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3.09 | 34 ratings | 7 reviews | 35% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1972

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Penumbra
2. Telegram
3. For Against

Line-up / Musicians

- Martin Pugh / guitar, vocals
- Louis Cennamo / bass, vocals
- Mickey Bradley / drums

- Garth Watt-Roy / clarinet, vocals

Releases information

CD Repertoire - REP4139
CD Akarma - AK263

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STEAMHAMMER Speech ratings distribution

(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(35%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(15%)
Good, but non-essential (32%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

STEAMHAMMER Speech reviews

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Review by Sean Trane
2 stars Steamhammer's last album was a posthumous release if memory serves me well asa the group had disintegrated by then. The general sound is a lot like the preceeding Mountains album , full of guitar riffs/works .

Do not be fooled by the lenght of these three tracks, nothing to do with lenghty prog epics. Actually this album has little to do with prog, IMHO! There is virtuosity present on this album as this is full of guitar histrionics.

Although this album is highly touted by collectors , IMHO, it is best to avoid it unless you are a confirmed fan of Steamhammer.

Review by stefro
2 stars Steamhammer's fourth-and-final album proves to be both their most progressive but also their weakest. Virtually instrumental, 'Speech' eschews the group's earthy blues-prog style in favour of three lengthy, drawn-out, metallic tracks that features none of the funky gusto evident on their previous three albums. The lack of vocals is a genuine surprise, as Kieran White's gruff, yearning tones were an important part of the group's make-up, but it's the total lack of inspiration or catchy melodies that is really noticeable. 'Speech' was recorded and released after original drummer Mick Bradley had died, and for the rest of the group the spark had simply gone, which would explain the going-through-the-motions feel that drenches the album. Maybe they should have stuck to their original bluesy sound and not gone for the bold new prog-rock sound, maybe they should have called it a day after the excellent 'Mountains'. Whatever your view there is no doubting that 'Speech' is a poor end for a once-great band who deserved a better swansong than this. 'Speech' is, simply put, strictly for Steamhammer completionists only. STEFAN TURNER, LONDON, 2010

Latest members reviews

5 stars Finally, finally after 45 years is this album is starting to be given its just due. For me it's the most underrated album of all time. I first heard it in about 1987 (I was in kindergarden when it came out) and thought, "wow." Well I am still going "wow." The reason I feel that Steamham ... (read more)

Report this review (#1817221) | Posted by steamhammeralltheway | Sunday, October 29, 2017 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Steamhammer's fourth record "Speech" was a different thing for me to review. It was released in 1972 and has a cool and artistic cover, presumably taking place somewhere in space. And it was space I got some thoughts about when I heard this form of music. I located it somewhere between blues r ... (read more)

Report this review (#976413) | Posted by DrömmarenAdrian | Wednesday, June 12, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars How it is that this indescribably PHENOMENAL quintessential prog-rock album has only been reviewed by 4 other people is absolutely astonishing, especially considering that this site is taylor made for prog-aficianatos. What's even more bewildering is that 3 of these individuals who DID actuall ... (read more)

Report this review (#952512) | Posted by ralphcat | Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars It 's something different . This could be a Mick Bradley's prelude . Listening to the album, you may, easily realize, that Mick Bradley should be among the 5 best Rock drummers .The song "Penumbra" was the prototype of Armageddon 's "Buzzurd"...In fac,t Armageddon just copied "Penumbra" . Th ... (read more)

Report this review (#56552) | Posted by Happy Loss | Wednesday, November 16, 2005 | Review Permanlink

1 stars Hughes Chantraine is right. "Mountains" was a posthumous album, released shortly after Mick Bradley's death by leukemia. In fact "Speech" is a very poor album, with lenghty although disjointed tracks (sometimes it seems that they recorded independent pieces of music, then gathered all together ... (read more)

Report this review (#41902) | Posted by M. B. Zapelini | Sunday, August 7, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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