Within a refined setting of easy listening pop ballads and lightly funky up-tempo selections produced by Al McKay, Henderson proves himself an assured vocalist with mastery of clarity and phrasing. The problem here is the material isn't challenging enough – it's often formulaic and derivative of other early-'80s releases. Even a contribution from Stevie Wonder, "Crush on You," wanders into oblivion. But the singer's debonair tone and elegant, polished diction makes the weaker sound stronger. A perfect example is the mid-tempo "I'd Rather Be Gone," which suffers from a sleepy melody and clichéd rhythm arrangement.
With their second album, Mirage, Camel begin to develop their own distinctive sound, highlighted by the group's liquid, intricate rhythms and the wonderful, unpredictable instrumental exchanges by keyboardist Pete Bardens and guitarist Andy Latimer. Camel also distinguish themselves from their prog rock peers with the multi-part suite "Lady Fantasy," which suggests the more complex directions they would take a few albums down the line. Also, Latimer's graceful flute playing distinguishes several songs on the record, including "Supertwister," and it's clear that he has a more supple technique than such contemporaries as Ian Anderson. Camel are still ironing out some quirks in their sound on Mirage, but it's evident that they are coming into their own.
‘Ichigo Ichie’: “Treasure every encounter for it will never recur.” Two hours of live Camel from the tour no one thought would ever happen! ‘Ichigo Ichie’ was recorded in Tokyo at the Ex-Theatre in Roppongi during May 2016, the line-up of this event was: Andrew Latimer (guitars / vocals / flute / recorder), Colin Bass (bass / vocals), Denis Clement (drums / recorder) and new member Peter Jones from Tiger Moth Tales (keyboards / vocals / penny whistle). Released on 25th January 2017.