Released in 1974, almost a year to the day after their debut album, Mirage saw Camel take their unique prog brilliance to a new level.
In August 1972, Camel signed to MCA Records and headed into Morgan Sound Studios to record a debut album released on 28 February 1973.
The album was a concept record based on the remarkable story of Hiroo Onoda.
Seen as a return to Camel's principles, Harbour Of Tears represents an extended rumination on 19th-century Irish famine immigrants heading to America.
First released between 1974 and 1977, the titles are 'Mirage,' 'The Snow Goose,' 'Moonmadness' and 'Rain Dances.'
The progressive rock staples had a long-established audience by the late 1970s, and proved it again with their new UK chart entry of October 1978.
Inspired by a mysterious form of Arabic musical poetry called ‘Rajaz’, Camel’s album of the same name was a nomadic tour de force.
Recorded live in Sheffield and London, the second ‘Greasy Truckers’ live album features early performances from prog legends Camel and Gong.
After a lengthy hiatus through much of the 80s, Camel released ’Dust And Dreams‘ in 1991, marking a stirring and emotional return to form.
Picking the most bizarre concept albums isn’t easy, since the most beloved concept albums are themselves pretty bizarre, but here are a few masterstrokes.
From songs by The Beatles to Rick Wakeman, Metallica to The Rolling Stones, uDiscover Music uncovers the best songs inspired by books.
Before they became prog superstars, Camel auditioned to become Phillip Goodhand-Tait’s backing band and played on' I Think I'll Write a Song'.
Focusing on childhood dreams, ‘A Nod And A Wink’ was influenced by events close to mainstay Andy Latimer’s heart and remains the band’s final album to date.
Released in the early 80s, Camel’s ‘The Single Factor’ retains the pioneering prog group’s innate melodic aptitude, and wears its years lightly.
These overlooked 70s rock heroes moved audiences, made fantastic albums, then faded, but are still fondly thought of by diehards. Remember them with love.