Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends

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Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends
Studio album by Screaming Lord Sutch
Released February 1970 (U.S.)
25 May 1970 (U.K.)
Recorded May – September 1969
Studio Mystic Studios, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock and roll, psychedelic rock
Length 35:15
Label Cotillion
Producer Jimmy Page, Lord Sutch
Screaming Lord Sutch chronology
Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends
Hands of Jack the Ripper
(1972)Hands of Jack the Ripper1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(negative)[2]

Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends is the debut album of English rock singer Screaming Lord Sutch. Recording began in May 1969 at Mystic Studios in Hollywood and it was released on Cotillion Records in 1970. The album featured an all-star line-up with contributions from Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page (who also produced the album) and John Bonham, guitarist Jeff Beck, session keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, session guitarist Deniel Edwards and Jimi Hendrix Experience bass-player Noel Redding. Rick Brown and Carlo Little were previously with The Savages. Many of the musicians who played for Sutch on this album had grave misgivings upon its release. They were under the assumption these were demo quality recordings. As a result the artists disowned the project and the album sold poorly. It also seriously damaged Sutch's reputation with the musicians involved. "I just went down to have a laugh, playing some old rock 'n' roll, a bit of a send-up. The whole joke sort of reversed itself and became ugly," Jimmy Page said of the record.[3]

A reviewer in Rolling Stone called Sutch "absolutely terrible" and lamented that the celebrated musicians involved were made to sound "like a fouled parody of themselves".[2]

Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends was named in a 1998 BBC poll as the worst album of all time, a status it also held in Colin Larkin's book The Top 1000 Albums of All Time.

This album has also been released under the name Smoke and Fire. A CD release under the latter name appeared on the Magnum Music Group label sometime in the 1980s, evidently mastered from a vinyl copy of the original album. The cover credits Page, Beck, Bonham, Redding and Hopkins; Sutch's name appears only in the personnel list, as David Sutch.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Wailing Sounds" (Jimmy Page, Sutch) – 2:38
  2. "'Cause I Love You" (John Bonham, Deniel Edwards, Jimmy Page, Sutch) – 2:46
  3. "Flashing Lights" (Jimmy Page, Sutch) – 3:14
  4. "Gutty Guitar" (Sutch) – 2:33
  5. "Would You Believe" (Jay Cee) – 3:20
  6. "Smoke and Fire" (Sutch) – 2:38

Side two[edit]

  1. "Thumping Beat" (Jimmy Page, Sutch) – 3:07
  2. "Union Jack Car" (Jimmy Page, Sutch) – 3:03
  3. "One for You, Baby" (Sutch) – 2:44
  4. "L-O-N-D-O-N" (Sutch) – 2:56
  5. "Brightest Light" (Jay Cee, Sutch) – 3:57
  6. "Baby, Come Back" (Jimmy Page, Sutch) – 2:31


  • Screaming Lord Sutch - Lead vocals
  • Jimmy Page – Acoustic and electric guitar (on tracks 1-3, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12),[4] backing vocals, producer
  • Jeff Beck - Electric guitar (on tracks 4, 5, 11)
  • John Bonhamdrums (on tracks 1-3, 7, 8, 11, 12), percussion, backing vocals
  • Nicky Hopkins - Piano, keyboards (on tracks 4, 5, 11)
  • Kent Henry - Guitar (on tracks 5, 6, 9-11)
  • Noel Redding - Bass guitar (on tracks 7, 9-11)
  • Rick Brown - Bass guitar (on tracks 4, 5, 11)
  • Deniel Edwards - Lead guitar and Bass guitar (1-3, 5, 6, 8, 11, 12)
  • Martin Kohl - Bass guitar (on tracks 5, 6, 9-11)
  • Carlo Little - Drums (on tracks 4-6)
  • Bob Metke - Drums (on tracks 6, 9, 10)
  • Tommy Caccetta - Engineer

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
1970 Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200) 84

Additional information[edit]

Catalogue: Atlantic 2400 008 (UK), Cotillion SD 9015 (US)


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Young, J.R. (April 2, 1970). "Lord Sutch and his Heavy Friends". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (54): 66. 
  3. ^ "Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages". Retrieved 2011-01-14. 
  4. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Lord-Sutch-And-Heavy-Friends-Lord-Sutch-And-Heavy-Friends/release/5815236

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