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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

bôa - The Race of a Thousand Camels (1998)

Update 03/04/2012: I've removed the share because the American version of this album, Twilight, has been released digitally and is available now from Show your support by buying it today!

bôa is an alternative rock band that formed in England in 1993. Singer Jasmine Rogers and guitarist Steve Rogers are the children of rock veteran Paul Rogers, who they opened for at their first live gig in January 1994. After playing out to critical acclaim, but no label interest, they finally received their big break in 1996 when they signed to Japanese label Polystar Records. With a title inspired by a dream of Jasmine and a computer game written by Paul, The Race of a Thousand Camels was released in 1998.

They might have remained obscure had it not been for Polystar Records' licensing of the song "Duvet" for use in the opening titles to the anime series Serial Experiments: Lain. Check out the Serial Experiments: Lain opening title sequence, scored with the abbreviated "Duvet (TV Sized)":

An actual music video for the full-length version of "Duvet" was also produced. Check it out:

The (TV Sized) version of "Duvet" appeared in 1998 on a Serial Experiments Lain: Cyberia Mix soundtrack CD. A dance remix version of "Duvet" also appears there, with remix duties handled by Chikada "J.J" Wasei (aka DJ Wasei). Based on the huge crossover popularity Serial Experiments: Lain experienced in the U.S., the American arm of Pioneer reissued The Race of a Thousand Camels in 2001. Released under the title Twilight, it includes new cover art and three additional tracks: two Japanese b-sides ("Duvet (Acoustic)" and "Little Miss") and one additional unreleased track ("Drinking"). The first and third tracks were also swapped to make "Duvet" the opening track. The Cyberia Mix CD was also reissued in the States, but minus the two versions of "Duvet"! This complete compilation also includes the one track I didn't have access to on actual CD, "Two Steps," which I located as a nice 192kbps rip on eMule. "Two Steps" is an interesting anomoly, as it is the only bôa song in this set to feature lead vocals by guitarist Steve Rogers. After a series of label delays, bôa opted to self-release their long-awaited followed up album, Get There, in 2005.

bôa - The Race of a Thousand Camels (1998)
1. Fool (5:04)
2. Twilight (3:46)
3. Duvet (3:20)
4. Rain (3:53)
5. Elephant (3:50)
6. Scoring (3:46)
7. Deeply (4:32)
8. One Day (2:37)
9. Welcome (5:00)
10. For Jasmine (5:13)
11. Anna Maria (4:01)
From Serial Experiments Lain: Cyberia Mix CD (1998):
12. Duvet (TV Sized) (1:39)
13. Duvet (Cyberia reMIX) (feat. Chikada "J.J" Wasei) (5:19)
From Tall Snake EP CD5 (1999):
14. Duvet (Acoustic) (5:11)
15. Two Steps (4:15)
16. Little Miss (3:48)
From Twilight CD (2001):
17. Drinking (4:11)


Anonymous said...

Great stuff! This is my first time here. I've tried several new sounds I never heard of before and became an instant fan. Thanks!

12:51 said...

Wow, i tried to find this album in many ways without luck. But i´ve founded your blog and it was awesome! Finally!
Thanks!! i will re-upload the album to a multiserver site and put into my blog to share with more people. Thanks Again and good luck with your site. Bye

Anonymous said...

I've searched high and low for a copy of this album. Thank you so much! Boa's a great band and they deserve way more exposure than they're getting.

Surfaced said...

This has got to be one of the rarest albums I've ever tried to hunt down. Honestly, boundless thanks to you!

Apani said...

Thank you so much for this rare joint!

ArCaNNeS said...

Thank's Buddy!
I really needed this album

Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Unknown said...

This is one of my all-time favorite albums--thank you so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for still keeping the links alive!

H said...

thaaanks :D

Aceleron said...

Recommend (highly) too Anime Serial Experiments Lain for all.

tranks for share.