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The Miraculous Hump Returns from the Moon (Remastered 2006)

by Sopwith Camel

All other music ceases for a month, during which we are all refreshed and enlightened. San Francisco psychedelic rock with a jazz feel and great lyrics, re-issued again by the drummer - Norm Mayell
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fazon
5:16 album only
2. Coke, Suede and Waterbeds
3:34 album only
3. Dancin' Wizard
3:02 album only
4. Sleazy Street
5:28 album only
5. Orange Peel
5:36 album only
6. Oriental Fantasy
4:55 album only
7. Sneaky Smith
4:35 album only
8. Monkeys on the Moon
3:12 album only
9. Astronaut Food
3:11 album only
10. Brief Synthophonia
0:54 album only


Album Notes
The Miraculous Hump Returns from the Moon, Remastered 2006

I first reissued this work in 2001 and it successfully sold out. The only master that Warner Bros. had in its vault turned out to be a safety copy recorded during the vinyl mastering 30 years before. In this age of digital processing, it became the long awaited CD converted from tape. It was called, "The Millennium Edition." In 2006 producer Erik Jacobsen, discovered a box of reels from San Francisco's Wally Heider Studios in his basement... Ah, the Master! We could not resist and so here it is again. Some would say this version is more faithful to the original vinyl recording of 1973.

Formed in 1966, the Sopwith Camel was the second San Francisco band to be signed by a major record company - Buddha/Kama Sutra - right after Jefferson Airplane and before the Grateful Dead. The Camel was the first San Francisco pyschedelic group in the '60s to have a "wildly commercial" hit on a national level called "Hello-Hello." It made the Billboard Top 10 in 1967. The group was originally produced by Erik Jacobsen. One of the earliest bands in San Francisco they first appeared in public on February 12, 1966. The Sopwith Camel played the Fillmore, the Avalon, the Matrix, Long Shoremans Hall, and are billed on a dozen or more of the collectible psychedelic posters of 1966 thru 1967. The Camel toured the country, appearing with the Rolling Stones, the Rascals, the Doors, the Turtles, the Who, the Velvet Undergroud, the Beach Boys and, of course, the Lovin' Spoonful, who were produced by Jacobsen as well. In San Francisco, they played with Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother, The Dead, Quicksilver, The Great Society, and so many others.

The group reformed in 1971 and recorded one more album to great reviews and signing with Mo Ostin of Warner Bros. "The Miraculous Hump Returns from the Moon," became a CD in 2001. It was called, "The Millennium Edition." Now the 2nd CD release of the Miraculous Hump is called "Remastered 2006." Enjoy!...

Rumor has it, the Camel is back together playing in California and maybe a new album.

Norman Mayell of Generic Type Records has re-issued the Miraculous Hump for CD. He played with the Sopwith Camel from 1966-1973 producing two albums: "Hello-Hello" and "The Miraculous Hump Returns from the Moon." Other studio work and collaboration includes the following discography: 1971, "Spirit in the Sky" with Norman Greenbaum; 1969-1971, three albums with Blue Cheer; 1963-64, "Essential Blues" with Michael Bloomfield.

STEREO REVIEW (1973)- "... In my dreams, 'The Miraculous Hump' sells about 750,000 copies... [It is a] holiday from... overproduction, and noisy nonsense... All other music ceases for a month, during which we are all refreshed and enlightened. This album is a musical backrub. Were it for nothing else I would love it for the lines in Coke, Suede and Waterbeds:

Now they've all got money down
House in the country, store in town
Baby looks fine in her platform shoes
Daddy's got a harp, tryin' to learn the blues

...I record that Sopwith Camel are all Californians and that their marvelous music would not have been possible without that life style.
I go further: I hope Sopwith Camel will be around for years this time. They are intelligent, gentle, funny, and a little mad." -JV



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Laura - NY

Now my "BEST LOVED ALBUMS" collection is complete!
I searched record stores (when in town on business) from NY to Vancouver, BC in search of the Camel. Usually, came home with something else, so not to be totally sad.
I googled Sopwith Camel many times over the years only to come up with airplanes.
Then finally it happened. I bought 3 copies for me and my daughters, who grew up listening to the Camel since their conception..
It's amazing that when listening to the CD now, all the music I like reminds me of the Camel...
The Dancing Wizard is back!
Luv ya man!!!

tom hohmann

Glad to see others appreciate the 'Camel". I still have the LP and now the CD..I was working at NASA in Houston when this came out and Astronaut Food has to be my favorite. Jump and Jive........... Great music!

mark schmiedlin

one of THE BEST ALBUMS EVER!! i said EVER!
originally, i discovered this album by accident. they were discarding good albums from my campus radio station in the late 70's as it was converting to disco. (ick) i took albums with song titles without the word "love" in every other song, albums with cool art, and albums with songs longer than 3 minutes. the Miraculus Hump filled all 3 of my requirements. Boy was i surprised! i was instantly hooked! i was a good little audiophile too, never playing the album more than once a day.
WHAT CAN I SAY?? i love everything about this album, the lyrics are sweet, the musical synergy between the artists is unbelievable. every note is delicious, perfectly and yet effortlessly placed, soulfully played. take all the best bits from all these other reviews, and that would be my review. i bought 8 copies and gave 3 away! i had been searching for this on CD for a long time, and finally gave up until my friend's wife requested we play some at our wedding reception (this weekend) (i had been taking requests for the reception). i said that i only had it on vinyl, and was only playing CD's, but for kicks, searched for it and found the Camel's website with the link to CD Baby. sweet. as an audiophile, i am almost ashamed to admit that i've played it daily for the last 2 weeks since i first received it. I LOVE THIS MUSIC! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
i think the Camel was ahead of its time or this album would have propelled them to superstar status.

steven koerner

I can love again !
I had the album when it first came out,played it to death,taped it, same. Finally a copy I can enjoy!Thanks CD Baby!

Cheryl in Texas

I was recently going through old albums and came across "The Miraculous Hump Returns From The Moon". What a great memory. How I would love to have this on CD since I no longer have a working turntable. What the heck, my husband tells me you can find anything on the net. To my surprise I did find the CD, ordered it immediately and have played it every day since. I played it for my 20 year old son. Though he enjoyed the music, I'm not sure he can really appreciate the lyrics not having been a "hippie" in the 70's. I shall enjoy for years to come!!!

greg stokes

even better 30 years later
an even better experience than my 1,st LSD hazed memory of 30 years ago .Thank you for making this particular record available on cd so that it,s melodic harmonies may once more reverberate on this side of the pacific. After such a long abscence ,I and my wife cant stop playing it.

Rachael Vardeman

This is one of the most soothing and musically interesting albums I have ever he
I had a listening party for this album. It has a soothing blend of funk and rythym. I loved it, all my musician freinds loved and it made us all feel real good. Love the vibe, thanks for the miraculous hump returns from the moon.

Kathy and Mike DeLaquil

My husband always joked and told me I married him for his stereo and music. Although that wasn't true, I must say his music choices playing in the background helped create some of the most wonderful memories of our lives. The Miraculous Hump From The Moon was the GREATEST!!! Unfortunately, our apartment was totally destroyed by fire the year we were married back in 1976. Everything, including all his albums, was destroyed. We have been trying to replace the music ever since. Now in 2003, we have the prize find -- The Miraculous Hump!!! was the only place that truly had it in stock, and within two days we were listening to the magnificent tunes again! Thanks for remastering this treasured jewel on CD! Fazon, Dancin Wizard, Sleazy Street, and Orange Peel are our favorites, but we love the whole thing! Speaking of Dancin Wizard, we turn our age back to our early 20's again while listening... ;-)

Don Lockman

Are 6 stars possible? From the very first time I heard it in the early 70's, this album POSSESSED me!
An effortless blend of rock, jazz, pop, folk and exotic
eastern musical elements, this is one of the greatest rock albums ever recorded, honest-to-god.
If you like Steely Dan, you'd like Miraculous Hump (although they are only vaguely alike).
It's got everything--Great melodies, super arrangements where every note has its
place, devilishly clever lyrics awash in colorful (and slightly unhinged) imagination,
Fine playing, good sound fidelity, and atmosphere you can cut with a machete. And yet it all comes off so light & effortless.
If ever there was an album that deserved to sell 20 million copies, this is it.
From its images of dancing in the desert to lowlifes slouching through the sleaziest side of town, this album is a wonder. The song "Fazon" is worth the album's price alone, although EVERY song is pure *quality*. Check it out. It may not change your life, but then again it might.

Mark from England.

Looking for lost gems? Look no further.
If you're one of the growing band of under-40s who have belatedly realised that the 1970s was not really 'the decade that style forgot', but is really a treasure trove of hithertofore unseen gems, be gladdened. You have just stumbled upon a 24 carat solid gold nugget of brilliance. Buy this and be amazed that it's taken you so long to discover it!
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