Nude

Released: January 1981
Recorded: September 1980 at Abbey Road Studios
Length: 44:45
Label: Gama/Decca
Producer: Camel, Tony Clark and Haydn Bendall

Nude is a concept album released by English progressive rock band Camel in 1981. It was their eighth studio album. The album is based on a true story of a Japanese soldier (Hiroo Onoda) marooned on an island in World War II who doesn’t know that the war is over. “Nude” derives from his family name “Onoda”. The album’s lyrics were mainly written by Susan Hoover, except “Please Come Home”, which was written by Andrew Latimer. It was the last Camel album to feature original drummer Andy Ward.

Track listing

Side one

  1. “City Life” (Andrew Latimer, Hoover) – 4:41
  2. “Nude” (Latimer) – 0:22
  3. “Drafted” (Latimer, Hoover) – 4:20
  4. “Docks” (Latimer, Kit Watkins) – 3:50
  5. “Beached” (Latimer) – 3:34
  6. “Landscapes” (Latimer) – 2:39

Side two

  1. “Changing Places” (Latimer) – 4:11
  2. “Pomp & Circumstance” (Latimer) – 2:05
  3. “Please Come Home” (Latimer) – 1:12
  4. “Reflections” (Latimer) – 2:39
  5. “Captured” (Latimer, Jan Schelhaas) – 3:12
  6. “The Homecoming” (Latimer) – 2:49
  7. “Lies” (Latimer, Hoover) – 4:59
  8. “The Last Farewell”
    • “The Birthday Cake” (Latimer) – 0:30
    • “Nude’s Return” (Latimer) – 3:42

2009 Expanded & Remastered Edition

Bonus tracks recorded at Hammersmith Odeon on 22 February 1981 for BBC Radio One “In Concert”. Excerpts from “Nude” medley:

  1. “City Life”
  2. “Nude/Drafted”
  3. “Docks”
  4. “Beached”
  5. “Landscapes”
  6. “Changing places”
  7. “Reflections”
  8. “Captured”

The Last Farewell

  1. “The Birthday Cake”
  2. “Nude’s Return”

Personnel

Camel

  • Andrew Latimer – guitars, vocals, flute, koto & various keyboards, lead vocals on “Please Come Home” and “Lies”
  • Colin Bass – bass, vocals, lead vocals on “City Life” and “Drafted”
  • Andy Ward – drums, percussion

Additional musicians

  • Mel Collins – flute, piccolo, saxophones
  • Duncan Mackay – keyboards
  • Jan Schelhaas – piano on “The Last Farewell”
  • Chris Green – cello
  • Gasper Lawal – all percussion on “Changing Places”
  • Herbie Flowers – tuba

Production

  • Engineered by Tony Clark
  • Cover design by Mayblin/Shaw/Munday

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