Artist: Tempest
Label: Island Records
Catalog#: ILPS 9220
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1973-01
A1 Gorgon 5:41
A2 Foyers Of Fun 3:38
A3 Dark House 5:00
A4 Brothers 3:35
B1 Up And On 4:18
B2 Grey And Black 2:26

Vocals - Mark Clarke

B3 Strangeher 4:07
B4 Upon Tomorrow 6:15

Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards - Paul Williams (10)
Artwork By [Cover Paintings] - Mati Klarwein
Bass Guitar, Keyboards - Mark Clarke
Design [Cover And Logo] - Fabio Nicoli
Drums, Percussion - Jon Hiseman
Engineer - Denny Bridges
Engineer - John Punter
Guitar, Violin - Allan Holdsworth
Photography - Fin Costello
Producer - Jon Hiseman
Vocals - Allan Holdsworth
Vocals - Paul Williams (10)
Words By - John Edwards
Words By - Jon Hiseman
Words By - Susie Bottomley
Written-By - Allan Holdsworth
Written-By - Clem Clempson
Written-By - John Edwards
Written-By - Jon Hiseman
Written-By - Mark Clarke
Written-By - Susie Bottomley


Recorded in London october, november 1972 at Air London Recording Studios.
℗ 1973.
Comes in 1½ gatefold with lyrics on dustbag.

Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Following Colosseum's demise after their US tour in 1971, drummer Jon Hiseman retained bassist Mark Clarke for his next project: the considerably hard-rocking Tempest. With Paul Williams providing lead vocals, the ace in the hole was guitarist Allan Holdsworth. He had previously played in 'Igginbottom, a band that recorded an obscure (and unexciting) album for Deram Records in 1969, and had just played on Ian Carr's Belladonna album. Their self-titled debut, Tempest, opens with "Gorgon," revealing the band's heavy mix of blues and rock. Williams has a strong but not necessarily original voice: The track owes more than a passing reference to Jimi Hendrix (both guitar and voice). However, Holdsworth's "Up and On" is more interesting, allowing the guitarist's distinctive technique to shine. Clarke handles all of the vocals for his "Grey and Black," with Williams switching to keyboards. "Strangeher" is a straight-up swinger, with some impressive guitar from Holdsworth; but the album's closing number, "Upon Tomorrow," is the standout. Written with Clem Clempson, the angle is much more progressive. Clarke and Hiseman are a powerful rhythm section; but unfortunately, the material doesn't always live up to their promise. Not to be missed, however, is a session for BBC Radio 1's Pop Spectacular from June 1973; it's a legato slugfest between Holdsworth and second guitarist Ollie Halsall, who joined Tempest just days before! Reduced to a trio, Hiseman, Clarke and Halsall would perform at 1973's Reading festival, opening for Genesis. Holdsworth would next join drummer Tony Williams—first for the unreleased Wildlife recordings (also with Jack Bruce), and then on to the New Lifetime proper in 1975 for a pair of fusion albums.
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