The Single Factor

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The Single Factor
Camel - The Single Factor.jpg
Studio album by
Released6 May 1982
RecordedJanuary–February 1982
StudioAbbey Road studio 3
GenrePop rock, progressive rock
Length39:01
LabelGama/Decca
ProducerTony Clarke, Andy Latimer and Haydn Bendall for Gama Records Ltd.
Camel chronology
Nude
(1981)
The Single Factor
(1982)
Stationary Traveller
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]
MelodicMusic2.5/5 stars

The Single Factor, released in 1982, is the ninth studio album by English progressive rock band Camel. 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 described as "odd" on the band's official website.[2] Unlike previous Camel albums, The Single Factor consists exclusively of shorter compositions around 3 to 5 minutes in length.

Guitarist Andrew Latimer was the only original member remaining, although original keyboardist Peter Bardens returned for a guest appearance on 'Sasquatch'. According to the liner notes, original drummer Andy Ward, who had appeared in all previous Camel albums, was now absent "following a serious injury to his hand"; years later it was revealed that he was forced to retire due to mental health problems.[3]

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 Jarvis - drums
  2. "You Are the One" – 5:25
    • Andy Latimer - guitar, lead vocals, keyboards
    • David Paton - bass
    • Graham Jarvis - 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, Minimoog 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, Polymoog
    • 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 Jarvis - 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 Jarvis - 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, Polymoog and ARP 2600 synthesizers, marimba
    • Chris Rainbow - wordless vocals [4]
2009 Expanded & Remastered Edition
  1. "You Are the One" (Edited version)

Personnel[edit]

Production

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 11 November 2013.
  3. ^ "A Drummer's Tale". Andy Ward official website. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Camel - The Single Factor". Discogs.