Latimer) – 6:40
  2. “Lady Fantasy” (Bardens, Latimer, Andy Ward, Doug Ferguson) – 12:45
    • “Encounter”
    • “Smiles for You”
    • “Lady Fantasy”

Bonus tracks on 2002 remaster

  1. “Supertwister” (Recorded Live at The Marquee Club – 30 October 1974) – 3:14
  2. “Mystic Queen” (Recorded Live at The Marquee Club – 30 October 1974) – 6:09
  3. “Arubaluba” (Recorded Live at The Marquee Club – 30 October 1974) – 7:44
  4. “Lady Fantasy: Encounter/Smiles for You/Lady Fantasy” (Original Basing Street Studios Mix – November 1973) – 12:59

Personnel

Camel

  • Andrew Latimer – guitars, flute, vocals on “Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider” and “Lady Fantasy”
  • Peter Bardens – organ, piano, Minimoog, Mellotron, vocals on “Freefall”, Fender piano, Clavinet
  • Doug Ferguson – bass
  • Andy Ward – drums, percussion

Production

  • Produced by David Hitchcock
  • Engineered by Howard Kilgour and Bill Price

Release details

  • 1974, U.S., Janus Records
  • 1974, UK, Deram Records 820 613-2, Release Date 1 March 1974, LP
  • 2002, UK, London 8829292, Release Date 3 June 2002, CD (remastered edition)

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