- Audio CD (April 19, 2004)
- Remaste ed. edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
- Label: Castle Music UK
- ASIN: B0001MXRLG
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,650 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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2004 reissue of 1972 classic, the first recording from the Rooster's third line-up. 18 tracks including eight live bonus tracks, 'Stand By Me', 'Breakthrough', 'Save Me', & 'Close Your Eyes' (from the 1972 BBC Radio Sessions with Johnnie Walker), 'Stand By Me', 'People You Can't Trust', 'All In Satan's Name', & 'Devil's Answer' from BBC Radio 1 In Concert Paris Theatre, July 27th, 1972). Features artwork inspired by the highly collectable denim 12 inch sleeve. Slipcase. Castle.
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It is! It is capable of standing in the same league! I can breathe a sign of relief, haha.
Though I was already well aware the band headed towards a significantly funkier direction for this outing, I'm by no means disappointed by the majority of the songwriting. Made In England proves that Atomic Rooster is honestly very very good at the funk genre.
"Time Is My Life" has an orchestration during the intro (or at least, it definitely sounds like one even though it probably wasn't necessary) and shortly after that, the vocal melody comes in. This song sets the pace for the rest of the album- one catchy vocal melody after another. In this particular track, the vocals remind me of Jack Bruce from Cream fame. "Stand By Me" features vocals that instantly remind me of John Lawton from Lucifer's Friend. This is where the actual funkiness begins, and it doesn't let up for a good portion of the album. As for the song... I love it. Perhaps the chorus repeats a tad too much, but when it's memorable I don't really care.
For those out there who admire the Tommy Bolin period of the James Gang (and especially their Bang classic) "Little Bit of Inner Air" might remind some of a Tommy Bolin-type, slow-moving and eerily quiet blues track. It's highly memorable too, though it took a few close listens to really win me over. "Don't Know What Went Wrong" takes us back to the John Lawton similarities, and I'm thoroughly impressed once again. The piano jam at the end is pretty tasty too. "Never To Lose" is the albums underrated soul ballad I guess you could call it. A VERY effective vocal melody. Honestly, I don't notice Atomic Rooster losing any steam whatsoever, so the lack of popularity concerning this album is sort of mysterious to me.
Brace yourself for the second side. WOW!! "Breathless" in an *extremely* exciting piano-based funk jam with the adrenaline level pushed up dramatically, and "Space Cowboy" continues the theme with a really good vocal melody to boot. No, in case you're wondering, it's not related to the Steve Miller Band song of the same name. This is actually MUCH better. "People You Can't Trust" is probably a Sly & the Family Stone interpretation, and it's a good one. It definitely stands out from the rest of the album. "All In Satan's Name" is... I honestly don't know WHAT this is. It's funky, it's very very heavy, and the vocals are good enough. "Close Your Eyes" is a soulful ballad with piano playing and vocals reminiscent of either the Guess Who or Lee Michaels. Not sure which one exactly. I love it though.
Overall, Atomic Rooster delivers once again. I fail to understand the lack of popularity for this minor masterpiece.
I give this one 2 1/2 stars for containing a couple of decent songs. The Rooster made us suffer through one more album (NICE & GREASY....Atomic Rooster IV in the U.S.) before calling it a day.
Stick to DEATH WALKS BEHIND YOU, or the slightly weaker IN HEARING OF, if you want to give these guys a listen. At least those two albums almost had the same lineup....