Camel is the first studio album by English progressive rock band Camel. It was released in 1973. The bonus track Homage To The God Of Light was originally released in Peter Bardens's solo album The Answer in 1970.
By August of '72, Camel were signed to MCA Records. They quickly entered the studio to record their first self-titled album, 'CAMEL'. A collection of individual songs, chiefly from Latimer and Bardens, the album was greeted with muted success and MCA did not take an option for a second album. By now, the group had acquired management, Geoff Jukes and Max Hole of Gemini Artists (later to become GAMA Records), and moved to Decca Records where they would remain for 10 years. The push & pull relationship between Latimer and Bardens brought out the best from their compositional skills. They inspired one another with their individual solo work both in the studio and on stage. Energies were high. 
Camel gigged 9 months of the year and firmly established a reputation for their excellent live sound. UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands. They shared the stage with other artists such as Stackridge, Barclay James Harvest, Gong, Hawkwind, Pink Fairies, Global Village Trucking Company,Spyro Gira.