Camel (album)

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Studio album by Camel
Released 28 February 1973
Recorded 15–26 August 1972 at Morgan Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, art rock
Length 39:17
Label MCA
Producer Dave Williams
Camel chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
SputnikMusic 4/5 stars[2]

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 1972, 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 Andrew Latimer and Peter Bardens, the album was greeted with muted success and MCA did not take an option for a second album. By then, the group had acquired the management team of Geoff Jukes and Max Hole of Gemini Artists (later to become GAMA Records) and had moved to Decca Records, where they would remain for the next 10 years.


Camel gigged 9 months of the year and firmly established a reputation for their live sound in the UK, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands. They shared the stage with other artists such as Stackridge, Barclay James Harvest, Gong, Hawkwind, Pink Fairies, Global Village Trucking Company, and Spyro Gyra.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Slow Yourself Down"   Andrew Latimer, Andy Ward 4:47
2. "Mystic Queen"   Peter Bardens 5:40
3. "Six Ate" (instrumental) Latimer 6:06
4. "Separation"   Latimer 3:57
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Never Let Go"   Latimer 6:26
6. "Curiosity"   Bardens 5:55
7. "Arubaluba" (instrumental) Bardens 6:28
Bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "Never Let Go" (Single version) Latimer 3:36
9. "Homage to the God of Light" (Peter Bardens cover; Recorded Live at The Marquee Club - 29 October 1974) Bardens 19:01


  • Engineered by Roger Quested
  • Sleeve design by Modula

Release details[edit]

  • 1973, US, MCA MUPS 473, Release Date February 1973, LP
  • 1973, UK, Decca ?, Release Date February 1973, LP
  • 2002, UK, London 8829252, Release Date 3 June 2002, CD (remastered edition)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Jehnzen, Daevid (2011). "Camel - Camel (1973) album review at AllMusic". Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  2. ^ van der Lee, Matthijs (2010). "Camel - Camel (1973) album review at SputnikMusic". Retrieved 24 August 2010.