Atomic Rooster Anthology 1969-81 (2-CD/Import)

Anthology 1969-81 (2-CD/Import)
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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: March 9, 2009
  • Originally Released: 2009
  • Label: Angel Air

Tracks on Disc 1:

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Do You Know Who's Looking for You?
  • 2.Broken Window - (previously unreleased)
  • 3.Hold It Through the Night
  • 4.No Change by Me
  • 5.Play It Again
  • 6.End of the Day
  • 7.The Rock
  • 8.Gershatser
  • 9.Shabaloo
  • 10.Nobody Else
  • 11.Don't Lose Your Mind
  • 12.She's My Woman
  • 13.Devil's Answer - (live)
  • 14.Death Walks Behind You - (live)
  • 15.Tomorrow Night - (live)

Product Description:

Personnel: John Du Cann (vocals, guitar, guitars); Vincent Crane (Hammond b-3 organ); Paul Hammond , Carl Palmer (drums).
Liner Note Author: Joe Geesin.
Why does a second-tier British heavy prog/hard rock act deserve three different two-CD anthologies? Hard to say, really, but there are in fact a trifecta of very distinct Atomic Rooster roundups: the simply titled Anthology, released on Repertoire in 2002; the superior Heavy Soul, released on Sanctuary in 2006; and now this one, which gathers B-sides, live tracks, demos, and studio rarities from the full gamut of the band's career, including its 1979-1981 revival as a heavy metal act. Atomic Rooster were led by organist Vincent Crane, formerly of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown; when the group first formed, another Arthur Brown veteran, Carl Palmer, was on drums, but he quickly left to join Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The Rooster really came into their own when guitarist John Du Cann joined. Their first three albums, particularly sophomore release Death Walks Behind You, showcased a guitar-and-organ front line that was relatively unique and bridged the gap between Deep Purple and Black Sabbath, with a gaunt Crane hunched over the organ like the Phantom of the Opera as Du Cann crunched out heavy riffs and fleet solos. The fourth and fifth releases explored a blend of funk and soul along with heavy rock, and weren't quite as noteworthy as the early albums -- and after a few years off , the group returned in 1979 attempting to piggyback on the New Wave of British Heavy Metal with a faster, more aggressive sound that didn't suit them or hold up to their earliest work. This compilation features alternate takes, live versions, B-sides, and other ephemera from the early years (including three tracks with Carl Palmer on drums) and the "metal" years, and the difference is quite stark. A particularly useful contrast is provided by the inclusion of an alternate mix of the band's best-known song, "Death Walks Behind You," on disc one, and a sped-up, Alice Cooper-esque reworking from 1981 on disc two. This may seem like a diehards-only release, but Atomic Rooster deserved more attention than they got, at least early on, so serious devotees of early-'70s hard rock will find much to enjoy here. ~ Phil Freeman

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