Sky 2 (album)

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Sky 2
Studio album by Sky
Released April 1980
Recorded Studio 3, Abbey Road Studios
Genre Progressive rock, instrumental rock, classical crossover
Length 79:56
Label Arista/Ariola
Producer Sky, Haydn Bendall, Tony Clark
Sky chronology
Sky
(1979)
Sky 2
(1980)
Sky 3
(1981)

Sky 2 is the second album by English/Australian instrumental progressive rock band Sky, released in 1980. Despite being a double album it reached number one in the British Album charts, and at the time was the fastest double album to receive platinum status in the UK,[1] while the instrumental single "Toccata" peaked at 5 in the British Singles Chart.[2]

Francis Monkman played guitar on the 20-minute rock suite "FIFO" because, in his words, "I felt it necessary to inject a grunge element".[3] "FIFO" stands for "First In, First Out", and is a song about computer processing.[4]

Track list[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Hotta"   Kevin Peek, Herbie Flowers 7:46
2. "Dance of the Little Fairies"   Flowers 3:31
3. "Sahara"   Peek 6:56
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. "FIFO - 1st Movement: FIFO"   Francis Monkman 6:44
5. "FIFO - 2nd Movement: Adagio"   Monkman 2:29
6. "FIFO - 3rd Movement: Scherzo"   Monkman 4:19
7. "FIFO - 4th Movement: Watching The Aeroplanes"   Monkman 3:33
Side three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "Tuba Smarties" (live)"   Flowers 3:18
9. "Ballet-Volta"   Praetorius, Arr. John Williams 2:45
10. "Gavotte and Variations"   Rameau 6:14
11. "Andante"   Antonio Vivaldi, Arr. Williams 2:58
12. "Tristan's Magic Garden"   Tristan Fry 4:09
13. "El Cielo"   Williams 4:20
Side four
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Vivaldi"   Darryl Way 4:03
15. "Scipio"   Flowers 12:09
16. "Toccata"   Bach, Arr. Peek, Holmes 4:42

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Year Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[5] 1980 1
Preceded by
Greatest Hits by Rose Royce
UK Albums Chart number-one album
3 May 1980 - 17 May 1980
Succeeded by
The Magic of Boney M. - 20 Golden Hits by Boney M.

Personnel[edit]

  • John Williams - classical guitars
  • Francis Monkman - keyboards, synthesizers, harpsichord, piano, left-hand channel electric guitar on "FIFO"
  • Herbie Flowers - bass guitar, tuba on "Tuba Smarties"
  • Tristan Fry - drums, tuned percussion on "Tristan's Magic Garden" (drumkit, vibraphone, marimba, bass marimba, tympani & xylophones), trumpet on "Tuba Smarties"
  • Kevin Peek - electric & classical guitars

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://plum.cream.org/sky/
  2. ^ Sky UK chart history, The Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  3. ^ Wynne, Richard (2002). In Jam [sleeve notes].
  4. ^ http://plum.cream.org/sky/sky2.htm
  5. ^ "Number 1 Albums – 1980s". The Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 9 February 2008. Retrieved 27 June 2011.