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Atomic Rooster


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3.86 | 321 ratings

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4 stars I can't find the influences some have seen AR impart on groups like Iron Maiden or Megadeth, but this is a good "heavy" record. Not heavy metal, but what the early 70s called "heavy rock". The shared spotlight between the guitar & organ, neither overshadowing the other, but instead building the riffs with teamwork. The difference, though, between acts like Rooster & superstars like Purple is the quality of the filler. Take Streets & compare it to In Rock's Into the Fire. Both will never attain legendary status song-wise, but Into the Fire sounds forward & modern. Streets & I Can't Take No More, while good, still recall that 60s "heavy" sound. But when put up against Purple's 1970 effort, this album more than holds its' own. While I've only heard this one & In Hearing, I can see why Atomic Rooster would have been held in such regard. Because to these ears, if AR had matched songwriting-wise vs Deep Purple as time went on, as they do here, it would have been interesting to see what The Rooster's Machine Head would have sounded like.
debrewguy | 4/5 |


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