|Studio album by Andy Mackay|
|Studio||Basing Street Studios, London; Sawmills Recording Studios, Cornwall|
|Andy Mackay chronology|
Andy Mackay was once Roxy Music's saxophonist, and some members of the group happen to play on this record. This opus is a "concept album" with references to the Chinese culture. The cover, designed by Jane Mackay, figures a sort of post-Cultural Revolution scene. And the sound of most of the numbers relates to what a western world audience could "know" about Chinese music.
All songs are by Andy Mackay; except "Battersea Rise" by Ray Russell and Andy Mackay
- "Iron Blossom"
- "Trumpets on the Mountains/Off to Work/'Unreal City'"
- "The Loyang Tractor Factory"
- "Battersea Rise"
- "Skill and Sweat"
- "The Ortolan Bunting (A Sparrow's Fall)"
- "The Inexorable Sequence"
- "A Song of Friendship (The Renmin Hotel)"
- "Alloy Blossom (Trumpets in the Suburbs)"
- "Green and Gold"
- Andy Mackay - saxophone, oboe, cor Anglais, piano, synthesizer
- Ray Russell - guitar, string and brass arrangements
- Mo Foster - bass
- Tony Stevens - bass
- Paul Thompson - drums, timpani, gong
- Peter van Hooke - drums
- Phil Manzanera - guitar solo on "The Inexorable Sequence"
- Tim Wheater - Chinese reed flute
- Chris Parren - keyboards
- Gavyn Wright - violin solo
- Michael Laird - trumpet
- Phill Brown - assistant producer, engineer
- Jane Mackay - assistant producer, cover
- Eric Scott - cover painting