Well if you are under 30 you probably won't have and at 40 I was only just lucky enough to catch them. As a teenager in the late 70's, I was into rock music; Marillion, Saxon, Iron Maiden, Whitesnake & Black Sabbath. Like most hard up teenagers, any cheap source of music was welcome, and my local library in Stone, Staffs, was one such source. It had a small but varied collection of albums, which I would borrow for 50p I think, and if I liked them, tape them before returning them. Two albums that I recall, because I had not previously heard the bands, were Nazereth; Greatest Hits, and Atomic Rooster; Home to Roost. I have always had a tendency towards music that is not too up beat, and poses questions; when I heard the tracks; "Death Walks Behind You" and "Winter" with the depressing lyric "what is the point of going on?...", it matched my depressed outlook on life and I thought the album was great. These songs are quite depressing, but the music is powerful and challenges the soul. It is not out and out rock music like the other bands that I was into, and has more in common with the "Doors". It was not until 1980 that I really discovered David Bowie, who's music suits my taste the best, but I enjoyed listening to Atomic Rooster for years until the tape finally wore out about 10 years ago.
I had been toying with the idea of trying to get some Atomic Rooster on CD, and after a lot of research decided that this had all of the songs on it that I remembered, and at £8 could I go wrong? Well as a happy family man, I still find the Rooster boys deliciously dark, and their music, I think stands up well. The first CD is excellent, the second CD is a bit more patchy, but I still give it 4 stars for the first CD alone. If you like music with a bit of bite, give this a go, if you are under 30 and like bands like Nirvana and Radio Head you might like this, you certainly won't have heard anything else like them.