'Mirage' was released on the 1st of March 1974, and it was Camel's second album. The album includes only 5 songs but 2 of them are over 9 minutes long. These two songs are also the best by far in this album. I'm reffering to the classics 'Lady Fantasy', and 'Nimrodel' which is in 3 parts, and it was inspired by The Lord of the Rings. (The full title is: Nimrodel/The Procession/The White Rider).
The album was released in Deram records, which was a part of Decca. (Very big English record company in those years).
When it was released it didn't make any significant success, didn't climb up in charts, but it was the album that made Camel known in the Prog-Rock scene. With the passing years it took its rightful place as a 'classic' and now it is considered as one of their best works.
In the cover as you can see, it shows the very famous packet of Camel cigarettes, and that's in my opinion one of the reasons that this album is remembered by many non Prog-Rock fans. (This cover was made after a business arrangement between the band and the cigarette company).
In this album it is the first time that Andrew Latimer (guitars, vocals) plays the flute as well. You can hear it in the song 'Supertwister'.
In my opinion, if someone wants to search Camel's music a little, this record must be the starting point.
My Personal Rating: 7.5
In the following video you can watch an extended version (15 mins) of 'Lady Fantasy' live from 1976