Fourplay is the eighth album by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, and it was the first album to be made without Alex Harvey. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band were titled as "SAHB (Without Alex)" on the album cover. Alex Harvey was producing another album called Alex Harvey Presents: The Loch Ness Monster. Fourplay was originally released in 1977 on vinyl and cassette. A few bootleg copies were produced, which is the only CD release that the album saw. Tracks were included on the main SAHB album CD issues on the Samurai label as bonus tracks. Even although Alex Harvey is not on the album, he is pictured on the back tied up with string and gagged behind a huge case with "The Sensational Alex Harvey Band" written on it, while in the background the other four members appear to be singing into a microphone, facing away from Alex, this, obviously, relating to the "Without Alex" part of the title.
"Pick It Up and Kick It"/"Smouldering" was released as the lead single in January 1977 which they promoted on their debut Old Grey Whistle Test performance. Less than eight months later Harvey came back.