In a Foreign Town
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|In a Foreign Town|
|Studio album by Peter Hammill|
|Recorded||October 1987 - January 1988|
|Studio||Sofa Sound, Avon.|
|Peter Hammill chronology|
In a Foreign Town is the 16th studio album by the English singer-songwriter Peter Hammill. It was originally released in 1988 on Enigma Records, and was subsequently reissued on Hammill's own Fie! label.
The album has not proved popular with some of Hammill's fans, due largely to the rather dated 1980s rhythm tracks and production. However, others value it highly because it is one of Hammill's most politically engaged albums, covering such topics as apartheid ("Sun City Nightlife"), big business ("Sci-Finance Revisited" - a reworking of "Sci-Finance", the Van der Graaf song from Vital) and global politics ("Hemlock").
All tracks written by Peter Hammill; except where indicated
- "Invisible Ink"
- "Sci-Finance (Revisited)"
- "This Book" (Hammill, Gianpiero Ameli, Roberto Colombo)
- "Time to Burn"
- "Vote Brand X"
- "Sun City Nightlife"
- "The Play's the Thing"
- "Under Cover Names"
The Fie! reissue contained an extra track:
And the Restless issue contains an additional track:
- "Time to Burn (Instrumental)"
- Peter Hammill – vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion
- Stuart Gordon - violin on (1)
- Paul Ridout - engineer, artwork
- David Lord - mixing
- Armando Gallo, Hilary Hammill - photography