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Topic: Atomic Rooster is underrated
Posted By: Procol Harum Machine
Subject: Atomic Rooster is underrated
Date Posted: January 24 2010 at 08:53
I mean, listen to this:

[TUBE]zVf7SG1-DGg[/TUBE]

This great band is so overlooked, so lets give them so appreciation! Big smile


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Posted By: harmonium.ro
Date Posted: January 24 2010 at 09:03
The video doesn't work, can you please post the link?

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Posted By: Procol Harum Machine
Date Posted: January 24 2010 at 09:26


Can do!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVf7SG1-DGg - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVf7SG1-DGg


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Posted By: Raff
Date Posted: January 24 2010 at 09:40
They're not underrated in this house - both Micky (my husband) and I are big fans of the band, especially their wonderful Death Walks Behind You (and In Hearing of is none too shabby either). I also reviewed Death... some time ago, and you're welcome to read what I had to say about it. 


Posted By: harmonium.ro
Date Posted: January 24 2010 at 09:49
Originally posted by Procol Harum Machine



Can do!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVf7SG1-DGg - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVf7SG1-DGg


Thanks! Pretty awesome, yeah. Cool


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Posted By: himtroy
Date Posted: January 24 2010 at 10:05
I think their first album is amazing, however after Palmer left and they added the guitarist and singer I lost interest.  I like the trio with Vincent singing much more.


Posted By: whydontyoueatcarrots
Date Posted: January 24 2010 at 15:20
I certainly wouldn't call them underrated, especially compared to most prog bands. Atomic Rooster is one of those bands I can play at work (used CD store) and almost every time, somebody gets excited that I'm playing it. Mostly knowing someone my age, 26... not too young but still, rocks the rooster.

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Posted By: presdoug
Date Posted: February 02 2010 at 17:15
I have always felt Rooster to be underrated. They have been astounding me with their music for decades, and they are just as good as the really big names, in some cases better(than Yes, Genesis and Pink Floyd) There is an inimitable way that they combine keyboard and guitar, and Paul Hammond was always a really capable drummer. That such a great band is underrated is not surprising, really-this kind of thing happens a heckuva lot in the music business.It is a shame.


Posted By: The Quiet One
Date Posted: February 02 2010 at 22:05
Great band, their first two are essential for any 70's hard rock and hammond-organ fan.

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Posted By: jammun
Date Posted: February 02 2010 at 22:51
I don't think they're underrated by those who somehow remember the band.  I think they do tend to get overlooked or lost in the crowd.

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Posted By: TODDLER
Date Posted: February 03 2010 at 09:14
My favorite will always be 'In Hearing Of". Pete French who later sang with Cactus, was my favorite singer with the band. The entire album has consistency in the area of writing. Now that I'm older, I have a difficult time enjoying "Death Walks Behind You". There is a piano improvisation solo on the track "Breathless" from Made In England which just blows me away! Vincent Crane's left hand syncopation on that solo is just flippin' beautiful. He really didn't have many complimenting viewpoints about Keith Emerson in the Heavy Soul bio booklet. It may have had more to do with Atomic Rooster losing Carl Palmer to ELP. Vincent Crane may have been emotionally charged over that experience, who knows? I have read up on his interest in witchcraft and if what the books say is true, then it explains a great deal about his creativeness in composing dark rock songs with errie atmospheres. It was a plus for sure. The errie sounding piano was jazzy and rock out with darkscape progressions. Lucifer's Friend came close to that level of writing on "Where the Groupies Killed the Blues" but Vincent Crane ruled the kingdom as far as I'm concerned.

I remember going the distance and purchasing Headline News and various other titles. Some tracks were actually very good. Maybe not as consistent like the early titles but worthy for a listen. The first album I did not prefer because of the vocalist. However, the piece...."Winter" which is sung by Crane is very reminiscent of an old Gentle Giant tune. He sings a bit like Shulman and with the writing style of the song, it could almost be placed on the self-titled Gentle Giant album. Though Atomic Rooster were very original in style.  


Posted By: presdoug
Date Posted: February 03 2010 at 15:46
My favourites are the ones with John du Cann.
                     In the late 1980s in downtown Ottawa, Canada, i happened upon Made In England guitarist Steve Bolton-in a business suit and with a briefcase. It was a shocker-in Ottawa!!
                He looked in a hurry to go somewhere, so i did not introduce myself-something i will always remember, though.


Posted By: J-Man
Date Posted: February 03 2010 at 15:54
I really need to check these guys at some point. I've liked what I've heard so far...

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Posted By: TODDLER
Date Posted: February 03 2010 at 19:07
Originally posted by presdoug

My favourites are the ones with John du Cann.
                     In the late 1980s in downtown Ottawa, Canada, i happened upon Made In England guitarist Steve Bolton-in a business suit and with a briefcase. It was a shocker-in Ottawa!!
                He looked in a hurry to go somewhere, so i did not introduce myself-something i will always remember, though.
Wow! That is really strange.


Posted By: Alberto Muñoz
Date Posted: February 19 2010 at 13:59
Great band specially the first four albums

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Posted By: The Doctor
Date Posted: February 19 2010 at 14:28
I really love Death Walks Behind You, but have to admit, I've never heard any of their other output, even though I first heard DWBY 15 years ago.  Recently bought a remastered version to replace the LP I used to have of it, and other albums are on my future purchases list though.  Where should I go next?

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Posted By: Raff
Date Posted: February 19 2010 at 15:00
We have their debut (the one with Carl Palmer), and DWBY. I used to have In Hearing Of too (which is also very good), but the album disappeared mysteriously  -  together with a few others - during the voyage from Italy to the US Cry.


Posted By: The Quiet One
Date Posted: February 19 2010 at 15:06
^Hey Raff, since we both share the same taste for Coverdale/Hughes era Deep Purple, I'm sure you'll pretty much enjoy Atomic Rooster's Made in England and Nice n'  Greasy, they're even funkier than those from Deep Purple, but still very rewarding.

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Posted By: The Doctor
Date Posted: February 19 2010 at 15:10
^I've actually started getting into Coverdale/Hughes era DP...picking up Stormbringer (an excellent album) and Burn (also pretty damn good) lately.  Funny enough, with the exception of In Rock, I haven't really gotten into Gillan-era DP.

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Posted By: The Quiet One
Date Posted: February 19 2010 at 15:14
Originally posted by The Doctor

^I've actually started getting into Coverdale/Hughes era DP...picking up Stormbringer (an excellent album) and Burn (also pretty damn good) lately.  Funny enough, with the exception of In Rock, I haven't really gotten into Gillan-era DP.
 
Do you have Come Taste the Band? That's my favorite with Stormbringer and Fireball up there.


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Posted By: The Doctor
Date Posted: February 19 2010 at 15:17
No I've been thinking about getting Come Taste the Band, but wasn't sure as it was without Blackmore if that would be any good.  I'm guessing it's worth it anyway.  That will most likely be my next DP purchase then.

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Posted By: Raff
Date Posted: February 19 2010 at 15:17
Originally posted by The Quiet One

Originally posted by The Doctor

^I've actually started getting into Coverdale/Hughes era DP...picking up Stormbringer (an excellent album) and Burn (also pretty damn good) lately.  Funny enough, with the exception of In Rock, I haven't really gotten into Gillan-era DP.
 
Do you have Come Taste the Band? That's my favorite with Stormbringer and Fireball up there.


Wonderful album, with some top-notch vocal performances, and great guitar work by the late Tommy Bolin.


Posted By: snobb
Date Posted: February 19 2010 at 15:19
Possibly it is not very traditional point of view, but I especially like AR album " Made In England". It is different from some previous ones in musical sound, but I like it more and more with time .


Posted By: The Quiet One
Date Posted: February 19 2010 at 15:22
Originally posted by The Doctor

No I've been thinking about getting Come Taste the Band, but wasn't sure as it was without Blackmore if that would be any good.  I'm guessing it's worth it anyway.  That will most likely be my next DP purchase then.
 
Stormbringer isn't much about Blackmore, don't you think?
 
Tommy Bolin(the guitarist who replaced Ritchie) is a very fine guitarist and adds to the band a very funky edge. He even played in the popular Jazz Rock record by Billy Cobham, Spectrum, if you haven't heard that already you should get it as soon as possibleWink Though I'm not sure how much of jazz rock fan you are.
 
Here's a video from the Bolin-era:
[TUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BYglOnfYsU[/TUBE]
 
 


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Posted By: The Quiet One
Date Posted: February 19 2010 at 15:23
Originally posted by snobb

Possibly it is not very traditional point of view, but I especially like AR album " Made In England". It is different from some previous ones in musical sound, but I like it more and more with time .
 
I like it quite a bit, Nice n' Greasy is very similar though with some greater songs in my opinion.


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Posted By: TODDLER
Date Posted: February 19 2010 at 17:57
Originally posted by The Doctor

I really love Death Walks Behind You, but have to admit, I've never heard any of their other output, even though I first heard DWBY 15 years ago.  Recently bought a remastered version to replace the LP I used to have of it, and other albums are on my future purchases list though.  Where should I go next?
In Hearing is the one you might want to check out first. Made In England features interesting songs but is more in the vain of soul music, as In Hearing being more progressive than Death Walks but still rocks out.


Posted By: TODDLER
Date Posted: February 19 2010 at 18:19
Originally posted by The Doctor

No I've been thinking about getting Come Taste the Band, but wasn't sure as it was without Blackmore if that would be any good.  I'm guessing it's worth it anyway.  That will most likely be my next DP purchase then.
Songs like "Gettin' Tighter' are reminiscent of James Gang material from the period of Bang and Miami. Bolin was a decent guitarist and it's a shame that he fried his brain. 


Posted By: LinusW
Date Posted: February 20 2010 at 02:19
Don't know if they're underrated, but perhaps of more interest to those who love heavy, Hammond-driven 70s rock. I like Death Walks Behind You. Tried some other albums, but they never clicked. 


Posted By: ExittheLemming
Date Posted: February 20 2010 at 02:35
I guess there's always been at least three flavours of Rooster on the platter at any one time i.e. the heavy riffing plain vanilla rock critter, the proggier instrumental beastie of VUG, Gershatzer and Death Walks Behind You etc (my personal preference) and the funkier R'n'B thang with Chris Farlowe in the lineup. The description of underrated is practically meaningless now I fear as most people really mean 'not as popular or as successful as they deserved to be' (but that's a bit of a mouthful ain't it ?)

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Posted By: presdoug
Date Posted: February 20 2010 at 08:31
AR Made In England guitarist Steve Bolton is also good as a member of Headstone, the only album of which i have heard is the self-titled one from 1975. Some very unique music. 


Posted By: The Runaway
Date Posted: February 20 2010 at 08:37
So underrated and so awesome. My wet dream is that I play keyboards and sing on Tomorrow Night with a couple of friends.

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