Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band


In 1974 The Sensational Alex Harvey Band went into the studio to record their third album and had hired Shel Talmy as producer.

Talmy had in the 60’s been the producer for the early Kinks and Who output and it was believed by the band that he would bring a hard hitting melodic edge to the SAHB music.

On completion the group felt that the end product had not delivered on their expectations and instead of giving the band extra power much of the material had been steered down a softer avenue with brass and girlie backing vocals diluting rather than enhancing the bands sound.

As usual Talmy ran off back to the States with the tapes in the huff (as he did with The Who and The Small Faces when both bands clocked on early that Talmy wanted them to toe the line to his sound rather than develop their own} and as such the album lay unissued until late last year when agreement was reached with the remaining members of the band and Talmy for a release.

The album is a historical cross roads for the band and will be of great interest to SAHB fans.


The eventual third album “The Impossible Dream” featured many of the original songs include in “Hot City” but in amended form and became a classic that the original concept cannot match.


“Tomahawk Kid” from Hot City

“Vambo” from Hot City


April 2, 2009 - Posted by | Old Music, Video


  1. Just rare.

    Comment by bigrab | April 2, 2009 | Reply

  2. Nice one.

    This is a really well put together release. These versions of the tracks we know and love from The Impossible Dream are obviously still not fully formed with key elements missing. I would liken it to seeing the Queen without her handbag or Rolf Harris sans moustache.

    Having said that it still rocks harder than a lot of newer stuff.

    Vambo still rool.

    Good to see my “motivational” graphic too. Where did you find it?

    Comment by The Tomahawk Kid | April 2, 2009 | Reply

    • Thanks for dropping by, I agree with your comments.

      As for the graphics I googled looking for some good original SAHB photos, not many to be found but your graphics worked so well visually and in the use of “sensational”

      There are plenty of pictures of the “new” SAHB which look pretty scary, can’t say I like the idea of what they are doing and on a similar level I don’t like the concept of Paul Rodgers singing with “Queen” either.

      Comment by thehelplessdancer | April 3, 2009 | Reply

  3. Alex Harvey was a friend of the former owner of the Cutty Sark in Dumbarton’s High Street. Big Rab will remember Peter Goes to Partick playing there in the early eighties and I think it was during their first gig there, shortly after Hugh Jordan took over the pub, that Alex was down for a few pints. He was good company and enjoyed his visit.

    Comment by Tommy C | April 3, 2009 | Reply

    • I remember Peter Goes To Partick very well….nutters!….but good!

      Comment by thehelplessdancer | April 3, 2009 | Reply

  4. I used to DJ at the Cutty Sark at that time and knew Hugh Jordan very well. I think he knew Alex through Eddie Tobin.

    Comment by bigrab | April 3, 2009 | Reply

  5. I actually mentioned the “poster” to TK on the phone last night and he said “I did that!”

    Aye Peter Goes to Partick – great name but not as great as Hugh Reed and the Velvet Underpants.

    Comment by bigrab | April 3, 2009 | Reply

  6. Thanks for posting. I must buy this album!

    Comment by Gordon | April 16, 2009 | Reply

    • Do so you won’t be disappointed.

      Thanks for dropping in.


      Comment by thehelplessdancer | April 16, 2009 | Reply

  7. Hi i was wondering if you could tell me how to get ahold of that Sensational *inspirational|* poster or a high res print file.


    Comment by Jesse | September 6, 2010 | Reply

    • Sorry nae idea, you could try googling it.

      Thanks for dropping in.


      Comment by thehelplessdancer | September 6, 2010 | Reply

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