Roaring Forties (album)

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Roaring Forties
Peter Hammill Roaring Forties.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1994
RecordedAugust 1993-May 1994
GenreArt rock
ProducerPeter Hammill
Peter Hammill chronology
The Noise
Roaring Forties
X My Heart
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock7/10 stars[2]

Roaring Forties is the 21st studio album by Peter Hammill, released on his own Fie! label in 1994. It, and the following album, X My Heart, are Hammill's most recent albums that primarily contain an organic, full-band rock style. While there are occasional tracks on later albums in this style, Hammill's principal mode has moved since this album towards a more intimate, chamber-music style.

The album also contains "A Headlong Stretch", one of Hammill's occasional long, episodic song suites (see also "A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers" from Pawn Hearts and "Flight" from A Black Box).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sharply Unclear" - 5:42
  2. "The Gift of Fire (Talk Turkey)" - 8:31
  3. "You Can't Want What You Always Get" - 9:36
  4. "A Headlong Stretch" - 19:32
    • Up Ahead
    • Continental Drift
    • The Twelve
    • Long Light
    • Backwards Man
    • As You Were
    • Or So I Said
  5. "Your Tall Ship" - 4:58


  • Peter Hammill - guitar, piano, vocals
  • Nic Potter - bass on "Sharply Unclear" and "You Can't Want What You Always Get"
  • Stuart Gordon - violin
  • Simon Clark - organ on "The Gift of Love"
  • David Jackson - saxophone, flute
  • Manny Elias - drums, percussion


  • Peter Hammill - recording engineer, mixing (Terra Incognita, Bath)
  • Paul Ridout - design, photography


  1. ^ Sinclair, Ali. Roaring Forties at AllMusic
  2. ^ Barton, Geoff (February 2010). "Peter Hammill - Roaring Forties". Classic Rock. No. 141. p. 93.