Thursday, April 3, 2014

Goodies from GFreedom's Music Collection # 12

         ATOMIC ROOSTER: In Hearing of Atomic Rooster (1971)
  Atomic Rooster was an English Heavy-Rock band, who was formed up in 1969 by the keyboardist Vincent Crane, who had just quit playing with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. He recruited the drummer Carl Palmer, (later on Emerson Lake & Palmer), and together they tried to make a collaboration with Brian Jones. When this didn't work out because of Brian Jone's death, they formed the new band on
their own by recruiting two more members, and chosing the name Atomic Rooster. (Because 1969 was the year of the rooster in the Chinese calendar).
  Their first gig was on August 29 of 1969 at the London Lyceum, having as supporting act Deep Purple (!).
Very soon they signed a contract with a record company, and on February of 1970 they released their debut album, named 'Atomic Rooster'.
   The major problem of the band was the many changes in members, and that surely affected their sound and their musical identity.
  In 1971, they released their third album under the name 'In Hearing of Atomic Rooster', which came out exactly after the release of their most successful single 'Devil's Answer' (No.4 in the UK charts). Although 'Devil's Answer' was not included in the album, the popularity they gained because of the single helped the album to climb up to No.18 of UK's album charts.(In the version that was released in the USA you can find 'Devil's Answer' in the album, but not in the original English release).
  The album contains 8 songs in total (9 in the USA version), has a total running time of almost 40 minutes, and includes some of the band's finest moments.
  Except 'Devil's Answer' (which you can find in all the re-releases of the album), here you can find some really great songs, like 'Breakthrough', 'Head in the Sky', 'Break the Ice' and 'Black Snake'.
 The band's line-up in this album is as the following: Vincent Crane - Organ & Piano, John Du Cann -  Guitars, Pete French - Vocals, Paul Hammond - Drums & Percussion.
  Concluding this post, I must say that if any of you is interested about Atomic Rooster's albums, in my opinion this is the album you should start with.
In the following videos you can listen to a couple of songs from this album...
I hope you found this post interesting and informative.
Thanks for reading! :)