In Camera (Peter Hammill album)

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In Camera
Peter Hammill In Camera.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1974
RecordedDecember 1973 – April 1974
GenreProgressive rock
ProducerPeter Hammill
Peter Hammill chronology
The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage
In Camera
Nadir's Big Chance
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

In Camera is the fourth solo album from the English singer-songwriter Peter Hammill. It was released in July 1974.

Much of the material was recorded in Hammill's home studio on simple four-track equipment. He then took the tapes to Trident Studios, where additional elements such as drumming from Van der Graaf Generator colleague Guy Evans, and layers of ARP 2600 analogue synthesizer were added. The album has a predominantly dark, gothic, claustrophobic feel, with the lyrics laced with apocalyptic, religious and existential imagery. "Gog" is a particularly intense and demonic song, featuring (even by Hammill's standards) strident and aggressive vocals, grandiose harmonium chords, and powerful drumming. This segués into "Magog", which is virtually a musique concrète piece of sinister drones, percussive noises, and including a ring modulated spoken vocal. Songs such as "Ferret and Featherbird" and "Again" are gentler offerings, and Hammill refers to the first as "something approaching a 'sweet' song".[2] The album was dedicated to Hammill's brother, Andrew.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Peter Hammill.

  1. "Ferret and Featherbird" – 3:43
  2. "(No More) the Sub-mariner" – 5:47
  3. "Tapeworm" – 4:20
  4. "Again" – 3:44
  5. "Faint-Heart and the Sermon" – 6:42
  6. "The Comet, the Course, the Tail" – 6:00
  7. "Gog" – 7:40
  8. "Magog (in Bromine Chambers)" – 9:41

2006 CD bonus tracks from BBC One John Peel Sessions:

  1. "The Emperor in His War Room" – 6:39
  2. "Faint-Heart and the Sermon" – 6:05
  3. "(No More) the Sub-mariner" – 6:12



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "In Camera". Retrieved 4 December 2017.

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