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Speech [Import, Original recording remastered]

Steamhammer, SteamhammerAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 20, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Airmail Japan
  • ASIN: B003047YN4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Really cool guitar album. November 6, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Speech is the final Steamhammer album. Drummer Mick Bradley died of leukemia shortly before its release.

This is by far the most progressive release by this band and it includes some amazing guitar riffs by Martin Pugh. This is fortunate because the vocals (by guest vocalist Garth Watt-Roy, from Fuzzy Duck and The Greatest Show on Earth)are grating despite some interesting words.

Pugh's riffs run the gambit from melodic Santana-like lilts to full scale Hendrix-fueled distortion. This record also contains the "speed-riff" Pugh reprised as a member of Armageddon. If you listen closely you will hear some haunting background vocals provided by ex-Yardbird Keith Relf.

There are only three tracks on this disc. The 20 minute multi-part Penumbru being the album's centerpiece. One song also includes a rather long drum solo this.

Following this release Relf, Pugh and the bassist on this release (Louis Cennamo) would come to America, meet Captain Beyond drummer Bobby Caldwell in a bar in LA (so the story goes) and form Armageddon. If you can skip over the vocals on Speech(and there aren't that many) the instrumental sections are often dynamic and captivating.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Heavy Prog, 4 & 1/2 Stars November 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This all but forgotten UK band released this swansong in '72. I've heard it's their heaviest and weirdest after playing standard brit blues rock on previous albums. I can't comment since I've yet to hear any of the earlier releases, but this is heavy and spacey alright. Very tight instrumental workouts that don't go for flash, so much as atmosphere and texture. Comparable to a more demented Cream, a more garagey Crimson, or a doomier Zeppelin, perhaps. Even with all the layered fuzz, they play with an elegance befitting some of the italian prog bands of the day, ie. Osanna. If heavy experimental sounds of the '70s are your thing, this is most definitely worth your time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FINAL CHAPTER FROM THIS INTRIGUING BAND May 4, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
45 minutes in length approximately. The sound is very good-crisp and clean yet has a warmth to it. The fold-out pamphlet tells the story surrounding this album and the group. The CD is clipped in,inside a fold-out cardboard holder. The graphics (like on the group's other albums) are unique looking.

This is the fourth,and last,album by STEAMHAMMER. The group originally began as a a second-tier blues band typical for the times (1968),and then their sound began to move into a harder,slightly more progressive area. By this time (1972) the group was reduced to a three-piece,consisting of,Michael (Mick) Bradley-percussion,Martin Pugh-guitars and vocals,and Louis Cennamo-bass and bowed bass and vocals. Garth Watt-Roy is heard on lead vocals throughout this album. This album consists of three long,group written,mostly instrumental tracks. The lead vocalist up until this time,(the now late)Kieran White,had left the group-thus forcing the remaining members to carry on as best they could.

The first track "Penumbra",starts with some bowed bass guitar by Cennamo,and then leads into some progressive guitar from the fine player Pugh. This is the longest track,at a bit over 22 minutes. It's broken into a five part suite,with Pugh's guitar out front for the majority of the time. An adept player,Pugh coaxes several different sounds from his instrument,and along with Cennamo and Bradley (who died while this album was being finished up) weave a progressive sound typical of the era. The vocals are nothing great-they are adequate at best,and are brief.

Track two,"Telegram (Nature's Mischief)",begins with some good guitar,with the bass and drums weaving in and out of the tune. The vocals again are brief,with the accent on group interplay.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent April 16, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is not what I expected from Steamhammer, but you know what, I'll take it.

I had them pegged as a blues band after hearing the excellent Mountains, which you also have to attain for its amazing jam of "Driving Down The Avenue.

Speech goes, and goes deep, into progressive terrain: multi part songs hugging all genres. The sound is huge, epic slaps of guitar that define this as 70s art rock.

But Speech is never deliberately artsy, and all the parts that are there seem in proper place. This band never made a splash--they must have fallen in that crack between ELP and Deep Purple. But they rock as hard as one and do prog far more classy than the other,

Crack this.
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