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Death Walks Behind You

Death Walks Behind You

October 26, 2009
4.6 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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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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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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By A Customer on June 14, 2002
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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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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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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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Just the name alone conjures up thoughts of Demonic Early Seventies Heavy Metal Progressive Rock. You almost feel by natural instinct that if that is your kettle of fish then Atomic Rooster is going to be your bag. Before anyone gets confused by the name we are talking about 'Atomic Rooster' here, not 'Atomic Kitten'.
Atomic Rooster came out with a couple of very powerful early seventies albums. They sounded great, but unless denim, leather, Afghan coats, long lanky hair, mutton chop sideburns, and droopy moustaches are your thing, they probably aren't the best looking band in the world. Not when compared to the three little girls in Atomic Kitten. However, the music... well, it probably will not stand the test of time as well as this incredible collection of songs do. The music, not the mutton chop sideburns as in the pictures of Atomic Kitten, will still look good. In thirty years these guys now look a little dated, but then this Dog has been waiting years for the shaggy dog look to come back.
So who and what were "Atomic Rooster"? They were formed in mid 1969 by keyboard wizard Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer, one of the most bombastic drummers on the planet, after the collapse of "The Crazy World of Arthur Brown" and in the middle of an American tour. (Arthur Brown had one hit which was a number one "Fire", but that was it. Brown went on to lead Kingdom Come and released three very weird albums in the mid-seventies. He still makes a living to this day as a celebrity, hosting parties and festivals whilst singing the odd verse of "Fire".) Adding Nick Greenwood on bass, an album was recorded and released with the confusing title of "Atomic Ro-O-oster" .
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