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Nude by Camel

Nude

by Camel

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Barcode: 0602445682966
Format: Vinyl
Media: Mint (M)
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”Nude” stands as the eighth studio album by the English progressive rock band Camel, released in January 1981. This concept album draws inspiration from the true story of Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier marooned on an island during World War II, unaware that the war has ended. The title “Nude” is derived from Onoda’s family name. Predominantly instrumental, the album’s lyrics were mainly crafted by Susan Hoover, with Andrew Latimer penning “Please Come Home.” This release marked the final appearance of original drummer Andy Ward and the last time more than one original member featured on a Camel album.

On 24 November 2023, a remastered edition of the album, featuring new mixes by Stephen W. Tayler and remastering by Ben Wiseman, was released by Universal Music.

The album unfolds a narrative focusing on Hiroo Onoda’s isolation after being left behind on an island during World War II. Starting in 1942, Onoda finds himself subject to strict regulations in Imperial Japan (“City Life/Nude”). Following conscription instructions (“Drafted”), he joins young soldiers boarding a ship for battle, facing combat on a Pacific Island (“Docks” and “Beached”). Alone and unaware of his abandonment, Onoda persists in the hope of rescue (“Landscapes”).

Isolated for years, Onoda patrols the jungle, maintaining military duties (“Changing Places”) and fulfilling routines atop a mountaintop (“Pomp & Circumstance”). Despite leaflets urging his return, Onoda dismisses them as Allied tricks (“Please Come Home”). Gradually, he accepts the war’s end (“Reflections”), is captured, and returns to Japan (“Captured”).

Celebrated upon his return (“The Homecoming”), Onoda faces challenges adapting to society (“Lies”). Fame, rewards, and government recognition do not alleviate his loneliness. On his 50th birthday, he reflects on his past (“The Last Farewell: The Birthday Cake/Nude’s Return”).

In 2008, “Nude” was featured by Steven Wilson in Classic Rock magazine’s list of “10 Mind-Blowing Concept Albums.” Daevid Jehnzen of All Music Guide praised its intriguing passages and atmospheric qualities. Sputnik Music lauded the stellar musicianship, incorporating symphonies, vibraphones, and saxophones, positioning “Nude” as one of the best progressive albums of the ’80s. Despite being less accessible, the album is recognized for creating a captivating world amidst the challenging musical landscape of the time.

Tracklist
A1 City Life
A2 Nude
A3 Drafted
A4 Docks
A5 Beached
A6 Landscapes
B1 Changing Places
B2 Pomp & Circumstance
B3 Please Come Home
B4 Reflections
B5 Captured
B6 The Homecoming
B7 Lies
The Last Farewell:
B8.1 The Birthday Cake
B8.2 Nude's Return
Catalogue No.: 4568296
Barcode: 0602445682966
Genre: Rock
Style: Prog Rock
Label: Decca
Released: 2023
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Misprint, Reissue, Remastered, Gatefold
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