Camel – The Single Factor (1982)
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- No Easy Answer
- You Are The One
- Today's Goodbye
- A Heart's Desire
- End Peace
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 which can be described as “odd”. Unlike previous Camel albums, The Single Factor consists exclusively of shorter compositions of around 3–5 minutes in length.
Guitarist Andrew Latimer was the only original member remaining in the album, 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 his health problems.
The album was reissued on 8 September 2009 by Esoteric Recordings with a bonus version of “You Are the One”.