The Single Factor

Released: 6 May 1982
Recorded: January–February 1982 at Abbey Road studio 3
Length: 39:01
Label: Camel Productions
Producer: Tony Clark, Andy Latimer and Haydn Bendall for Gama Records Ltd.

The Single Factor, released in 1982, is the ninth studio album by English progressive rock band Camel. The title refers 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”. 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

All songs written by Andy Latimer, except where noted.

Side one

  1. “No Easy Answer” – 2:59
  2. “You Are the One” – 5:25
  3. “Heroes” (Latimer, Susan Hoover) – 4:52
  4. “Selva” – 3:34
  5. “Lullabye” – 0:59

Side two

  1. “Sasquatch” – 4:44
  2. “Manic” (Latimer, Hoover) – 4:28
  3. “Camelogue” (Latimer, Hoover) – 3:44
  4. “Today’s Goodbye” (Latimer, Hoover) – 4:10
  5. “A Heart’s Desire” (Latimer, Hoover) – 1:11
  6. “End Peace” (Latimer, Anthony Phillips) – 2:55

2009 Expanded & Remastered Edition

  1. “You Are the One” (Edited version)

Personnel

  • Andy Latimer – lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, Mellotron (B 2), organ (B 4), bass (B 2)
  • David Paton – bass, backing vocals, lead vocals (A 3)
  • Chris Rainbow – backing vocals, lead vocals (B 5)
  • Anthony Phillips – organ (A 3, B 2), grand piano (A 3, B 2, 6), Polymoog (B 2, 6), ARP 2600 (B 6), marimba (B 6), acoustic guitar (A 4), 12-string guitar (B1)
  • Graham Jarvis – drums
  • Peter Bardens – organ, Minimoog (B1)
  • Haydn Bendall – Yamaha CS80 synthesizer (A 3)
  • Duncan Mackay – Prophet synthesizer (A 4)
  • Francis Monkman – synclavier (B 2)
  • Dave Mattacks – drums (A 3)
  • Simon Phillips – drums (B 1)
  • Tristan Fry – glockenspiel (B 2)
  • Jack Emblow – accordion (B 5)

Production

  • Engineered by Tony Clark

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