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In Hearing of Import

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Limited edition digipak pressing of this 1971 album from the British Prog rockers. In Hearing of was the band's third album and included vocalist Peter French on some tracks. The rest of the lineup has the excellent John Cann on guitar and Paul Hammond on drums. Among the eight original tracks are such amusing titles as 'A Spoonful of Bromide Helps the Pulse Rate Go Down', which typified Vincent Crane's nervy sense of humor. But the musicianship ensured that Atomic Rooster albums were taken very seriously by fans and in Hearing of has been hailed as an essential Prog Rock Classic. Repertoire.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Breakthrough
  2. Break the Ice
  3. Decision
  4. Indecision
  5. A Spoonful of Bromide Helps the Pulse Rate Go Do
  6. Black Snake
  7. Head in the Sky
  8. The Rock
  9. The Price
  10. Devil's Answer-Single Version


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2010)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B003L0VJIS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,574 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"In Hearing Of" was possibly the hardest rocking album of Atomic Rooster, & keyboardist / leader Vincent Crane's, long & varied career.
On this 1972 release, Vincent Crane played Hammond B3, Grand Piano, & foot pedal bass (all @ the same time) in a very aggressive, rocking style behind a very heavy & funky rhythm section...that often reminds me of Bonham & Page, with Emerson soloing over the top. The bloozy vocals are somewhat reminiscent of Spooky Tooth.
Most of the songs have brooding minor key atmospheres, with dark lyrics...but the band sounds like they were ready to fight, & never give up. Vincent performed spectacular solos on almost every song, although there's not much in the way of guitar solos, which ended up causing dissension in the group.
This version of the band broke up shortly after this album's release, & then Atomic Rooster moved into a somewhat more R & B / Rock direction, with subsequent albums.
But if you ever wondered what Keith Emerson might have sounded like playing over the top of the early Led Zeppelin rhythm section, "In Hearing Of" is for you. I saw this lineup play live in San Diego in early '72...they were awesome...& this record is an excellent representation of their live sound.
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In 1969 keyboard wizard Vincent Crane and drumming sensation Carl Palmer, left mid tour of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown's debut American tour citing irreparable differences with the man himself Arthur Brown, not perhaps the most thought through idea in Rock'n'Roll, but sometimes a musician has to do what a musician does.

Upon arrival back in England it was decided to put a band together around these two musicians, like minded talents were then sought after, Brian Jones who had just left the Stones was due for a meeting with Vincent Crane the day before he was found drowned in a swimming pool, Rich Gretch was asked but had already hung his star to new supergroup " Blind Faith" with Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, and Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce was asked as well but was determined to forge out a solo career, when Bruce turned down the bass position John Paul Jones was singled out, but he was already in another heavy metal flyer Led Zeppelin. But all these names does let your mind wander into all the different possibilities that could of happened.

The newly branded Atomic Rooster was rolled out with it's debut album 'Atomic Rooster', (1969) with the relatively unknown Nick Graham completing the trio on Bass. The album met with great critical praise but little commercial success, the album is a bluesy affair with not much notice of the heavy rock carnage that was to come. Nick Graham promptly left, (Atomic Rooster never employed a bass player at any time in their following career, Vincent Crane preferring to play the bass notes on his Hammond organ, rather than trust another fickle bass man.) Followed by Carl Palmer who was lured away to be the "P'' in another supergroup "Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.
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The real treat in Castle Music's issue is the long overdue inclusion of the U.S. version of Devil's Answer with Pete French singing lead vocals, making "In Hearing Of" a consistent and inspired album from start to finish. Vincent Crane's vision shines brightly on this album, uncluttered by musical missteps or uncertainty. Virtually every AR compilation leans heavily on this album and it's easy to see why. All of the songs are strong and well executed. If you're going to own one Atomic Rooster CD, this is it.
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I'm dating myself when I say that I was in Jr. High School when I discovered "Death Walks Behind You", courtesy of an older neighborhood kid who played guitar. "In Hearing Of" came out shortly thereafter, and I've owned it on vinyl since its release in the US. I thought the addition of Pete French to the lineup on vocals was a great idea, as Cann's singing on DWBY was the one weak element of that great proto-prog-metal album. What I didn't find out until I read the liner notes of this extendeded and remastered CD release was that, in fact, French was never in the same studio with Cann and Hammond! After all the basic tracks had been laid down, Vincent Crane was unsatisfied, so he hired French to re-do the vocals, and did a massive edit and mix job to throttle back Cann's over-the-top guitar. I had always wondered why it was so restrained compared to DWBY! Anyway, the resulting album is a little-known gem of 70's british rock, not-quite-metal, not-quite-progressive, but evocative and very well executed. Highly recommended.
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I love this CD its good to know that good well,excellent music was composed in the late sixties and seventes.Atomic rooster was ahead of thier time, and I consider they still are. I must say I hear alot of other bands such as AC/DC I feel they been infulenced by vincint crane. The man is a uunknown genius.Wellworth the listen to and well worth the price I give it a big thumbs up!
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Brilliant Rock... Simply Have been in search of several DEEP Classic Rock Bands that Ought to be brought too the For front... 'Atomic Rooster'... Stunning Rock. 'Armageddon' / Dig' a One Album Band is too Brilliant....Warhorse' / Montrose / Leaf Hound .....to name a few...Hawkwind...
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