Roaring Forties (album)

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Roaring Forties
Studio album by Peter Hammill
Released September 1994
Recorded August 1993-May 1994, Terra Incognita, Bath
Genre Art rock
Label Fie!
Producer Peter Hammill
Peter Hammill chronology
The Noise
Roaring Forties
X My Heart
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Roaring Forties is an album by Peter Hammill, released on his own Fie! label in 1994. It, and the following album, X My Heart, are Hammill's most recent albums that primarily contain an organic, full-band rock style. While there are occasional tracks on later albums in this style, Hammill's principal mode has moved since this album towards a more intimate, chamber-music style.

The album also contains "A Headlong Stretch", one of Hammill's occasional long, episodic song suites (see also "A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers" from Pawn Hearts and "Flight" from A Black Box).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sharply Unclear"
  2. "The Gift Of Fire"
  3. "You Can't Want What You Always Get"
  4. "A Headlong Stretch"
    • Up Ahead
    • Continental Drift
    • The Twelve
    • Long Light
    • Backwards Man
    • As You Were
    • Or So I Said
  5. "Your Tall Ship"



  1. ^ Sinclair, Ali. Roaring Forties (album) at AllMusic