Peter Hammill – In Camera (1974)

Artist Credit
Kathy Bryan Transfers
Guy Evans Drums
Peter Hammill Arranger, Composer, Digital Remastering, Engineer, Liner Notes, Primary Artist, Producer, Reissue Producer
David Hentschel Audio Engineer, Engineer, Programming
Frank Sansom Original Sleeve Design
Phil Smee Package Design
Chris Judge Smith Choir/Chorus, Percussion
VanDer Vord, Mike Original Photography
Paul Whitehead Cello, Cymbals, Drums, Percussion
Tony Wilson Producer

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”. The album was dedicated to Hammill’s brother, Andrew.

“Again” was re-worked for Hammill’s 1984 album The Love Songs.

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