The Single Factor

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The Single Factor
Camel - The Single Factor.jpg
Studio album by Camel
Released 6 May 1982
Recorded January–February 1982
Studio Abbey Road studio 3
Genre Pop rock, Progressive rock
Length 39:01
Label Gama/Decca
Producer Tony Clark, Andy Latimer and Haydn Bendall for Gama Records Ltd.
Camel chronology
Nude
(1981)
The Single Factor
(1982)
Stationary Traveller
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
MelodicMusic 2.5/5 stars

The Single Factor, released in 1982, is the ninth studio album by English progressive rock band Camel. The title refers[citation needed] to the fact that guitarist Andy Latimer was the sole remaining original member, though original keyboardist Peter Bardens makes a guest appearance on 'Sasquatch'. The album was essentially a contractual obligation album, created under pressure from Decca Records to produce a hit single, and the "made-to-order" nature of its composition resulted in a selection of songs which can be described as "odd".[2] Unlike previous Camel albums, all the songs were around 3–4 minutes.

The album was reissued on 8 September 2009 by Esoteric Recordings with a bonus version of "You Are the One".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Andy Latimer, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "No Easy Answer" – 2:59
    • Andy Latimer - guitar, lead vocals, piano
    • Chris Rainbow - backing vocals
    • David Paton - bass, backing vocals
    • Graham Jervis - drums
  2. "You Are the One" – 5:25
    • Andy Latimer - guitar, lead vocals, keyboards
    • David Paton - bass
    • Graham Jervis - drums
  3. "Heroes" (music: Latimer/lyrics: Susan Hoover) – 4:52
    • Andy Latimer - guitar, piano solo
    • Chris Rainbow - backing vocals
    • Haydn Bendall - Yamaha Cs80 synthesizer
    • Anthony Phillips - grand piano, organ
    • David Paton - fretless bass, lead vocals
    • Dave Mattacks - drums
  4. "Selva" – 3:34
    • Andy Latimer - electric guitar
    • Anthony Phillips - classical acoustic guitar
    • Duncan Mackay - Prophet synthesizer
  5. "Lullabye" – 0:59
    • Andy Latimer - lead vocals, piano
Side two
  1. "Sasquatch" – 4:44
    • Andy Latimer - electric guitar
    • Anthony Phillips - Rickenbacker 12-string guitar
    • Peter Bardens - organ, Mini Moog synthesizer
    • David Paton - bass
    • Simon Phillips - drums
  2. "Manic" (music: Latimer/lyrics: Susan Hoover) – 4:28
    • Andy Latimer - guitar, lead vocals, Mellotron, bass
    • Anthony Phillips - grand piano, organ, Poly Moog
    • Francis Monkman - Synclavier Harpsichord
    • Graham Jarvis - drums
    • Tristan Fry - glockenspiel
  3. "Camelogue" (music: Latimer/lyrics: Susan Hoover) – 3:44
    • Andy Latimer - guitar, lead vocals
    • Chris Rainbow - backing vocals
    • David Paton - bass, backing vocals
    • Graham Jervis - drums
  4. "Today's Goodbye" (music: Latimer/lyrics: Susan Hoover) – 4:10
    • Andy Latimer - guitar, lead vocals, organ
    • Chris Rainbow - backing vocals
    • David Paton - bass, backing vocals
    • Graham Jervis - drums
  5. "A Heart's Desire" (music: Latimer/lyrics: Susan Hoover) – 1:11
    • Andy Latimer - piano
    • Chris Rainbow - lead vocals
    • Jack Emblow - accordion
  6. "End Peace" (Latimer, Anthony Phillips) – 2:55
    • Andy Latimer - guitar
    • Anthony Phillips - grand piano, Poly Moog and Arp 2600 synthesizers, marimba
    • Chris Rainbow - wordless vocals [3]
2009 Expanded & Remastered Edition
  1. "You Are the One" (Edited version)

Personnel[edit]

Production

  • Tony Clarke – engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jehnzen, Daevid. "The Single Factor - Camel | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Official Camel Website - Camel Timeline 1982-2000". Retrieved 2013-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Camel - The Single Factor". Discogs.