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Peter HammillIn Camera

Label:Charisma – CAS 1089
Vinyl, LP, Album
Style:Prog Rock


A1Ferret And Featherbird3:43
A2(No More) The Sub-Mariner5:47
A5Faint-Heart And The Sermon6:42
B1The Comet, The Course, The Tail6:00
B2Gog; Magog (In Bromine Chambers)
Cymbal, Drums [Drum], Cello, PercussionPaul Whitehead
Performer [Liguaphone, Minikit], Percussion, Voice [Choral]Chris Judge Smith*

Companies, etc.


  • DrumsGuy Evans (tracks: A3, B2)
  • Engineer [Trident], Programmed By [Arp], Other [Sound Wizardry]David Hentschel
  • Lacquer Cut ByPecko*
  • Management [Gordianisation]Troeller*
  • Photography By [Inner Photography]O.D.*
  • Photography By [Outer Photography]Mike Van der Vord*
  • Written-By, Arranged By, Recorded By, Producer, Performer, Composed ByPeter Hammill


Comes in a single sleeve with an inner bag with lyrics and credits.

In Camera by Peter Hammill, who wrote, arranged, recorded, performed and produced the music on this album between December 1973 and April 1974 (Track A1 was written in 1969, track A3 in August 1971).
Guitars, bass, piano, harmonium and oddments were recorded at Sofa Sound, Sussex.
Voice, synthesiser, Mellotron + Guy / Reduction: Trident Studios.
Thanks also to:
Hugh for the loans of bass and piano
Mr. Higgs for tuning the latter
David for the loan of his wah-wah pedal
Nick for tape ops.+pan-pots
John for haulage
Alice for coping with the chaos

These recordings are dedicated to my brother Andrew.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A side runout stamped): CAS 1089 A-2U
  • Matrix / Runout (B side runout stamped, PECKO etched): CAS 1089 B-1U PECKO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): †CAS 1089-A†
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): †CAS 1089-B†

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In Camera (LP, Album, Stereo)Charisma9198 770Netherlands1974
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In Camera (LP, Album)Charisma6369 959 AItaly1974
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In Camera (LP, Test Pressing, White Label)CharismaCas1089aUK1974
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In Camera (LP, Album)CharismaRJ-7314Japan1977
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In Camera (LP, Album, Promo)CharismaRJ-7314Japan1977


  • progfan97402's avatar
    Edited 6 years ago
    This is probably Hammill's best solo album. On this album he gets help with synth programming from David Hentschel (future Genesis producer, and Trident studio engineer), drums from Guy Evans, and while Paul Whitehead (Genesis and VdGG album cover artist) gets credit from percussion, he was unaware he even appeared on the album (the fact he moved to the United States at this time has a lot to do with it). Peter Hammill plays many of the keyboards including the ARP synthesizer, piano and even Mellotron. While I can't be sure what ARP is being used (most sources state the ARP 2600, but I doubt it, even the original LP, which I own simply states "ARP synthesizer"), I suspect it's David Hentschel's ARP 2500 (which was used on Elton John's Funeral for a Friend), as many of the sounds I hear sound like it's beyond the ARP 2600's capability. Plus the fact Hammill's previous album, The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage, and following, Nadir's Big Chance, features no ARP whatsoever. "Ferret and Featherbird" is a nice acoustic piece, a piece written in the late '60s, so it probably wouldn't be out of place on The Aerosol Grey Machine. "No More (The Sub-Mariner)" is a great, sinister piece with that pulsing synth. "Tapeworm" really rocks out, and if David Jackson was present, could easily pass for VdGG. "Faint-Heart and the Sermon" is a dramatic piece, but I really dig those Mellotron passages, in fact there's more Mellotron on this album than all the VdGG albums put together (he also used tron on The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage, as well as Chameleon in the Shadow of the Night, and there's only a small amount on Pawn Hearts and Still Life, perhaps World Record). "The Comet, The Course, The Tail" is another great acoustic piece, that leads up to "Gog Magog (In Bromine Chambers)", another sinister, a dramatic piece with harmonium that eventually leads up to lots of distortion and feedback. A lot of people really have a hard time with this part, I guarantee you it's not an easy listen.

    Ran out of VdGG albums? I guarantee you won't be disappointed with In Camera!