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In Camera: Remastered & Expanded [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Peter Hammill Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000H309PG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,996 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ferret And Featherbird (2006 Digital Remaster)
2. (No More) The Sub Mariner (2006 Digital Remaster)
3. Tapeworm (2006 Digital Remaster)
4. Again (2006 Digital Remaster)
5. Faint Heart And The Sermon (2006 Digital Remaster)
6. The Comet, The Course, The Tail (2006 Digital Remaster)
7. Gog (2006 Digital Remaster)
8. Magog (In Bromine Chambers) (2006 Digital Remaster)
9. The Emperor In His War Room
10. Faint Heart And The Sermom
11. (No More) The Sub Mariner

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Peter HAMMILL In Camera CD

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect Hammill! 28 Sep 2006
By Dr. D. B. Sillars VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This album is almost perfect! Containing some of Hammill's best songs, beautifully arranged. Here he experimented with the ARP synth, especially on the majestic "(No More) The Sub Mariner". He would further go down this road on the excellent "The Future Now" album. The song itself is quite superb, lyrically dealing with looking back on childhood and considering self identity and faith. "Faint-Heart and The Sermon" is a mighty cathedral of sound, with the mellotron adding to the Byzantine grandeur. "Tapeworm" is the nearest to VdGG here. "Again" is a typically heartfelt song, full of Hammill emotion. He does this very well! "Gog", which was played by VdGG is mercilesss in its intensity. Pummelling drums by Guy Evans and a huge, brooding harmonium played by Hammill himself.

I said an almost perfect album! Where the album is let down for me is the 10 minute "Magog(In Bromine Chambers)". This was Hammill at his most extreme and experimental. Using musique concrete ideas to produce a deeply unsettling and darkly ambient soundtrack, this is difficult listening. Only in those days could this sort of stuff be done! But I can easily forgive him this slight indiscretion, considering the quality of what has gone before.

Throughout, the lushness and complexity of the arrangements and production is gorgeous, enhanced to the max on this welcome remaster. This is probably one of the best sounding Hammill albums. Remarkable for the day, as the majority of it was recorded at his fledgling home studio Sofa Sound. The three bonus tracks are culled from a 1974 BBC session so the sound quality is very good. These are simply Hammill, voice and piano on two "In Camera" cuts and a VdGG track from "H to He Am The Only One". Quite magical they are too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and deeply textured 12 Sep 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is my fourth copy of In Camera - I've owned the original release on vinyl, a re-release on vinyl, the original CD and now this. Buying the same record four times obviously indicates that I'm extremely taken by the music. "Ferret and Featherbird" and "Again" are delicate love songs, quite unlike any other song on the album - could there be a more perfect line than "time and distance make a love secure"? "Faint-Heart and the Sermon" was occasionally played by Van der Graaf Generator; its arrangement suggests that would have been a VdGG song had the band been in existence in 1974.

The most controversial song(s) here is/are the pairing of "Gog" and "Magog". On the original vinyl and CD they were presented as a single track. Here, they are tracked separately, which is a little odd if you like to listen to music on shuffle. "Gog" is the claustrophobic rant of an anti-god (a live version of Gog appeared on the reissue of Still Life and the song still appears in VdGG's live set), while Magog is a ten-minute long piece of musique concrete. The remastering's improvement in sound shows most in Magog - I hear sounds there I've never heard before, indeed, still can't hear when I listen to the earlier CD version.

Twenty minutes of Peter Hammill solo at the piano can be hard work at times, but not here. In fact this is, in my opinion, the best of the three versions available of "Emperor".

Aside from Mr Hammill's sleeve-notes, the booklet has been prepared with an eye to reproducing the spirit of the original release within the confines of the 12cm square of a CD booklet. One minor quibble: the back of the case refers to songs called "Go" and "Faint Heart and the Sermom". Obviously the proof-reader's day off...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Radical and adventurous 12 Nov 2007
Format:Audio CD
This was the first album by PH, and by almost anyone, to have been recorded at home on a four-track, then mixed up in a studio where the vocals were added. The sound is extraordinary and the songs vital. Without using a click-track or any other technique to keep things in line, the music has an unprecedented freedom, speeding and slowing naturally as the moment demands, and delivering the most spine-tingling of emotional twists. The sound is harsh rather than tender, so even the softer songs have an edge. And the range of material is so wide that we are reminded of what the pioneers of rock could encompass back in the early days before the country had been mapped and fences erected. It ranges in fact from the touching simplicity of Again to the swirling passionate madness of Gog, which slips into free-playing of the most energetic and focussed kind in Magog. More than a great album, it is a benchmark to be played regularly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hammering at the Walls 11 July 2010
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I first heard this album in 1980, when I was fourteen years old (at exactly the same time as his album of that year 'A Black Box'). Everyone has to have 'epiphany' albums and this one was one of mine. Together, these two records utterly changed my appreciation of what music is capable of being, and of what expression through sound and words can mean. Initially, the opening track made little impact - just a pleasant sounding love song - good but nothing remarkable. I almost dismissed it as just another self-indulgent dated hippie album. But with the next track - No More the Submariner - I realised I was in quite different territory. This album cannot be used as background music, nor can it be danced to.

Though it lacks conventional coherance, it is a brainstorm of an album, with moments that are so intense that I am surprised Hammill's four-track didn't explode just trying to keep up with him. This is the sound of a man hammering at the technological walls that try to confine him. 'Submariner' is an ecstatic pean to free will, 'Faint-heart and the sermon' a psychedelic hymn to the disorientation of faith, 'The comet, the course, the tail' an ode to the futilty of war, and 'Gog' - well this is a record that presents the concept of evil as a deafening carnival of dramatic swirling gothic organ and howling vocals, trailing away into the utterly clamourous doom of Magog, the final track of atmospherics. I am not surprised there were no hits off this album. Some inevitably dismiss this on ground of 'good taste' as OTT prog theatrics, but I personally cannot imagine a world without this man and his extraodinary visionary commitment.

The extra tracks are also faultless examples of Hammill's solo piano style, and are excellent versions in their own right. Rarely do extra tracks add anything truly extra to reissues - but in this case they really do.
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