pH7 (Peter Hammill album)

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Peter Hammill pH7.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1979
GenreArt rock, progressive rock
ProducerPeter Hammill
Peter Hammill chronology
The Future Now
A Black Box
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
Sounds(excellent)5/5 stars [2]

pH7 is an album by Peter Hammill, originally released on Charisma Records in September 1979. It was Hammill's eighth solo album and his last release on the Charisma label.

The song "Porton Down" refers to the Porton Down military research facility in Wiltshire, England, while the lyrics of "Imperial Walls" are a translation of the first few lines of the Anglo-Saxon poem, "The Ruin".

The song "Not For Keith" is a tribute to Keith Ellis, a former member of the band Van der Graaf Generator, who had then died just recently.

"Cover note: The photographs were all taken late at night in NYC. As we left Dan's [the photographer's] place in search of a cab Graham [Smith] and I ran into some trouble from which, frankly, we were lucky to escape...".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Peter Hammill, except where noted.

  1. "My Favourite"
  2. "Careering"
  3. "Porton Down"
  4. "Mirror Images"
  5. "Handicap and Equality"
  6. "Not for Keith"
  7. "The Old School Tie"
  8. "Time for a Change" (Chris Judge Smith, Steve Robshaw)
  9. "Imperial Walls"
  10. "Mr. X (Gets Tense)"
  11. "Faculty X"

In 2006, the album was remastered and expanded, adding alternative versions of "Mr X (Gets Tense)" and "Faculty X" recorded for John Peel's BBC Radio 1 programme as well as a fresh sleeve note by Hammill.

US/Canada vinyl pressings have an additional track at the end of side A, "The Polaroid".

Side A

  1. "My Favourite"
  2. "Careering"
  3. "Porton Down"
  4. "Mirror Images"
  5. "Handicap and Equality"
  6. "Not for Keith"
  7. "The Polaroid"

Side B

  1. "The Old School Tie"
  2. "Time for a Change" (Chris Judge Smith, Steve Robshaw)
  3. "Imperial Walls"
  4. "Mr. X (Gets Tense)"
  5. "Faculty X"


  • Pat Moran – engineer, mixing
  • Rocking Russian – artwork
  • Dan Kirk – photography


  1. ^ Couture, François. PH7 at AllMusic
  2. ^ Sounds review
  3. ^ "Sofa Sound". Sofa Sound. Retrieved 13 December 2012.

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