Speech (album)

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Studio album by Steamhammer
Released Early 1972
Recorded Winter 1971
Genre Progressive rock
Label Brain Metronome (German release only)
Producer Steamhammer, Keith Relf
Steamhammer chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Speech was the fourth (and final) album of the British blues-rock band Steamhammer.

In 1971, bassist Steve Davy left the band, and Louis Cennamo was recruited as his replacement - then vocalist Kieran White also left the band after a summer tour. Guitarist Martin Pugh, drummer Mick Bradley and Cennamo (with guest vocalist Garth Watt-Roy, of Fuzzy Duck) then went in the studio to record Speech, which was released in 1972. It consisted of three lengthy (and mostly instrumental) songs in a heavier progressive-rock vein, that was somewhat different from their initial blues and folk/jazz-influenced albums.[2]

Bradley died from leukemia shortly before the album's mixing was completed (the album is dedicated to him on the inside album cover), and the band dissolved the following year; making Speech their final album.[3]

After Steamhammer wound down, Pugh and Cennamo joined up with former Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf (who had provided production assistance on Speech, as well as contributing background vocals)[4] and drummer Bobby Caldwell, formerly of Johnny Winter's band and Captain Beyond, to form Armageddon.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1:

  1. "Penumbra" (22:42) (Pugh, Cennamo, Bradley; lyrics: Elizabeth Romilly)
    1. "Entrance"
    2. "Battlements"
    3. "Passage to Remorse"
    4. "Sightless Substance"
    5. "Mortal Thought"

Side 2:

  1. "Telegram (Nature's Mischief)" (12:00) (Pugh, Cennamo, Bradley; lyrics: Karl Williams)
  2. "For Against" (10:58) (Pugh, Cennamo, Bradley)


Band members
Session musicians
  • Garth Watt-Roy - lead vocals
  • Keith Relf - backing vocals, production assistance
  • Jane Relf - backing vocals

Product details[edit]

  • Audio CD (1991)
  • Original release date: 1972
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Repertoire (CD reissue)
  • ASIN: B00000743R


  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Original release date: 1972
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Label: Akarma Italy
  • ASIN: B00009Y34Y


  1. ^ Hundey, Jason. "Speech - Steamhammer | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Steamhammer : Featured Artist – Classic Rock Discussions –". Last.fm. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Keith Relf Articles". Mnbvcxzl.tripod.com. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  4. ^ "The Yardbirds, Renaissance, Medicine Head, Steamhammer, Armageddon". Keith Relf. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  5. ^ "Northern Lights - The Renaissance Fan Site". Nlightsweb.com. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 

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