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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.
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.Read more ›
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I first bought this album when it was released over 30 years ago. This is the third time I have purchased it. Read morePublished on July 4, 2013 by nctjc
after years waiting for this CD this is a gem in my collection. I classic that every on who love rock hast to have it.Published on April 14, 2013 by Gerardo Rodriguez
I bought this album for the one song (named above). I like Atomic Rooster, but largely they fail to impress me much. However, when they do... wow! Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Mikal C. Johnson
This is one of the best bands of the era. Not as well known as they should be. However, they get enough love from record collectors to make up for it.Published on February 2, 2013 by K. McDonald
I appreciate the sound quality and extra tracks. The convenience of downloading mp3s and the lack of packaging is a good thing.Published on January 8, 2013 by BobbyB
man this was the pre cursor to elp but is that story about brian jones and john paul jones joining this group really true/ unbeleivable!! Read morePublished on February 21, 2010 by Mark Thomas
Greatest unknown album and band you never heard. Their claim to fame at the time was the drummer Carl Palmer was their drummer before this album. Read morePublished on September 25, 2009 by Bernard F. Elias