is an album by Peter Hammill
, originally released on Charisma Records
in September 1979. It was Hammill's 8th solo album and his last release on the Charisma label.
The song "Porton Down" refers to the Porton Down
military research facility in Wiltshire, England, while the lyrics of "Imperial Walls" are a translation of the first few lines of the Anglo-Saxon poem, "The Ruin
The song "Not For Keith" is a tribute to Keith Ellis
, a former member of the band Van der Graaf Generator
, who had then died just recently.
"Cover note: The photographs were all taken late at night in NYC. As we left Dan's place in search of a cab Graham and I ran into some trouble from which, frankly, we were lucky to escape..." .
All tracks by Peter Hammill, except where noted.
- "My Favourite"
- "Porton Down"
- "Mirror Images"
- "Handicap and Equality"
- "Not For Keith"
- "The Old School Tie"
- "Time For A Change" (Chris Judge Smith, Steve Robshaw)
- "Imperial Walls"
- "Mr X (Gets Tense)"
- "Faculty X"
In 2006, the album was remastered and expanded, adding alternative versions of "Mr X (Gets Tense)" and "Faculty X" recorded for John Peel
's BBC Radio 1 programme as well as a fresh sleeve note by Hammill.