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Atomic Rooster


Heavy Prog

3.61 | 148 ratings

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4 stars "Atomic Rooster" was the first album that started it all off for the ROOST and marks IMHO their best. Based on the mantle of Rhythm and blues , this album took blues based prog rock in a new direction with psychedelic and Canterbury leanings. The line up for this debut album was Nick Graham (bass, guitar, flute and vocals), Vincent Crane (organ) and a very young Carl Palmer (percussion)... (Crane and Palmer were first paired together during their tenure in ARTHUR BROWN'S CRAZY WORLD). Musically this album fits really no specific categorization but I guess you would call this Psych-Canterbury" school and is really a mix of the work of bands like "EGG", "CARAVAN" , "GRAVY TRAIN" , "VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR" , "PINK FLOYD" and even "COLOSSEUM".

"Atomic Rooster" contains orchestration , cello, strings as well as a heavy doze of acid laced guitar and Hammond pounding with the sophisticated drumming of Palmer (who would after this album exit for a long standing career with ELP). Clearly one of my personal favs from the ROOST and another essential album from a historic progressive perspective.

loserboy | 4/5 |


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