Quatermass (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1970
StudioE.M.I., London
ProducerAnders Henriksson
Quatermass chronology
Quatermass II: Long Road
Alternative cover
1975 re-issue
1975 re-issue
Singles from Quatermass
  1. "Black Sheep of the Family"
    Released: July 1970 (W. Germany)
  2. "Gemini"
    Released: 1971 (Italy)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Quatermass is the only studio album by English progressive rock band Quatermass, released in May 1970 by Harvest Records.

Critical reception[edit]

Despite the album not performing well on the charts at the time of the release, it started to attract considerable attention in 1975, when guitarist Ritchie Blackmore covered the second track, "Black Sheep of the Family", for the debut album from Rainbow. As a consequence of the revived interest, Quatermass was re-released and sold further 20,000 copies. Since then, it has gained a cult status [2] and has received favorable retrospective reviews. Mike DeGagne has given the album a rating of four stars out of five on AllMusic. He has called Quatermass "a must-have for prog rock enthusiasts, especially lovers of the keyboard-dominated style which flourished in the early '70s".[1]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Entropy"Pete Robinson1:10
2."Black Sheep of the Family"Steve Hammond3:41
3."Post War Saturday Echo"Robinson, John Gustafson, Graham Ross9:43
4."Good Lord Knows"Gustafson2:54
5."Up on the Ground"Gustafson7:11
Side two
7."Make Up Your Mind"Hammond8:44
8."Laughin' Tackle"Robinson10:35
9."Entropy (Reprise)"Robinson0:42
Total length:50:35



Technical personnel[edit]

  • Anders Henriksson – producer
  • Jeff Jarratt – engineer
  • Andy Stevens – engineer
  • Hipgnosis – cover design, photography
  • Steve Newport – design, illustration (1975 re-issue)


  1. ^ a b DeGagne, Mike. Quatermass: Quatermass > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  2. ^ McCarraher, James (2012). 101 Songs to Discover from the Seventies. Lulu.com. p. 19. ISBN 9781447862666.