In a Foreign Town

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In a Foreign Town
Peter Hammill In A Foreign Town.jpg
Studio album by Peter Hammill
Released November 1988
Recorded October 1987 - January 1988
Studio Sofa Sound, Avon.
Genre Art rock
Label Enigma Records
Producer Peter Hammill
Peter Hammill chronology
Spur of the Moment
(1988)Spur of the Moment1988
In a Foreign Town
Out of Water
(1990)Out of Water1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Q 4/5 stars [2]

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").

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Peter Hammill; except where indicated

  1. "Hemlock"
  2. "Invisible Ink"
  3. "Sci-Finance (Revisited)"
  4. "This Book" (Hammill, Gianpiero Ameli, Roberto Colombo)
  5. "Time to Burn"
  6. "Auto"
  7. "Vote Brand X"
  8. "Sun City Nightlife"
  9. "The Play's the Thing"
  10. "Under Cover Names"

The Fie! reissue contained an extra track:

  1. "Smile"

And the Restless issue contains an additional track:

  1. "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


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