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Studio album by
Released26 March 1976
RecordedJanuary–February 1976
StudioBasing Street Studios, London
GenreProgressive rock
ProducerRhett Davies, Camel
Camel chronology
The Snow Goose
Rain Dances
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Moonmadness is an album released in March 1976 by English progressive rock band Camel. It was their fourth album and the last to feature the band's original line-up (Latimer, Bardens, Ferguson, Ward). After the success of the tightly structured, instrumental The Snow Goose in 1975, the band added vocals to their music again.

The album has an overall theme, just as their previous one did, but does not follow a storyline since it is mostly based on the band members themselves. As written in the CD Booklet: Overall, the tracks comprising the album were conceived as a loose concept based on the individual personalities that made up Camel; "Air Born" about Andrew Latimer, "Lunar Sea" about Andy Ward, "Chord Change" about Peter Bardens and "Another Night" about Doug Ferguson. The cover was designed by Field.

The last song on the album, "Lunar Sea", ends with a minute-long wind-blowing effect. On some LP pressings, the record arm would skip during the end of this part and naturally return to the beginning of the effect, playing it endlessly (the "terminal groove" effect).[citation needed]

In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, the album came number 23 in its list of "40 Cosmic Rock Albums".[2]

It was voted no. 58 in the Top 100 Prog albums of All Time by readers of 'Prog' magazine in 2014.

Camel performed the album in its entirety on a 2018 tour.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Aristillus" (instrumental except for a spoken voice by Andy Ward)Andrew Latimer1:56
2."Song Within a Song"Latimer, Peter Bardens7:16
3."Chord Change" (instrumental)Latimer, Bardens6:45
4."Spirit of the Water"Bardens2:07
Side two
5."Another Night"Latimer, Bardens, Andy Ward, Doug Ferguson6:58
6."Air Born"Latimer, Bardens5:02
7."Lunar Sea" (instrumental)Latimer, Bardens9:11
Bonus tracks on 2002 remaster
8."Another Night" (Single version)3:22
9."Spirit of the Water" (Demo)2:13
10."Song Within a Song" (Recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon 14 April 1976)7:11
11."Lunar Sea" (Recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon 14 April 1976)9:51
12."Preparation/Dunkirk" (Recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon 14 April 1976)9:32


  • Engineered by Rhett Davies
  • Original LP cover design by Field

Release details[edit]

  • 1976, UK, Gama Records/Decca Records TXS-R 115, Release Date March 1976, LP
  • 2002, UK, London 8829292, Release Date 3 June 2002, CD (remastered edition)


Chart Peak
USA Billboard 118
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[4] 16
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 48
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 15
Spanish (Superventas Cadena Ser) 21


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Silver 60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Jehnzen, Daevid (2011). "Camel - Moonmadness (1976) album review at AllMusic". Retrieved 24 June 2011.
  2. ^ Q Classic: Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock, 2005.
  3. ^
  4. ^ " – Camel – Moonmadness" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  5. ^ " – Camel – Moonmadness". Hung Medien.
  6. ^ "Camel | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Camel – Moonmadness". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Moonmadness in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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