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Deluxe expanded reissue of the British progressive rock act's 1970 sophomore album features 14 tracks including 6 bonus tracks, 'Play The Game' (B-side), 'The Devil's Answer' (1970 Demo), 'Tomorrow Night' (BBC Session 1/14/71), 'Shabooloo' (BBC Session 3/22/71), 'Death Walks Behind You' (BBC Session 3/22/71), & 'The Devil's Answer' (Alt. Version). Slipcase. Castle. 2004.

1. Death Walks Behind You
2. Vug
3. Tomorrow Night
4. Seven Lonely Streets
5. Sleeping For Years
6. I Cant Take No More
7. Nobody Else
8. Gershatzer
9. Play The Game (b-side)
10. The Devil's Answer (1970 Demo)
11. Tomorrow Night (Bbc Radio Session)
12. Shabooloo (Bbc Radio Session)
13. Death Walks Behind You (Bbc Radio Session)
14. The Devil's Answer (Alt. Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Indie Europe/Zoom
  • ASIN: B00019013Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,119 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A most excellent presentation of this classic album.
Sebastian Gerber
Even now, nearly thirty years later, I still sometimes play it as 'shower music' - with the volume turned up high it really gets the blood pumping!
Tim Woods
The title track, is one the best rock songs ever written..
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Joe on November 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Don't be fooled. The so-called "tape noise" mentioned below is so insignificant in the scope of the album that it's hardly even noticable at all. You can't hear it unless you feel the urge to press your ear against your speaker and count the seconds until it begins. In fact, this noise is so quiet and so subtle, who's to say what it really is. Whatever you do, don't let one person's opinion (which is highly blown out of proportion) affect your decision about buying one of progressive rock's greatest masterpieces. The album has never sounded better than this remaster, and the bonus tracks are the icing on the cake.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By George Farris on December 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I agree with Joe completely, especially concerning the alledged 'hiss'. I actually listened to that portion of "Nobody Else" several times even with my eyes closed and heard nothing but the music itself. The sound of the entire disc is fantastic. With the bonus tracks, the length is just over 75 min.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Andrew B. Walker on December 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There was so much good much in the sixties and early seventies that it's not surprising some wonderful albums and even groups are now largely forgotten. Atomic Rooster is one such group and "Death Walks Behind You" was their best studio album. It was influential in the rise of heavy metal, was one of the best albums for taking advantage of separate stereo channels (listen for the guitars to cross over each other from one end of the room to the other), and is laden with great songs. Highly recommended
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "mobby_uk" on June 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Atomic Rooster was Vince Crane, a very talented musician, one of the best keyboard players in rock, and certainly one of the best composers, sadly underrated, whose life was cut short few years ago, by his suicide due to his illness (manic depression).
On every Rooster album, his songs shine the most, in melodic virtuiosity, and emotional expressions, whereas the songs that the guitarist John Ducann did the writing, the difference is felt, and what we have instead are average 70s rock songs.
But Crane, had a vision, a passion for his music and his instrument and it shows in all his writing, which are very melodic, with very catchy tunes that are guaranteed to stay with the listener for a long time.
Death Walks Behind You is an example of Crane on top form.
The title track, is one the best rock songs ever written..It is a very dark song, that starts with a haunting piano..can even be a scary song!!VUG is an instrumental melodic piece that has excellent interplay between keys and guitars, and a touch of prog rock..
Other tracks on the albums, show Ducann 's influence in cowriting, as they tend to be rockier, but they still have the power and brilliance and touch of Crane, and are very melodic.
The other classic on this album is Nobody Else, a very touching song, with a lovely piano, that offer the listener in the middle a good time change a la prog rock tradition, with brilliant guitar solo.
Atomic Rooster did some great stuff afterwards, esp. In Hearing Of and Made In England, but could not acquire the recognition they deserve.
Crane did another classic 'Headline News' his most progressive and personal/solo album, with a guest appearance by none other than Dave Gilmour. This album sadly remained largely unheard, and Vincent Crane died soon afterwards.
BUY THIS ALBUM on all account, and i guarantee 'Death Walks Behind You' will truly haunt you like no other song can manage to do!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tim Woods on February 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was given this album (as a cassette) when I was a young bloke in the early 1970's. I was an acid rock/heavy metal fan and used to listen to very little other than Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, with a bit of Uriah Heep thrown in for good measure. I remember thinking "who the hell are Atomic Rooster?" as I'd never heard of them before.
Well, it only took one listen of Death Walks Behind You for me to put them in the same league as my 'big three'.
Vincent Crane's work organ work on this album was up there with anything by Jon Lord and in John Cann I had a new guitar hero to go along with Ritchie Blackmore and Jimmy Page.
I was very disappointed with Rooster's subsequent albums and resigned myself to the fact that this was a 'one hit wonder'.
Never mind. I still played Death Walks Behind You over and over and over. Even now, nearly thirty years later, I still sometimes play it as 'shower music' - with the volume turned up high it really gets the blood pumping!
My old cassette is almost worn out, but I've never been able to find the CD in Australia. It's still a case of "who the hell are Atomic Rooster". Now that I'm on line though, it's a case of Amazon.com to the rescue...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie (ssandlin@3-cities.com) on February 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Atomic Rooster - This is a band today if you mention them to most of the record buying public; the response will be "who's that?" Pity this band didn't receive the promotion they deserved in the early 1970's. This LP is flat out amazing. Vincent Crane (vocals,piano,organ), John Cann (vocals, guitar)and Paul Hammond (drums)deliver a dark and gothic sounding LP. Musically its inspired and the guitars and organ blaze. The title track starts of with dark piano solo and builts into foreboding rocker that is like a horror movie put to rock music. "Vug" is a great instrumental that reminds of ZZTop's "La Grange" minus the vocals with gothic organ touches. "Tommororow Night" sticks with the dark themes and its a nice tune. "Sleeping for years," the album cover states that it was one of their most requested pieces. For good reason, its a song that would be at home on any classic rock station in the US. Uptempo and great guitar work make this one to definetly enjoy over and over. Another notible on the album is "Gershazter" for its organ/drum solo. If you buy one album of AR's, let this be the one. Its a classic, little known and goth before goth was cool. Buy it and share it with a friend. You'll be turning them onto one of the greatist underrated LP's of the 1970's.
PS. Just think, finding this LP in the 25 cent bin 10 years ago turned me onto them. :)
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