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Speech (album)

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Released  Early 1972
Genre  Progressive rock
Recorded  Winter 1971
Label  Brain Metronome (German release only)
Producer  Steamhammer, Keith Relf

Speech was the fourth (and final) album of the British blues-rock band Steamhammer.


In 1971, bassist Steve Davy left the band, and Louis Cennamo was recruited as his replacement - then vocalist Kieran White also left the band after a summer tour. Guitarist Martin Pugh, drummer Mick Bradley and Cennamo (with guest vocalist Garth Watt-Roy, of Fuzzy Duck) then went in the studio to record Speech, which was released in 1972. It consisted of three lengthy (and mostly instrumental) songs in a heavier progressive-rock vein, that was somewhat different from their initial blues and folk/jazz-influenced albums.

Bradley died from leukemia shortly before the album's mixing was completed (the album is dedicated to him on the inside album cover), and the band dissolved the following year; making Speech their final album.

After Steamhammer wound down, Pugh and Cennamo joined up with former Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf (who had provided production assistance on Speech, as well as contributing background vocals) and drummer Bobby Caldwell, formerly of Johnny Winter's band and Captain Beyond, to form Armageddon.

Track listing

Side 1:

  1. "Penumbra" (22:42) (Pugh, Cennamo, Bradley; lyrics: Elizabeth Romilly)
    1. "Entrance"
    2. "Battlements"
    3. "Passage to Remorse"
    4. "Sightless Substance"
    5. "Mortal Thought"

Side 2:

  1. "Telegram (Nature's Mischief)" (12:00) (Pugh, Cennamo, Bradley; lyrics: Karl Williams)
  2. "For Against" (10:58) (Pugh, Cennamo, Bradley)


Band members
  • Martin Pugh - guitar, vocals
  • Louis Cennamo - bass, vocals
  • Mick Bradley - drums
  • Session musicians
  • Garth Watt-Roy - lead vocals
  • Keith Relf - backing vocals, production assistance
  • Jane Relf - backing vocals
  • Technical
  • Pete Booth - engineer
  • Paul Whitehead - cover art
  • Product details

  • Audio CD (1991)
  • Original release date: 1972
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Repertoire (CD reissue)
  • ASIN: B00000743R
  • Also:

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Original release date: 1972
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Label: Akarma Italy
  • ASIN: B00009Y34Y
  • References

    Speech (album) Wikipedia

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