Tempest (UK band)

Tempest was a British progressive rock[1] band active from 1973 to 1974. Its core members were Jon Hiseman on drums and Mark Clarke on bass. They released two studio albums before breaking up.


Hiseman and Clarke had played in Colosseum together and formed Tempest at the beginning of 1973.[2] For the band's first, eponymous album (originally called Jon Hiseman's Tempest), the line-up was completed by Allan Holdsworth on guitar and Paul Williams[3][4] on vocals and keyboards.

Later in Tempest's brief history, they were joined by Ollie Halsall, who had played guitar with progressive rock band Patto. With two guitarists, the group played a number of shows beginning with a June 1973 show at Golders Green Hippodrome, London, which was broadcast by the BBC and later released as a bootleg erroneously entitled Live in London 1974.[5] By the time a second album was recorded, 1974's Living in Fear, Tempest was down to a trio, consisting of Hiseman, Clarke, and Halsall; reportedly Holdsworth didn't want to play alongside a second guitarist.[6] The band broke up soon after.

In 2007, a double CD anthology was released entitled Under the Blossom which featured remastered editions of the two studio albums, two previously unreleased studio tracks from the Living in Fear era and the BBC live recording of the June 1973 concert at Golders Green with the two guitar line-up.



Studio album by
RecordedLondon, October–November 1972
ProducerJon Hiseman

Side 1:

  1. "Gorgon" (Hiseman/Clarke/Holdsworth) – 5:41
  2. "Foyers of Fun" (Hiseman/Clarke/Holdsworth) – 3:38
  3. "Dark House" (Hiseman/Clarke/Holdsworth) – 5:00
  4. "Brothers" (Hiseman/Holdsworth) – 3:35

Side 2:

  1. "Up and On" (John Edwards/Holdsworth) – 4:16
  2. "Grey and Black" (Clarke/Suzy Bottomley) – 2:26
  3. "Strangeher" (Clarke/Hiseman) – 4:07
  4. "Upon Tomorrow" (Clem Clempson/Hiseman) – 6:15

Personnel [7]

Living in Fear

Living in Fear
Studio album by
RecordedLondon, October–November 1973
ProducerGerry Bron

Side 1:

  1. "Funeral Empire" (Halsall) – 4:25
  2. "Paperback Writer" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 2:30
  3. "Stargazer" (Clarke/Bottomley) – 3:36
  4. "Dance to My Tune" (Clarke/Bottomley) – 7:50

Side 2:

  1. "Living in Fear" (Halsall) – 4:19
  2. "Yeah Yeah Yeah" (Halsall/Hiseman) – 3:40
  3. "Waiting for a Miracle" (Halsall) – 5:18
  4. "Turn Around" (Clarke/Bottomley) – 6:12

Personnel [8]

Under the Blossom (double CD anthology)

Disc 1:

  1. "Gorgon"
  2. "Foyers of Fun"
  3. "Dark House"
  4. "Brothers"
  5. "Up and On"
  6. "Grey and Black"
  7. "Strangeher"
  8. "Upon Tomorrow"
  9. "Funeral Empire"
  10. "Paperback Writer"
  11. "Stargazer"
  12. "Dance to My Tune"
  13. "Living in Fear"
  14. "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah"
  15. "Waiting for a Miracle"
  16. "Turn Around"

Disc 2:

  1. "You and Your Love" (previously unreleased)
  2. "Dream Train" (previously unreleased)
  3. "Foyers of Fun" (BBC In Concert)
  4. "Gorgon" (BBC In Concert)
  5. "Up and On" (BBC In Concert)
  6. "Grey and Black" (BBC In Concert)
  7. "Brothers" (BBC In Concert)
  8. "Drums Away" (BBC In Concert)
  9. "Strangeher" (BBC In Concert)


  1. "Virtuoso Guitarist Brings Monster Group To Oakland". KTVU. 4 January 2010. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  2. Carr, Digby Fairweather, Brian Priestley, Ian (2004). The rough guide to jazz. Rough Guides. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-84353-256-9.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. http://paulwilliams-uk.com/ Paul Williams, British singer official website
  4. Paul Williams discography at Discogs
  5. "Tempest- Live in london 1974". Retrieved 16 April 2011.
  6. Bennett, Graham (2005). Soft machine: out-bloody-rageous. SAF. p. 267. ISBN 978-0-946719-84-6.
  7. Tempest lp [liner notes].
  8. Living in Fear lp [liner notes].
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