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.
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In August 1972, Camel signed to MCA Records and headed into Morgan Sound Studios to record a debut album released on 28 February 1973.
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.
The 1975 album was the record that paved the way for the prog frontiersman's top ten success with 'L.'
Swathed in shadows and Cold War intrigue, Camel’s ‘Stationary Traveller’ tapped into the paranoia of the mid-80s and is well worthy of reappraisal.
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.
According to the band, the track is taken from an imminent DVD and blu-ray release.
The album was a concept record based on the remarkable story of Hiroo Onoda.
Peter Bardens came to the attention of record buyers when he joined Camel, but before this he'd already built a formidable reputation as a keyboard player.
Seen as a return to Camel's principles, Harbour Of Tears represents an extended rumination on 19th-century Irish famine immigrants heading to America.
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