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Studio Album, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. City Life (4:41)
2. Nude (0:23)
3. Drafted (4:13)
4. Docks (3:50)
5. Beached (3:32)
6. Landscapes (2:39)
7. Changing Places (4:10)
8. Pomp & Circumstance (2:05)
9. Please Come Home (1:13)
10. Reflections (2:39)
11. Captured (3:12)
12. The Homecoming (2:48)
13. Lies (4:58)
The Last Farewell:
14. The Birthday Cake (0:30)
15. Nude's Return (3:41)

Total Time: 44:52

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Line-up / Musicians

- Andrew Latimer / guitar, vocals, flute, koto, keyboards
- Andy Ward / drums, percussion
- Colin Bass / bass, vocals
- Mel Collins: flute, saxophone
- Duncan Mackay / keyboards
WITH:
- Jan Schelhaas / piano
- Chris Green / cello
- Gasper Green / percussion
- Herbie Flowers / tuba

Releases information

Lp and cassette: 1981 Gama Records limited/ the Decca Record Company limited, London
CD: 1983 (???) The Decca Record Company Limited London, England (810 880-2)

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3.62
(535 ratings)
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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
2 stars An improvement over the previous one (how could they have been worse than that album? well look at the Single Factor) , the cover intrigued me for all those years I saw the record in the stores but never bought it. I ended up renting it and was actually happy that I had finally listened to it , but was deceived by its content because I was expecting Camel to still sound 70's and to me in 95 , this sounded very 80ish.

Most progheads into 80's prog should appreciate this album.

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Posted Thursday, February 05, 2004

Review by lor68
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4 stars This stuff is "Aor/New age oriented" almost all along its length;instead the rest is symphonic: such an excellent and underrated album from the eighties, probably the first important work by Andrew Latimer considered to be in the vein of the music genre indicated above. Well looking for his symphonic stuff, you start finding three symphonic tracks here, as from "Docks", "Beached",until you are involved also with such a new-age oriented "Landscape"; and these ones are followed by interesting "Ethnical sounds" till the end. Andrew Latimer is able to change moods and styles, by adding also something new and diverse in every album (apart from some stuff , such as that one-too much light- into "I can see your house...", "Stationary Traveller"; something mainstream into "Breathless" as well and into the disappointing "The Single Factor"). But talking about "Nude", I regard this album as one of the most interesting by CAMEL. It is based upon the story of a soldier, called "Nude", who was forgotten in a far away isle of the Pacific ocean, near Japan, during the 2nd world war. Many years after the end of the war, nobody went to such atoll and find him, in order to tell him that he could come back home... when the Japanese Government sent some public servants in the recent times (in the sixties), they found him without cloths and for this reason his nickname became "NUDE". Nevertheless he was not concerned about the possibility of living the rest of his life over there!!

The only inconsistent track is the first one,"City Life", but if you listen to the whole stuff by Andrew Latimer, during his long career, you understand that every album contains one uneven/sloppy track at least and one/a couple of jewels as well (sometimes many more)!!

Recommended and inspiring album!! Of course it's not the 1st place to start with their music...

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Posted Thursday, April 01, 2004

Review by greenback
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5 stars This album is really significant to me! It is so good! The songs are all different; very progressive for 1981. Sometimes it's smooth, sometimes it is faster, but never dull. Very beautiful too. You have to compare it to "Breathless", "Raindances", "I Can See Your House From Here", "Stationary Traveller" and "Single Factor" to understand that it is the best one!!!

Among the best CAMEL's work!

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Posted Thursday, April 08, 2004

Review by Chris S
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4 stars To me this was a return to more conceptual type Camel and a move away from the more commercial sounding ' I can see you house from here'. Which was not bad either. Nude covers the story of a war veteran lost on an island for umteen years and the loneliness associated with it. Musically it serene and has some wonderful passges including Nude, Drafted and Docks. There is quite a bit of instrumentals interlayed with the set. Personally I find it well balanced and definitely a move back to the prog type sound. Recommended to any Camel fan looking for a solid addition to their ever increasing collection.

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Posted Thursday, July 01, 2004

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars As previous reviewers, I also think that this album is "progressive/new age". The music in this album "describes" very well for me the life of the Japanese soldier found years later in an island. It became "descriptive" music once I read the story in the booklet in the CD. In Camel`s official website, there is an explanation (in the "Discography" section) that the story of this album was inspired by several similar cases of lost Japanese soldiers who were found years later still thinking that the Second World War wasn`t over yet .Susan Hoover (Latimer`s wife) wrote the concept for the album and the lyrics (with the "Please come Home" lyrics written by Latimer alone). The recording of this album is very good. "Drafted" was played in a FM Radio station in my country, a very good Radio station now defunct. For me, this album describes very well the pre-war life of the soldier ("City Life"), the draft for the army ("Drafted"), the loss of the soldier ("Beached"), his life in the island ("Landscapes", "Changing Places"), and how he was found years later ("Captured", "The Homecoming"), plus his feelings about returning to his country and how he couldn`t "adapt" to the life in his country 30 years later ("Lies") and finally, despite the good reception given to him, he finally leaves his country to retun to the life he had before he was found ("The Last Farewell"). A very good album, sometimes underrated, it was their last album recorded with original drummer Andy Ward.

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Posted Monday, October 04, 2004

Review by Thulëatan
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4 stars This was the second work by Camel I ever heard (after 'The Snow Goose'), bought on the strength of ten seconds of the track 'Lies' which I caught on TV. As should be well known, 'Nude' is a concept album loosely based on the stories of Japanese soldiers who were lost in the wild during the war, sometimes to spend as long as thirty years excommunicated from the rest of the world before returning to civilisation and finding that the war is not the only thing to have passed by...

On first listen, the simple pop opening 'City Life' does not bode well for a listener expecting the textures of progressive rock, and the rest of the album can seem uninvolving... but with frequent listens you will most likely find that this is because a very dense and varied collection of music exists on 'Nude', and it just refuses to go by without solid attention. Soon 'City Life' fits perfectly as the theme of dubious simplicity and disillusion suggested by the title (and indeed the intro is just beautiful with Latimer's gentle pleas to 'wake up.... wake up') before the bustle is interrupted and the real tale begins. And it is interrupted by possibly the strongest piece on the album, 'Drafted' - a monument to the band's success in capturing a dynamic progressive performance within an otherwise standard rock band format, led by some superb sounds from Latimer's guitar. The lyrics, too, are thoughtful and well-sung, the gentle, understated vocal suiting perfectly the subdued resignation of an ordinary man unclear about why he has to fight but nevertheless honouring his draft. The climax of the track certainly brings home the emotion of this idea in dramatic fashion, an unforgettable electric guitar melody that cements the uncertainty of 'taking a life for a life, to be free'.

And now Nude's journey begins, in music that follows the cold stillness of shipping out to war, the clamour of landing in a confusing warzone, a spacious reflection of suddenly finding oneself in solitude both physically and in mind (the brilliant 'Landscapes'), right through to adjusting to life in this remote region, the eventual rescue, an unhappy return to civilisation... and the final, moving choice to go back out to where he had spent so much of his life, for the last time. Despite one or two small weak moments, I would consider Camel's 'Nude' a wonderful addition to anyone's collection; a surprising-for-the-period, conceptually sound album.

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Posted Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Review by Tony Fisher
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5 stars After a few competent but uninspired albums, Camel put together a new line up and returned to top form with another really excellent concept album based on the story of the soldier "who fought the longest war". Hiroo Onoda (hence "Nude") was a Japanese soldier (hence the cover) who hid out an island in the Philippines and refused to surrender for 30 years. Camel tell his story from drafting to his final disappearance (though some aspects do deviates from the truth). The musicianship is typically brilliant, the music is beautifully composed and the whole thing hangs together perfectly, most of the tracks blending seamlessly into each other. Mel Collins and Duncan Mackay add melodies and some fine solos to complement Andy Latimer's magnificent guitar and flute playing and bassist Colin Bass conjures up some fine bass lines. Andy Ward's drumming is inventive and technical, but sadly he suffered a "serious hand injury" shortly afterwards which practically finished his career (actually a suicide attempt which (thankfully) failed!). Hard to pick a standout track; perhaps Captured rises slightly above the general standard of excellence but there isn't a bad moment anywhere. Definitely an absolute must have and indisputably a 5 star album.

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Posted Thursday, April 28, 2005

Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars What a beautiful album and what a stunning story about that Japanese soldier! All songs sound very pleasant and melodic featuring some very warm vocals and inspired soli on guitar from Andy 'Mr. plastic face' Latimer. Mel Collins on saxophone and Duncan Mackay on keyboards deliver a great contribution to this album and Herbie Flowers (I have seen this funny man a few times with SKY) is on the list of guest musicians. Highlights are "Captured" and "Lies" but this whole album is serie of good songs, sometimes a bit polished but in general I like this album because of its warm atmosphere.

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Posted Sunday, August 07, 2005

Review by Zitro
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3 stars 3.4 Stars

This is one of Camel's high points. They are doing what they excel at: Instrumental concept albums. The guitar player steals the show as always.

At first listen, this sounds like video game music, but after repeated listenings, you will find this to be more complex and enjoyable. There is no high point nor low point in this album. It seems like one huge track of soft prog that goes through many moods. This huge track is pretty and very well composed from the amazing pop tune (City Life) to the emotional brilliance from Nude's Return.

My Grade : C+

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Posted Friday, November 25, 2005

Review by Easy Livin
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4 stars Don't get excited lads, it's just a name.

The title has nothing to do with nakedness(!), it is the name of a Japanese conscript soldier, left stranded in the jungle in Guam in 1942 during the second world war. He was unaware, then once found 29 years later refused to accept, that the was over. The indoctrinated patriotism he still felt all those years later meant that even then he refused to give up his post, and had to be forcibly removed from the island, returning home to a hero's welcome. He never took to life back in his homeland, and in 1972. he disappeared from his home, possibly to return to the island he had lived on for so many years.

Although the character here is fictitious, the story is based on the real life story of Hiroo Onada, and indeed several others. It was Andy Latimer's wife Susan Hoover who developed the concept for the album, and wrote all the lyrics except "Please come home" (by Andy Latimer).

By the time of "Nude", Camel had reverted to being a four piece band, ex-Happy The Man keyboard virtuoso Kit Watkins having departed shortly before recording commenced, although he returned temporarily for the subsequent tour. The recording of the album was not without its problems, with drummer Andy Ward attempting suicide (driven by alcohol and drug addiction). This resulted in the album being considerably delayed while he slowly recovered. The line up was augmented during recording by a number of guest musicians including Duncan Mackay on keyboards and Herbie Flowers (of Sky) on Tuba.

"Nude" is in some ways, a follow up album to "The Snowgoose", being the first by the band since that album to relate a story. Musically, the similarities with that album are strong too, "Nude" being a sort of "Snowgoose" with vocals. (Camel had originally wanted to put vocals on the Snowgoose, but for contractual reasons relating to the story were prevented from doing so). Once again, the tracks here are generally short, but demand to be heard as part of the whole, and not considered as individual pieces. Musically, there are hints of Dire Straits ("City life"), Genesis ("Docks/Beached" is at times very reminiscent of "Dukes travels" and the closing track of "Fading lights"), Pink Floyd ("Lies/The last farewell") and perhaps even Supertramp ("Please come home"). Mel Collins, now firmly ensconced as a band member, adds some colourful sax and flute at various points particularly on the looser "Changing places", where the flute becomes multitracked. While much of the album is instrumental, the vocal sections are of a notably high standard for Camel, with some commendably melodic singing.

The music flows seamlessly from theme to theme throughout, making for a very complete feel. The atmosphere tends to be reflective, sometimes almost ambient, and rarely breaking into anything too loud or raucous. That consistency though, is the beauty of the album.

Highly recommended.

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Posted Saturday, February 11, 2006

Review by belz
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3 stars 2.8/5.0 At the time of writing this review, this album has a higher rating than Camel's first album. This is a shame, as this is not even comparable to the 1973 album. Nude is not a bad album; a pretty good one in comparison to what others were doing in the 80s. But who said the 80s were a progressive music glory age? Sorry, but doing better than others does not mean doing great. 'Nude' is a good concept album with a good story, good lyrics, good keyboards, good melodies, good climax, good rhythm. Yes, this is a "good" album, but there is not any really great peak like on The Snow Goose, Moonmadness, or even Rain Dances. A pretty solid album from a great band, worth listening to, but nothing to bang your head on the wall in ecstasy! 2.8/5.0

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars The way CAMEL creates atmospheric soundscapes throughout this record is incredible. It's their first concept album since "The Snow Goose". Over two thirds of this album is instrumental. It really helps knowing the concept of this record. You can really get into each song better, even the instrumentals have new meaning as you follow along the man's story. Andy's partner Susan Hoover wrote the bulk of the lyrics here which is about a Japanese soldier who gets left behind by mistake on an island during WWII and is there for 29 years before being discovered and brought back home. He can't adapt though to his new surroundings and sails back to the island that for him is his home. This would be drummer Andy Ward's last record with CAMEL, leaving Latimer as the only original member left.

"City Life" is poppy but so well done. For the prog fan it gets better after this track, but I like it. Just hearing Andy sing "Wakeup, wakeup, wakeup" early in this song makes me smile. Mel Collins adds some nice sax later. I've said it before and i'll say it again Andy Latimer really knows how to touch my heart and he does it on the third song "Drafted" with his vocals and guitar, I love this tune, and the line "taking a life for a life to be free".

The next three instrumentals "Docks", "Beached" and "Landscapes" are pure beauty, these four songs in a row are CAMEL at their best ! I should mention that "Docks" is really a re-worked Kit Watkins(HAPPY THE MAN) tune.There are more gems to come, like "Reflections" beautifully tranquil. "Captured" featuring sax, "Lies" with Andy's melodic guitar and "Nude's Return" the uplifting ending to our story.

This is a great release no matter what year it was, but considering it was 1981, it makes it even more special.

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Posted Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Review by ZowieZiggy
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2 stars At times, "Nude" reminds me of "Duke" from Genesis although this one is an (almost) all- instrumental one. Maybe the cover in the Folon style (he was a famous Belgian painter). Maybe the general mood (rather boring, I must say). This is a return to a concept album for Camel. Still, they will try and include some pop elements in here.

The result is just average (boring most of the times, uninspired at others). With "Nude", Camel is telling us the story of a Japanese soldier lost on an island after WW2... Like with "Snow Goose", I can not really relate any story to this (almost) instrumental effort. Even if the "story" is published in the liner notes of the CD version.

"City Life" is a poppy and useless tune like they have produced in recent albums ("Breatless", "I Can See You..."). Some unnecessary transition tracks ("Nude", "Please Come Home" and "The Birthday Cake") although in most of concept albums such tracks sit there as well.

Some insipid ones ("Beached", "Changing Places", "Pomp and Circumstance", "Reflections", "Captured", "The Homecoming").

Some average ones ("Docks", "Landscaped", "Nude's Return"). And, yes : there are even two good songs on this album ("Drafted" and "Lies") ! But not a great moment like "Duke's Travels".

The recording of 'NUDE' and its tour would be devastating for Camel. In mid-1981, as he would tell 'Q' Magazine some ten years later, Andy Ward succumbed to alcohol and drug abuse and attempted suicide, unsuccessfully to the relief of all. But it rendered Ward unable to play drums in the foreseeable future. In shock, the band dissolved, the remainder of the tour was canceled and recording for the next album was postponed in the hope that Ward would recover...

Two stars.

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Review by Seyo
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2 stars After the disaster called "I Can See Your House From Here", CAMEL went back to writing conceptual album in the vein of "Snow Goose", the practice they were to continue on later albums as well. "Nude" is considerably better effort than the predecessor, but still don't expect much! It starts off with two crappy unpromising pop numbers, but luckily the remaining material delves into largely instrumental music. Apart from a couple of very good moments filled with fusion-like sound of guitar solos ("Docks", "Beached") that reminds me of some of the works done at the same period by Yugoslavian fusion masters LEB I SOL or SMAK, the album maintains a mediocre "new age" arrangement of the latter-days PINK FLOYD or ALAN PARSONS PROJECT, or even SKY (notice the guest appearance of Herbie Flowers!). Even quite a good song "Lies" sounds more like DIRE STRAITS or Chris Rea than the real progressive music. It's probably me, but I don't buy this kind of 1980s production, especially when played by old classic prog rock champions. And to support the fact that "Nude" is not the big "come back" of CAMEL, one only needs to hear the upcoming disaster No. 2 - "The Single Factor"! Overall, it is not up to the standards set with earlier albums and is surely not recommended, although it is fairly listenable musical work.

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Posted Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Review by Matti
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3 stars I'm a bit undecided on this one: I could list it among my favourite CAMELs but its faults are too striking. 1) Here and there it comes too close to the dreadful early 80's plastic AOR sound of Single Factor, their next album, and 2) I feel that the narrative concept about a soldier forgotten on an island made Andy Latimer to add some musically uninspired fillers: literally they only fill the gaps in the story. For example the tiny song 'Please Come Home' or the half-minute 'Birthday Cake'. The album consists of 15 tracks (mostly short) but fortunately the music keeps flowing pauselessly most of the time. Otherwise that would have been another frustating thing.

On the positive side, this is mostly instrumental (Andy's not much of a singer really...) and includes some gorgeous, strong moments. Probably Andy gets the best inspiration by a concept story to make his guitar SING - if at the same time it's hard to hold the inspiration for each step of that story. My fave track however is the peaceful 'Landscapes', where CAMEL comes near the New Age genre. For all the ups and downs I rate it in the middle, 3 stars.

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Posted Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Review by friso
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4 stars Camel - Nude (1981)

Maturity isn't a bad thing, it's different.

After Moonmadness the glory days of Camel seemed to have come to an end. I really disliked Raindances (1977), I can enjoy Breathless (1978) (it was one of my first vinyl's) and I can see your House from Here (1979) has only one track worth mentioning (the instrumental Ice). Camel's entrance into the eighties surprisingly shows Camel's return to shape. The concept album Nude is perhaps their best record of the eighties period and better then the three albums that came before it (those I just mentioned). What had happened?

Camel's qualities are inventive rock based instrumental passages with nice time changes and progressive harmonic thinking, the great guitar and flute playing of Latimer and the nice songs that sometimes really touch me. The energetic feel of their first four albums is great. Another great part of the Camel-method is the fact that they didn't seem to listen to other progressive records or bands because their are little influences from other bands (perhaps a tiny bit of Canterbury). On Nude Camel may still have a low-energy spark, but the songwriting and the instrumental passages are great again! The music has become accesible, but the quality remains secured. The songs have an developed emotional feel, the members of the band had become mature and very professional. So in summary, high rockin' energy was replaced by emotional maturity and professional songwriting whilst the progressive elements remain present. The production of the album is very good and has little to do with the eighties sound. Don't be scared seventies sympho-prog listeners! Furthermore I would like to add that the concept of this album works quite good. Main character mister Nude (no this album is not about nakedness) is drafted and send to Vietnam which isn't a happy trip at all. The storyline is a real contribution to the feel of the songs.

My first Camel CD was the Coming of Age 2CD, which has a very interesting Nude section! The original recordings on Nude sound just as great as the live versions, but of course the live element of the recordings still makes a difference in the listening experience.

This album has two categories of songs. We've got the instrumental progressive rock tracks and the songs that have progressive influences and an important role when it comes to the concept of the album. On side one we get to listen to some of Camel's best instrumentals and on side two their is plenty of space for intimate songs that get me carried away in the music as if it were a sad children's story. Tenderness is a word that comes to mind, a word that represents a song like Please Come Home very well.

Conclusion. This album shows a matured but still intelligent and inventive Camel with a tender storyline that evokes emotions. Some might discard this as 'sentimental old man's rock', but I think there more to Nude then that. This is an important point in Camel's career that introduces the new approach that was to be continued on the Dust and Dreams and Harbour of Tears albums. A fine symphonic rock album from the eighties, four stars. I say: get it!

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Posted Sunday, February 03, 2008

Review by kenethlevine
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3 stars On the surface, "Nude" would seem to be Camel's 80s version of The Snow Goose. While the concept is not strictly plagiaristic, it is hardly original. But musically it is far less interesting and more ambient. It is telling that most of the best tracks here are also the ones with vocals, which was never hitherto the case for Camel.

Still, there are shades of past glories as well as some impressive steps forward. The opener City Lights is like a sequel to "Breathless" but superior on a number of levels. The album really cranks up for "Drafted", thanks to one of Latimer's most expressive statements since The "Snow Goose theme", and the instrumentals "Docked", "Beached" and "Captured" are all top notch intricate efforts. Camel's strongest homage to the blues takes place in "Lies", dominated by Latimer's poignant notes. Many of these feature later live versions that equal or trump the original work, rendering this album a bit less essential than it might otherwise be.

While only fleetingly laying bare the essential qualities of what makes Camel great, "Nude" preserved the group's legacy during some stark times for progressive rock.

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Posted Sunday, May 11, 2008

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars I have never seen a camel that was not nude!

Nude is a surprisingly strong album given that it was released between the two much less good albums I Can See Your House From Here and The Single Factor. Indeed, Nude was (at the time of its release) the best Camel album since Moonmadness and it is also, in my opinion, the best album from what I have elsewhere called Camel's in-between-years; that is, the years between the release of Moonmadness in 1976 and the release of Dust And Dreams in the early 90's.

I think there are primarily two different factors that contribute to the musical success of this album in relation to the weaker ones that surrounded it. The first is that it was a return to a more Symphonic Prog-sound after three albums with strong influences from Canterbury Scene, Jazz and Pop music. The other factor is that Nude is a conceptual and story-based album like the earlier Snow Goose and the later Stationary Traveller, Dust And Dreams and Harbour Of Tears albums. These are some of Camel's very best albums and maybe making a concept album is what really brings out the best in the band? Camel were always experts of building great music around an emotional storyline without ever letting the story take over the music. The story is never too apparent in the music here, which is as it should be. It is an otherwise all too common mistake which I often find a bit cheesy in other artists' attempts at story-based albums and Rock Operas).

The sound of Nude is a nice and appealing mix of Symphonic Prog, Pop and New-Age/World music. Like Harbour Of Tears later would incorporate influences from Irish Folk music in line with its story, Nude incorporates some influences from Japanese music in line with its story (which revolves around a Japanese soldier who gets left behind on an Island for many years). Andy Latimer plays a Japanese Koto on some songs to great effect, for example. There are also lots of different flutes that sound simply wonderful and exotic. New-Age/World Music passages like that of Landscapes/Changing Places contrasts wonderfully with the rockier and more up tempo passages like Docks/Beached and Captured. I was not instantly hooked by this, but after many listens over several years I can now safely say that this album is quite excellent!

Unlike The Snow Goose, Nude is not entirely instrumental but large parts of it is. The album opens with a vocal number called City Life that is basically a high quality Pop song, not that different in style from what you find on I Can See Your House From Here or The Single Factor, but better. Other vocal numbers like Drafted and Lies are perhaps better incorporated into the album as a whole but the best parts of Nude are, I would say, the instrumental sections. On the live releases Coming of Age and Pressure Points, some of the best bits from Nude are performed live with more energy, and power then they are presented here on this studio album. I used to think that this album was too subdued and lacking an edge, and also that some of the most restrained passages was just transportation to get to the great bits. But Nude has grown on me a lot since I first heard it and now I appreciate even the more soothing moments. Indeed, these create an appealing diversity to the whole. It takes several listens to "unlock" the beauty of Nude.

Excellent addition to any Camel collection!

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Posted Sunday, July 20, 2008

Review by UMUR
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3 stars Nude is the Eigth studio album from symphonic prog rockers Camel. This is a new Camel album to me as I never got around to buy it when I purchased all the seventies albums from Camel in the mid- nineties. I was probably afraid of how it would sound like after listening to Breathless and I Can See your House From Here which I wasnīt very impressed about at the time ( I like them both much better today). On initial listen I was very disappointed and I really didnīt think I was going to like this album much but after listening to Nude many more times to get a fair impression Iīm beginning to find the charm of the album.

Nude is a concept album and is about a japanese soldier who was stationed or accidently left on a small islands in the pacific ocean during world war II and lived in isolation for many years before being found Nude ( hence the title of the album) and returning to civilization. Most of the album is instrumental but there are lyrics to some of the songs.

Like every other Camel album you know from the get go that itīs Camel your listening to. The sound on Nude is very eighties influenced which is pretty obviuos as it was released in 1981. The first eighties Camel album. The music hasnīt really changed much. Nice melodic symphonic songs with lots of pleasant keyboards and beautiful guitar leads. The biggest difference here is the vocal lines which I think sounds a bit like some of the vocal lines on Pink Floydīs The Wall. Songs like Drafted, Please Come Home and Lies are very close to the sound of Pink Floyd and so is the bluesy and melodic guitar solo in Lies. The opener City Life which also has vocals doesnīt sound like Pink Floyd though. Itīs actually a very weak vocal performance in that song. Itīs a shame because the song is pretty good.

There are some really great instrumental songs on Nude as well and songs like Docks, Beached and Captured ( with a brass section that leads my thoughts toward Canterbury) are excellent songs.

Unfortunately not all is well and I could have done without the Nude theme that also surfaces in Landscapes. It simply reminds me too much of New age meditative supermarket muzak. Changing Places isnīt my cup of tea either. It reminds me of some of the repetitive psychadelic jams that Porcupine Tree would later do. There are a few other small instrumental songs that doesnīt really rock my boat either throughout the album.

The musicianship is great even though the virtuoso performances of the past is more or less gone. Andy Wardīs drumming is much simpler and not as funky as his seventies performances but it suits the music, so I donīt mind much.

The production is as mentioned very much rooted in the eighties. I love most of the sounds on the album but I really dislike the electric piano sound that sometimes occur. To me it sounds like something you would hear in a modern church or in a Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston song.

Nude is a much better album than I thought it would be and even though this is not my favorite Camel album I still think it deserves 3 stars. 3 small stars but still 3 stars and not 2. Beware that this is an eighties album and itīs very obvious when you hear the album. Just donīt expect nice and warm seventies sounds. This ones a grower for sure so give it a few spins before you make your vote.

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Posted Thursday, September 04, 2008

Review by Bonnek
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3 stars Nude is often referred to as a return to form but actually it isn't a lot better or even all that different from the two preceding albums. The difference is one of focus and attention to detail.

City Life is a mellow pop song that sounds exactly like all other prog of that time: smooth, glossy, commercial, emotionless, uninspired and musically poor. The same can be said about Drafted, though the guitar work is really good here. The main reason why I can enjoy these songs is because this album holds together pretty well as a concept. Meaning that the entire experience brings this to a higher level then just the sum of the parts.

The instrumentals Docks - Beached is where the album really starts making sense and are good examples of glossy prog that still sounds exciting and inspired. There are a few doodling parts and pointless themes that would inspire future generations of neo-proggers but on the whole these two songs have a good epic feel.

After the atmospheric Landscapes, Changing Places founds us in the middle of a Peter Gabriel album. It's not bad but a bit derivative. It is followed by a number of nice atmospheric instrumentals. Captured takes a harder rocking approach. It's an ok instrumental but it works better in the version on the 1984 live album Pressure Points.

The closing tracks are the best part of the album. Lies is a beautiful and emotive pop-prog song and a long-standing favorite of mine in that particular style. The vocals are great here and so is Latimer's bluesy guitar. The closing Birthday Cake - Nude's Return is the best instrumental on the album with a really uplifting melody. Had the entire album been like this, 4 stars would have been easily deserved.

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars A surprisingly good efford from this band in their worst period (the early 80īs). A concept album done in 1981? Well, that was quite bold for the time. The story behind the concept is very interesting and it is well explained on Easy Livinīs inspired review. Although Nude was not really a return to form, it is way better than both Camelīs previous (the bad I Can See Your House From here) and this CD follow up (the hideous The Single Factor).

Nude starts with City Life, a commercial, but decent, pop song that is quite misleading. The remainder of the record is better, although also not very characterisc: in fact, there is a lot of instrumental tracks here that can only be labeled as new age music (Landscapes, Reflections, among others). Andre Latimer uses a lot of flute on them, an instrument he left aside in latter years. On the other side there are some very strong progressive tunes (Docks, Beached) and even some fusion stuff (Captured). There are also very good songs with lyrics like Drafted and the powerful bluesy Lie. The final instrumental Nudeīs Return reminds me of the īoldī Camel by the time of the great The Snow Goose. Unfortunatly, it is too short.

In all I liked this CD. I donīt feel It is not very well balanced musically but I have to say it does include some of their best 80īs stuff. It is a little different and maybe too new age-ish for my taste., but still quite good anyway (specially for that specific time period). And, as a concept albu,, it works. Final rating: something between 3 and 3,5 stars.

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Review by Chicapah
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4 stars I like being pleasantly surprised. When I picked this up several weeks back I expected it to be fairly good like the majority of everything else I've heard by Camel but I didn't know it would be so consistently delightful. If you know anything about this group you know that they're anything but boisterous, relying on a softer approach to get their progressive point- of-view across. There are times when that's exactly what my anxious brain or troubled mood yearns for. I'm not saying that this is some kind of wishy-washy, meditative new age B.S. that can double as a generic alternative to counting sheep and popping two Tylenol PMs. Believe me, if that's what this was I wouldn't put up with it beyond the first minute. Get thee behind me, Yanni! No, this is quality prog from the early 80s that respectfully contains a healthy dose of what had allowed the mellower side of 70s progressive rock to ingratiate itself into contemporary/popular styles so discreetly. The malicious force known as MTV was still deceivingly benign; slithering about in its cute, incubatory phase when this record was released and, therefore, "Nude" is one of the last stragglers of that waning golden era to proudly wave its shiny prog banner as the legions of anti-creativity Blue Meanies gathered on the horizon.

Make no qualms about the band's history, though. The yellow brick road hadn't been a cake walk for this group. By 1981 Camel had reinvented and repopulated itself a few times over and was at this juncture head honcho Andrew Latimer's baby all the way as he wrote or co-wrote every note of this one. My sombrero's off to him, too, because there's not a runt in the litter (okay, maybe there's a mutt or two). While it's essentially a concept album built around the tale of a castaway WWII soldier (Nude) unintentionally quarantined from the rest of the world for 29 years before being rescued, the somewhat shallow plot takes a back seat to the music and never gets preachy or overly sentimental. This is respectable prog that won't scare anyone, even your pet Guinea Pig. I'm willing to bet your wife and/or mistress will not object. Everybody wins!

They begin meekly with a light sprinkle of pop on "City Life" in which Alan Parsons' influence is noticeable except that this is what his Project should've evolved into instead of becoming the soulless, plastic hit machine they became. The song has a silky smooth surface and is obviously radio-friendly yet it maintains a level of integrity. Mel Collins' spicy sax solo could have elevated it but his reedy blowing suffers from being kept too low in the mix to make a difference. The sparse lyrics describe a young urban boy confused about what to spend his life doing. "Wake up, wake up/signs tell the time you're wasting," Andrew croons. "Nude" is next and after a soothing piano and cello opening the tune flows as free as a mountain stream. Here our protagonist's existential dilemma is solved by a draft notice that makes his life-choice for him whether he cares to tote a loaded rifle or not. It's implied that he's a bit of a reluctant would-be killer who realizes that he has no alternative but to "live without remorse for the deeds I'm bound to do." The tune lolls a little until Andy Ward's drums' delayed entrance allows the number to pick up welcome steam. They then segue seamlessly into six consecutive, entertaining instrumental tracks, starting with "Drafted," a cut that has Latimer performing a stately slide guitar theme that's stirringly inspiring.

"Docks" is a Pink Floyd-styled song, well-constructed and festively decorated with firm dynamics. Andrew's understated guitar work is graceful throughout. "Beached" is even more up-tempo as Duncan Mackay's tasteful keyboard settings along with Ward's intricate drumming impress and the sudden appearance of a clean brass section is a nice touch. It's nothing spectacular, mind you, but there are enough varied elements involved to hold your interest until they get to the next (and best) number, "Landscapes." This gorgeous, ethereal piece alone is worth the price of admission. A deep, reverberating keyboard surrounds the soothing flute melody like a warm halo and my only complaint is that it's over way too soon. I could lounge in its luxury for another ten minutes. Easy.

Slightly world-beat, tribal-like drums characterize "Changing Places" as they rumble beneath harmonizing flute lines. The tune effectively summons a vivid visualization of Nude finding himself stranded on his lonely island paradise and Mel's flute flurries are colorful and uplifting. "Pomp & Circumstance" is another lovely composition that blends multiple synthesizers expertly, leading to a barely audible military snare and a single rifle shot at the end. Despite his isolation, our plucky infantryman has steadfastly enforced his loyalty to his sworn duty by staying vigilant, regularly discharging his firearm into the air. "Please Come Home" is a tiny song that brings to mind Supertramp and through which we are informed that our boy has, at long last, been found. "Reflections" follows and it's another well-executed soundscape that demonstrates explicitly how sublime subtlety can not only be heartwarming but highly admirable as prog art. Skeptical about the war being over, Mr. Survivor resists his rescue at first. "Captured" is a perky instrumental too reflective of the New Wave mannerisms prevalent at the time and it's the nadir of the proceedings because of that mundane flavoring. Kind of a cheesy soundtrack more befitting a modern jazz/ballet dance recital at the local high school, if you know what I mean and I think you do.

A hero's welcome greets the overwhelmed Nude in "The Homecoming," a Sousa-like snippet that's essential to the plot yet adroitly avoids being an embarrassment. "Lies" is another Alan Parsons Project protégé with Andrew's fluid guitars teeming, a funky breakdown in the middle that wisely employs a dense, growling Hammond organ (always a huge plus in my book) and a Latimer guitar ride towards the end that's exquisite. Far from being grateful, our star of the show is rather bitter. "Can you disguise/can you simplify/this change you put me through?/can you revive/and will I survive/this life you've brought me to?" he exclaims. The finale is "The Last Farewell." While Andrew reprises an earlier theme, Colin Bass' fretless bass adds a bounty of class before the band closes with a wistful musical aura reminiscent of Genesis during their awesome "Wind and Wuthering" days. The story's coda (spelled out in the liner notes) informs us that our man, disgusted with the phoniness of the requisite15-minutes-of-fame global community he's been brought back to, simply vanishes one day. We are left to surmise that he's returned to the peace and solitude of his south sea isolation. Good for him.

I have yet to find a truly poor Camel album. If you haven't waded into the dromedary waters as of yet I can only tell you that you're depriving yourself of a treat. While "Nude" isn't a masterpiece, it still deserves your consideration as an open-minded progger. If you take into account the "prog is for dweebs" mentality that the punk rockers bent on anarchy and the holier-than-thou New Wavers had forced upon the up-and-coming "videos rule" generation, it shines quite brightly. While Genesis was quickly turning into just another arena rock & roll band, while Yes was frantically looking for their lost Tibetan monk mojo and ELP's legacy was as dead as chivalry these guys were determined to hang on to their prog identity while adventurously incorporating ever-improving studio recording processes and techniques into their sound. Whatever you do, don't make the mistake of overlooking these fellas. They were still prog when prog wasn't cool anymore. 3.9 stars.

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Review by octopus-4
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4 stars Between two of their poorest albums it appeared Nude. The first Camel's concept album after Snow Goose, and the first "real" concept because Snow Goose is totally instrumental. The story of the soldier forgotten on a desert island after a battle is not invented. I think Latimer and Susan Hoover have taken one of the many true stories of this kind, added a bit of fantasy and realized the plot.

However many passages are instrumental. We have songs at the beginning (City Life, Drafted) and at the end (Lies and Please Come Home). Effectively the main character of the story can "speak" only at the beginning, before the battle, and at the end, when after being saved he can't come back to the "city life" and disappears, probably back to his desert island.

What is more interesting are the instrumental parts. While the songs are radio friendly and pop-oriented is in the instrumental parts like "Beached" and "Captured" that we can find Camel at their best.

Captured features a great Mel Collins' solo that Latimer was used to play on guitar live, but the guitar makes a great work on Beached when underlines the battle. Using the slide, instead of percussions to give the idea of a battle is a great idea.

This is not an album to be described track by track, anyway. It's a true concept album that has to be listened to from the beginning to the end and represents the last good act of Camel as a band that still has Andy Ward, before becoming just a Latimer's trademark.

A mention goes to Colin Bass and Jan Scheelhas, that after the partially deludent debut with Camel of I Can See Your House From Here, are here giving, specially the first, a touch of personality to the music.

A cathedral in the desert of the early 80s unfortunately followed by what is in my opinion the poorest Camel's album: The Single Factor.

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Posted Monday, December 27, 2010

Review by Warthur
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4 stars The final Camel album to feature Andy Ward is a strong return to form after the awkward transitional albums from Rain Dances to I Can See Your House From Here. Though Latimer finally succeeds in updating and streamlining the classic Camel sound, don't let the short song lengths fool you - the album flows from track to track wonderfully, creating a wonderful instrumental-heavy concept album in the tradition of the Snow Goose (with a few lyrics here and there to shed a bit of light on the concept).

With Andy's guitar work at points reminiscent of the sort of material Steve Hackett was unleashing on his own solo albums at around the same time, Nude shares with the likes of those albums a fascinating position as a transition point between the symphonic styles of the golden age of prog and the accessible, melodic approach of the upcoming neo-prog acts. It's also a great little piece of symphonic prog from a time when the genre had few stalwart champions.

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Posted Thursday, November 10, 2011

Review by Evolver
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3 stars After two albums that indicated a clear leaning toward more commercial (less interesting) musical direction, the start of this album might make you believe that this album continues that trend. And sure, City Life and the brief Nude are bland and poppy, but when the smoky sound of Drafted begins, it marks a change in attitude.

Aside from those first two tracks, the rest of the album is good. There is quite a bit of that light symphonic (and sure, maybe new-agey) symphonic fusion that was a staple in the heyday of the band, and also forays into other territories. Beached is a pure fusion track, more aggressive than we are accustomed to hearing from Camel, in some ways similar to Brand X. And while were talking aggression, Captured brings a heavy ELP-like riff with un-Camel-ish energy.

I'd give this album 3.5 stars, that I feel must be rounded down. Let's hope they don't follow it up with an album of truly bland pop singles under a very unimaginative title... Ooops!!!

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4 stars From 1981, NUDE is a kind of overlooked and forgetton Camel album, which does not mean it is not very good. It is a mostly instrumental release, and better than most of what the band did in the 1980's anyways, especially THE SINGLE FACTOR. This is not as proggy as things like MOONMADNESS or CAMEL an ... (read more)

Report this review (#733612) | Posted by mohaveman | Friday, April 20, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This albums turned out to be much more enjoyable than i though it would, Thing i noticed was a definite Blue Oyster Cult 80's sound, new wave influences are here, but enough atmosphere ,i really enjoyed the album, Actually can hear a lot of camels later albums within this, Though the 80's rock st ... (read more)

Report this review (#420172) | Posted by darkprinceofjazz | Tuesday, March 22, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Although not as good as their predecessors of 70 years, "Nude" is a real gem of a story in Camel.This concept is based on the (real) story of a Japanese soldier who was imprisoned in the island since World War II until the 70's, and to be rescued, did not believe the war was over, this album follows ... (read more)

Report this review (#411165) | Posted by voliveira | Friday, March 04, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars One of the big problems i encounter in 80's prog albums is that often more effort ends up being put into making the production sound 'modern' than gets put into writing the music. This is a big problem parts of this 80's highlight from Camel. The keyboards often over- power and in some cased ruin ... (read more)

Report this review (#399152) | Posted by topographicbroadways | Saturday, February 12, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is an excellent piece of work in my opinion and one of my favourite Camel albums. Following the concept story of a Japanese soldier found on an island many years after WW2 it's already very intriguing and the music beautifully tells the story from beginning to end with the track titles painting ... (read more)

Report this review (#308654) | Posted by Frankie Flowers | Sunday, November 07, 2010 | Review Permanlink

4 stars A nice work and an underrated album! I own a lot of Camel albums in my progressive collection and I must say that Nude is one of the most played in my house. First of all, it's a soft progressive work with an interesting point of ... (read more)

Report this review (#208650) | Posted by Sachis | Wednesday, March 25, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars What can I say about this album, when I first heard that the story of it was based on a Japanese sargent who lived many years alone in a island I was impresed, so I started looking for this interesting history and while reading it I was listening to camelīs conceptual Nude. Hearing this album is ... (read more)

Report this review (#207792) | Posted by jerome | Thursday, March 19, 2009 | Review Permanlink

2 stars This album is made in Camels more commercial '80 period, and this is quite hearable. This makes the first three songs horrible. Somehow, in the parts were the concept's main person Nude, is going crazy, the songs go crazy. Docks and Beached are some very nice instrumentals, showing of complex ... (read more)

Report this review (#174586) | Posted by Foolsdrummer | Friday, June 20, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Hey proggers , wake up )) What's the meaning of progressive rock after all ))))))))) I agree with Latimer's point of view in 1981 , NUDE was essential in Camel's works , that's the meaning of progress . Nude , with few other releases in 1981 , gave me the trust that p ... (read more)

Report this review (#164937) | Posted by trackstoni | Tuesday, March 25, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars 4 Stars With their album nude CAMEL moved into a different direction. More of a cross-over to new age. I must agree that they succeeded in producing a very melodic concept album. For me this is their best effort. I have never been a die-hard fan of their music but this album is worth the 4 stars ... (read more)

Report this review (#149529) | Posted by Aleph0 | Thursday, November 08, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Very strong emotions moulded this one. the album title, and what it refers behind, its a true story; and no doubt a perfect theme for a concept album filled with a fantastic interpretation by the group. Spearheaded by latimer, a lot of ambiances can be found from beginning to end. surely one of ... (read more)

Report this review (#127279) | Posted by luisman | Sunday, July 01, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars A sign of things to come. This album has far more in common with their 90's output than anything from the 70's. Though I'd say the overall sound is certainly grounded in the late 70's, early 80's. Like their later concepts works, I find that I enjoy the instrumentals more than the vocal numb ... (read more)

Report this review (#110854) | Posted by | Tuesday, February 06, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I hate reviewing albums on the basis of particular songs treated in separation. Nude, as almost all of Camel's albums, is an entity that can hardly be chopped to pieces. I like to listen to it as one 40 minutes' long song. The sung parts are generally mundane, but make great juxtaposition with ... (read more)

Report this review (#107473) | Posted by Lakesfield | Sunday, January 14, 2007 | Review Permanlink

3 stars ***― Camel returned to the world of concept albums with this one, and did it very well indeed. Mostly instrumental work, there's only four vocal pieces on the album. I like City Life and especially the great Drafted very much, but Please Come Home and Lies are a bit weaker. The instrumental ... (read more)

Report this review (#87412) | Posted by Pekka | Wednesday, August 16, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Caution: This isn't classic prog! This concept album is has an 80's approach to prog, almost neoprog. This isn't bad at all, it's just a fresh output from Camel, adapted to the time but still faithful to the ethos of prog. The highlights of the album are: City Life, which makes an excellent p ... (read more)

Report this review (#81547) | Posted by RaúlGuate | Tuesday, June 20, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This was my first ever CAMEL album, and my first prog-rock album, recommended to me by amazon.co.uk, and I was certainly thankful for the introduction into this amazing genre of music. Following the conceptualism presented in the 'Snow Goose', it gives some brilliant atmospheres displaying ... (read more)

Report this review (#64707) | Posted by ProgHappy | Saturday, January 14, 2006 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Camel re-forming with several new musicians, delivering an excellent progressive rock album with great sound and some intense instrumental sections. The album tells the allegedly true story of a Japanese soldier who remained on a Pacific island for 20 years, never knowing the war had ended. A ... (read more)

Report this review (#54763) | Posted by Marquęs_Prög | Saturday, November 05, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars "Nude" was a relief after records like "Breathless", "I Can See..." and "Single Factor" which are the three worst records in Camel's excellent discography. "Nude" is definately in my top five favourite Camel records though I know it's been overlooked all through these years (even among Camel's ... (read more)

Report this review (#46289) | Posted by DACE | Sunday, September 11, 2005 | Review Permanlink

5 stars It is hard for me to distinguish their best work out of so many bloody good records. Andy Latimer for me is a magician creating beautiful sounds and atmospheres. Every Camel's record has something special about; however NUDE is a really special one. Why? I would have to write many many things ... (read more)

Report this review (#2375) | Posted by | Saturday, March 12, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars camel is a great band. it always brings a good surprise in every album, and this is not an exeption. nude is very complete, great arregaments and great songs. a fusion of pop and progressive rock, almost instrumental. if you are really a camel fan, you should have this one in your collection. ... (read more)

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