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THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN having disintegrated after their sole album and their worldwide hit Fire (I am the god of hellfire) Vincent Crane (responsible for the music of that album) and Carl Palmer founded ATOMIC ROOSTER with Nick Graham on bass and vocals. This line-up soon disintegrated (Palmer abandoning them to join ELP), Crane contacted guitarist John DuCann formerly of psych bands THE ATTACK and ANDROMEDA and Paul Hammond on drums to make a seminal early Heavy Metal masterpiece "Death Walks Behind You" and then they hired Pete French, the incredible voice to make their finest album "In Hearing Of...". Most people would agree that this was the better line-up of ROOSTER but the mood was always stormy between Crane and DuCann so they disbanded at the release of the third album. Vincent Crane, always prone to depressions, had to start from scratch again and hired superb vocalist Chris Farlowe (ex-COLOSSEUM) and other men to make another fine album "Made In England" and finally "Nice and Greasy". Those last album are often over-looked by progheads being categorized as funk but this is hardly the case even if the superb use of a horn section on a third of the tracks add a lot of depth to their music. Their most popular hits (they did not spit at the singles market made often reference to the devil or Satan but the general mood was not Satanist as they have been so often categorized along with BLACK SABBATH and BLACK WIDOW. Crane would re-form his band along the years when his health permitted it until his death in 89.

ATOMIC ROOSTER is highly recommended to everyone looking for Hammond organ-driven rock of the early 70's but to anyone looking for high-energy prog. It is responsible for some of the all-time best hard-rock albums and should figure in all collection (you should hide a copy of "In Hearing Of ...." in your grandma's collection just for kicks.

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1970 - Atomic Rooster (B&C 1970)
1970 - Death Walks Behind You (B&C 1970)
1971 - In Hearing Of (Pegasus 1971)
1972 - Made In England 'Space Cowboy' (Dawn 1972)
1973 - Nice 'n' Greasy 'IV' (Dawn 1973)
1974 - Assortment (comp.) (B&C 1974)
1977 - Home To Roost (comp.) (Mooncrest 1977)
1977 - This Is Atomic Rooster (comp.)
1980 - Atomic Rooster (EMI 1980)
1983 - Head...
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HomeworkHomework
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ATOMIC ROOSTER discography


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ATOMIC ROOSTER top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.60 | 123 ratings
Atomic Roooster
1970
3.82 | 171 ratings
Death Walks Behind You
1970
3.72 | 118 ratings
In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster
1971
3.68 | 72 ratings
Made In England
1972
2.81 | 51 ratings
Nice 'n' Greasy
1973
3.15 | 23 ratings
Atomic Rooster '80
1980
2.98 | 28 ratings
Headline News
1983

ATOMIC ROOSTER Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.91 | 4 ratings
BBC Radio 1 in Concert
1993
3.00 | 1 ratings
Devil's Answer
1998
3.00 | 3 ratings
Live And Raw 1970 & 71
2000

ATOMIC ROOSTER Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.64 | 7 ratings
Atomic Rooster
2003
3.00 | 2 ratings
The Ultimate Anthology
2004

ATOMIC ROOSTER Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.18 | 6 ratings
Assortment
1974
3.30 | 5 ratings
Home to Roost
1977
1.00 | 1 ratings
This Is Atomic Rooster
1977
2.05 | 3 ratings
Lose Your Mind
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Atomic Rooster
1987
3.36 | 5 ratings
The Devil Hits Back
1989
3.28 | 8 ratings
The Best & The Rest Of Atomic Rooster
1989
1.91 | 2 ratings
Space Cowboy
1991
3.50 | 4 ratings
The First 10 Explosive Years
1999
2.33 | 3 ratings
Best of Atomic Rooster, Vol. 1-2
1999
3.09 | 4 ratings
Rarities
2000
3.00 | 2 ratings
First 10 Explosive Years, Vol. 2
2001
2.00 | 1 ratings
The Ultimate Chicken Meltdown
2002
3.68 | 5 ratings
Heavy Soul: Anthology
2002
4.00 | 1 ratings
Resurrection
2002
3.48 | 4 ratings
The Best Of Atomic Rooster
2003
3.91 | 2 ratings
The Devil's Answer
2003
0.00 | 0 ratings
Rebel With A Clause ("The First 10 Explosive Years"/ "Headline News" remastered
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Essential Atomic Rooster
2006
5.00 | 1 ratings
Devil's Answer - The Singles Collection
2006
2.75 | 4 ratings
Homework
2008
3.50 | 2 ratings
Anthology 1969-81
2009

ATOMIC ROOSTER Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.95 | 2 ratings
Tomorrow Night
1970
2.91 | 3 ratings
Friday The 13th
1970
2.95 | 2 ratings
Devil's Answer
1971
2.00 | 1 ratings
Stand By Me
1972
2.00 | 2 ratings
Do You Know Who's Looking For You ?
1980
2.92 | 5 ratings
Play It Again 12''
1981
4.73 | 2 ratings
End Of The Day (12")
1982

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  Play It Again 12'' by ATOMIC ROOSTER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1981
2.92 | 5 ratings

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Play It Again 12''
Atomic Rooster Heavy Prog

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Atomic Rooster was a trio when this gem "Play It Again" was released. Vincent was still a powerhouse keyboardist, John still sung with passion and played that axe with zeal, and drummer Preston slammed the skins with admirable force. The 12 inch vinyl is an oddity and flies by swiftly with only one track on side one and 2 on side two played at 45rpm. I grabbed the vinyl at a second hand market as it sat between some Abba and ACDC albums and jumped into my hands. The cover art is typically garish and is actually identical to the compilation that was available toward the end of the naughty nineties. The nudity and sorcery would be enough to sell it I guess, but I was more impressed that it was available for only $2.50 and not scratched.

Well, I had to indulge and when I played it I knew it was the heavier side of the band. Play It Again is a guitar rocker with some great hooks and decent singing. Start To Live is a slammer with the raucous speed and guitar bashing of John, accompanied by staccato keyboard played viciously by Vincent. It is always great to hear Devil's Answer, and this live version is a belter. The roar of the crowd can be heard especially at the end of it.

Overall the recording is high quality even on my scratchy record player. It was worth picking up and I recommend it to the prog faithful who admire the heavy prog of Atomic Rooster.

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 In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster by ATOMIC ROOSTER album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.72 | 118 ratings

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In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster
Atomic Rooster Heavy Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars Given that Atomic Rooster had a single in the charts, the classic "Devil's Answer" (written by singer/guitarist John Cann), it might seem strange that band leader Vincent Crane invited Paul French to join the band as singer. Pete's first job was to re-record all of the vocals for 'In Hearing Of', at which time Vincent sacked John who left, taking with him drummer Paul Hammond. The result was an album being released, but with only two band members still there. There had been a clash caused by John's love of hard rock, and Vincent wanting to take the band in a different direction. It wasn't the last time that Vincent showed who was boss.

Pete was a different type of singer to John (as can be heard on the American version of "Devil's Answer", included here as one of the bonus cuts, where Pete again overdubbed his vocals onto John's), while Vincent wanted the music to be less hard rock and much more keyboard based. In fact, he removed many of John's guitar parts from the recordings. The album itself is very consistent, and gives an inkling of what the band might have achieved if they had stayed together and if they had decided to consolidate the home market before embarking on breaking the States, but it wasn't meant to be. The booklet goes a long way to trying to make sense of what was troubled times for the band, with lots of quotes from Pete himself. The band toured with Ric Parnell (later in Spinal Tap, believe it or not!) back in the band on drums, and guitarist Steve Bolton, but Pete French was quickly disillusioned with the whole thing and accepted an invitation to join Cactus.

Originally appeared in Feedback #79, May 2004

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 First 10 Explosive Years, Vol. 2 by ATOMIC ROOSTER album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2001
3.00 | 2 ratings

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First 10 Explosive Years, Vol. 2
Atomic Rooster Heavy Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars This is the second (and apparently final) compilation of rare songs put together by John Du Cann featuring the Du Cann, Vincent Crane and Paul Hammond line-up. They were a great live band, certainly the best act I saw on the college circuit, and the booklet is interesting, with some great photos. But, there is hardly any information on the source of the music! Anoraks like me need to know where the songs originate from on collections like these. It was only on reading the press release that I discovered that "Broken Window" was the last ever song recorded by this line-up.

The result is an album that annoyingly sits between two areas. It is fascinating for the fan, but they would like to know more, yet there are not enough versions of well known numbers to attract the casual listener. A shame, as musically this album shows how powerful a unit they could be with the Hammond organ and drums driving Du Cann further on both guitar and vocals. Less waffle about how great they were and more data about the songs please!

Originally appeared in Feedback #64, Oct 01

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 Rarities by ATOMIC ROOSTER album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
3.09 | 4 ratings

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Rarities
Atomic Rooster Heavy Prog

Review by kev rowland
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3 stars It does exactly what it says on the tin! This is an album comprised solely of unreleased or rare versions with some demos and radio ads thrown in for good measure. However, although this is obviously aimed at the hard-core fan, there are some real gems that show even to the uninitiated that here was a band that never really fulfilled their potential. Listen to the live in the studio version of "Death Walks Behind You" from 1981, and be impressed with the sheer power.

There is even the original demo version of "Devil's Answer" from 1970, with a young Mr. Palmer on drums. The ads were for American radio, and sound quite funny and extremely dated. Their last 'hit' was "Play It Again" and the demo is also on here from 1981.

Overall an interesting compilation that shows just a little of what this fine band were all about. An excellent booklet, as one would expect from Angel Air, which makes this a 'must purchase' for the fan.

Originally appeared in Feedback #61, Feb 2001

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 Live And Raw 1970 & 71 by ATOMIC ROOSTER album cover Live, 2000
3.00 | 3 ratings

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Live And Raw 1970 & 71
Atomic Rooster Heavy Prog

Review by kev rowland
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3 stars While the sound quality of this CD may not be the best in the world there are plenty of warnings, both in the title and the booklet. What is important is that the first half of the CD contains four live cuts from the line up which included Carl Palmer on drums, and these are the only live recordings known to exist from that era. Recorded at the Paris Theatre with Mr. John Peel introducing each number, and giving the fans some history, such as the fact that John Du Cann had only been in the band a month. All of these four songs are interesting but to me the highlight must be the instrumental "Gershatser" which contains some great Hammond Organ from Vincent Crane, but also a drum solo from Carl. This is how ELP would have sounded if they had become a hard rock band. By the time that Rooster returned to the Paris Theatre a year later Carl had left to join some other guys, and he was replaced by Paul Hammond. This is a very different sounding band, as John had by now removed a lot of the jazz influences and had made them very much a hard rock band. Of the four songs, one is "Tomorrow Night", which was their second biggest hit.

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 End Of The Day (12 Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
4.73 | 2 ratings

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End Of The Day (12")
Atomic Rooster Heavy Prog

Review by presdoug

5 stars This Atomic Rooster EP is unfortunately overlooked and under the radar for a lot of fans of the group, and that is definitely a mistake-for fans of the classic period of the band, this record is a dream come true.

In 1980, Atomic Rooster, now with guitarist John du Cann back in the fold, released an exciting album known as "Atomic Rooster 80", and it was a great hard rocking effort, exhibiting that no holds barred Rooster sound akin in some ways to the Death Walks Behind You music. It was not really that promoted or known by fans, with the result a vote mainly of indifference. While a group like Budgie rode the tide of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal in a successful way, AR did not, perhaps even though they had a hard rocking side to their sound, their credentials were more progressive than Budgie, and with the result that fans did not turn out in droves to see them in the early 80s during the UK heavy metal upsurge.

An unfortunate misconception is that Rooster, as the eighties progressed, were at a low ebb, musically, perhaps because their weakest effort, 83's Headline News album, was the one that was on the radar for a lot of people. In between 1980 and 1983, the band produced a couple of EPs on Polydor, the second of which is End Of The Day from 1982.

The result is a totally different sound than Headline News, and even an improvement on the 1980 album. End Of The Day has three songs, and for the first time on record again is the lineup that produced the Death Walks Behind You album, Crane, du Cann, and Paul Hammond (but with guest bassist Big John McCoy added). For fans of the classic Death Walks sound, this EP has everything you could wish for-an exciting, gutsy groove, Du Cann and Crane playing together, and playing off each other in that inimitable Rooster fashion with Hammond's heavy drum beat in the background. Du Cann does the vocals in that no holds barred way of his that is so infectious and keeps you glued to the song at hand.

After side one's End Of The Day track is side two's Living Underground, and a real treat, a new recording of the classic Rooster hit Tomorrow Night- the band are in such fine form, and rock your socks off in the process!

This is everything appealing about Atomic Rooster, but with an updated, improved production, though never loosing that gutsy, in your face appeal. A perfect record for those who think the band had lost it's way in later times, and once you hear this, i guarantee you will have found your way! Five stars

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 In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster by ATOMIC ROOSTER album cover Studio Album, 1971
3.72 | 118 ratings

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In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster
Atomic Rooster Heavy Prog

Review by FragileKings

3 stars I kept reading the name Atomic Rooster as I read reviews on this site and I finally figured that I had to check them out. I vacillated between buying Death Walks Behind You and In Hearing of, and in the end it was the song Head in the Sky that made me choose because one reviewer had noticed that the style was like a prototype of Wolfmother and I love their music, so I was intrigued.

By now, my prog explorations had taken me to Yes, Genesis, Rush, ELP, and the bands I already had in my collection, such as Deep Purple and Uriah Heep. I was developing a notion of how progressive rock should sound: complicated rhythm changes and odd time signatures, virtuosic playing of all instruments including bass and keyboards, songs over 10 minutes long, lyrics on a more enlightened level than just sex, cars and the life of a drifter or a criminal. A first listen though, I can't say this album really blew me away. Some of the songs just seemed too much like ordinary early seventies rock.

After a few more spins and some specific digging I found that some of the progressive elements I had sought were indeed there. On tracks like Breakthrough and A Spoonful of Bromide there are some interesting classical piano parts that add colour to the standard slightly funky or jazzy hard rock sound as well as some cool drumming with tricky rhythm. There is also the brass in the instrumental The Rock, which would figure more strongly on the Made in England album. And Head in the Sky indeed sounds like the grandfather of Wolfmother except it begins with some atrocious guitar playing in a flood of distortion in a very lame attempt to impress that this song is going to be a wild one.

There are other things about the album that don't really impress me. Pete French's guttural Joe Cocker-like voice doesn't appeal to me, sounding rather like a non-prog band's vocalist. Break the Ice is a catchy rock number but the bum-ba-de-dum keyboard repeating throughout the song has me wanting something more Emmerson/Wakeman/Lord-like. The guitar never really goes above standard rock either. I can't say any of the solos impressed me much and there is little in the way of inspiring riffs. Most of the guitar riffs also sound very mundane to me. Perhaps Messieurs Alex Lifeson, Steve Howe and Steve Hackett who have spent so much time recently in my ear buds have spoiled me for more standard playing.

In conclusion, I find this to be a pretty good rock album and at least three of the tracks are finding themselves selected for mixed playlists. But I can't say I can rate this highly as a prog album. Maybe I am missing something? Maybe I'll find it eventually.

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 Headline News by ATOMIC ROOSTER album cover Studio Album, 1983
2.98 | 28 ratings

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Headline News
Atomic Rooster Heavy Prog

Review by Andrea Cortese
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars This is the seventh and final effort of Atomic Rooster, the musical testament of Vincent Crane (who sadly died few years after its release) and in fact the album is generally regarded as a solo effort by Crane.

The album sounds like a cross between later Pink Floyd (it even features the collaboration of David Gilmour) and Hawkwind with the addition of 80s electro-rock (or is that new wave influence?) that sounds today a little bit dated. The general mood is far from what this band has accustomed us to in the early seventies. However the songs are far from awful: Crane's playing is haunting (he even provides vocals); he probably was on a creative high at that time. The only negative remark is that new wave type of sound that weakens the whole impact of the record.

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 Death Walks Behind You by ATOMIC ROOSTER album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.82 | 171 ratings

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Death Walks Behind You
Atomic Rooster Heavy Prog

Review by Andrea Cortese
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This is one of the most important prog records: dark, brooding and heavy with keyboards of Vincent Crane in evidence. It is often referred as the missing link between DEEP PURPLE and EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER.

It is also referred as the best offering by Atomic Rooster. The title track balances all the ingredients perfectly while "Tomorrow Night" provided an excellent hit single (UK # 11) that helped the album to established itself in the higher rankings of the charts. "VUG" showcases the amazing keyboard playing skills of Crane while "Nobody Else" discloses an unespected melancholic ballad. "Seven Lonely Streets" is probably the most complete and exciting number with dominating electric guitar (as in "Sleeping for Years").

All in all a wonderful record that is better not to be missed.

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 Death Walks Behind You by ATOMIC ROOSTER album cover Studio Album, 1970
3.82 | 171 ratings

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Death Walks Behind You
Atomic Rooster Heavy Prog

Review by Prog Sothoth
Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars Out of the proggy bands releasing two albums in 1970, I can't think a band that changed so much in sound like these guys did between those albums in the same year. Their first album was basically keyboard-led jazzy prog rock with little to no guitars. This follow-up brings the guitar heaviness to the fore, resulting in a band that essentially is juggling progressive rock with workingman's hard & heavy rock. They largely succeed here by sticking to their strengths and not going overboard in either direction. The instrumentals, while being showcases for the players, don't feel like structureless noodling; it's all tightly composed with a rough edge to keep the non-proggy fans interested. Straight up rockers like "Tomorrow Night" have enough of a prog sensibility in their sound (I dig the opening piano melody) to set themselves apart from your typical barroom brawlin' band.

The overall sound of the band leans more towards Deep Purple than Black Sabbath, but with a more sustained Hammond organ focus while not overshadowing the guitar. The vocals aren't gonna knock yer socks off, but they get the job done within its range and actually work quite effectively during the title track, which is one bad mutha. Prog influences also show up for numbers like the mellow but ultra cool "Nobody Else", although that opening backwards blabbering is a bit of an annoyance.

This was the right thing to do to keep the band alive. Vincent Crane didn't waste time finding replacements for the drums, and getting a loud guitar into the mix gave Atomic Rooster some added cojones. The drumming and guitar playing is, by the way, excellent. Hammond (the drummer, not the instrument) is more of a straightforward basher than Palmer, but it works perfectly within the context of these songs, and even though I'm no fan of drum solos, I actually kind of like his solo during "Gershatzer".

When I think of 'atomic' I think of something powerful and potentially destructive beyond belief, and when I think of 'rooster' i think of something screaming and waking up dazed families at the crack of dawn. This album is where the band lived up to their name.

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