The Impossible Dream (The Sensational Alex Harvey Band album)

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The Impossible Dream
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1974
StudioApple Studios, London
GenreHard rock
LabelVertigo, 2002 CD reissue released on Mercury
ProducerThe Sensational Alex Harvey Band, David Batchelor
"Sergeant Fury" by Derek Wadsworth
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band chronology
The Impossible Dream
Tomorrow Belongs to Me
Singles from The Impossible Dream
  1. "Sergeant Fury"
    Released: August 2, 1974
  2. "Anthem"
    Released: November 15, 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Christgau's Record GuideC–[2]

The Impossible Dream was the third album by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. It was released in 1974. The album was released separately on CD but can be hard to find, however, the CD is widely available on a 2 in 1 album, the other album being Tomorrow Belongs to Me. It was the band's first release to chart, peaking at No. 16 on the UK Album Chart. "Anthem" was the last single released by SAHB in the US.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Alex Harvey and Hugh McKenna; except where indicated

  1. "Hot City Symphony Part 1: Vambo" – 5:02
  2. "Hot City Symphony Part 2: Man in the Jar" (Harvey, McKenna, Alistair Cleminson) – 8:11
  3. "River of Love" – 3:15
  4. "Long Hair Music" – 4:43
  5. "Hey" (Harvey, Cleminson, McKenna) – 0:40
  6. "Sergeant Fury" (Harvey, McKenna, David Batchelor) – 3:31
  7. "Weights Made of Lead" (Harvey) – 2:41
  8. "Money Honey" (Jesse Stone) / "The Impossible Dream" (Mitch Leigh, Joe Darion) – 2:11
  9. "Tomahawk Kid" (Harvey, McKenna, Batchelor) – 4:30
  10. "Anthem" – 7:42


The Sensational Alex Harvey Band[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Vicky Silva – guest vocals on "Anthem"
  • London-Scottish TA Regiment (including John Gilligan) – drums and pipes on "Anthem"[3]


  • The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – producer
  • David Batchelor – producer (all tracks except #4)
  • Derek Wadsworth – producer (track 4)
  • Martin Rushentengineer (all tracks except #4)
  • Dave "Cyrano" Langston – engineer (track 4)
  • Keith Davis – cover illustration, design


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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Liner notes