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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Rarity
This was a brilliant debut album from two guys who decided that enough was enough with Atomic Rooster and Vincent Crane, and who teamed up with Bassist John Gustafson from Quatermass to make an excellent band - I saw them live as support act for Captain Beefheart and thought they were even better live than on disc. This may not be a great transfer (I transferred my old...
Published on 27 Aug 2008 by P R Scott

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1.0 out of 5 stars bulletproof?
the quality of this cd transfer is poor the album has tracks that overlap who ever did this doesn't know what they are doing when the tracks overlap if it is not recorded the right way if causes jumps in the recording you've got that with this do yourself a favour give this one a miss it's not worth the money i've had the line version and now the red fox version there...
Published on 13 July 2006 by G. Ellis


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Rarity, 27 Aug 2008
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P R Scott (United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bulletproof (Audio CD)
This was a brilliant debut album from two guys who decided that enough was enough with Atomic Rooster and Vincent Crane, and who teamed up with Bassist John Gustafson from Quatermass to make an excellent band - I saw them live as support act for Captain Beefheart and thought they were even better live than on disc. This may not be a great transfer (I transferred my old vinyl copy to disc to get a better version) but the tracks are all great stuff. The only weak spot is "The Provider", which seems to be a funky jam conducted in the studio after the serious recording had been done. As for complaints about tracks running into each other...On the original album, "No Witch At All", "Taken Alive" and "Time Gambler Rodney" did run consecutively and was a little annoying, but I put them through Wave Editor on my PC and soon corrected that problem. Aside from that I cannot stress how really great this album was and still is...and if you have a bad copy, or the recordings aren't to your liking, you could always smarten them up on your PC (Sound Forge is great for that)...Just don't let it detract from the sheer gutsy rock and roll thump in the gonads this could give you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hard, Handsome & Heavy, 5 Jun 2008
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Originally released on Purple records early in 1972, this album demonstrates the superb & unrestrained musicianship of ex Atomic Rooster men John Du Cann (guitars & vocals) & Paul Hammond (drums) plus ex Quatermass man John Gustafson (bass & vocals). John had been pushed to the sidelines, by Vincent Crane by the time of the In Hearing Of Atomic Rooster album (before getting pushed out completely),& this gave him the chance to let his guitar work & vocals come to the fore again, especially on Time Gambler & Millionaire.

It's basically a remix of the Daemon - Entrance to Hell album (an earlier name for Hard Stuff),without Al Shaw's vocals, but with the addition of the bubbling short rocking number Hobo (& without some of the more daemonic named tracks).

Unfortunately, Hard Stuff seemed to lose their hard energetic edge with the release of the very disappointing Bolex Dementia album & then broke up; but we still have this album as a reminder of what could have been.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can make Sir Walter Raleigh haunt you..., 23 July 2010
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G. Meldrum (Scotland, UK) - See all my reviews
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Imagine Atomic Rooster's `Death Walks Behind You' but significantly more agitated and up-tempo. Or consider the prospect of a more overtly and deliberately hard-rocking version of a group like the Groundhogs. Do this and you are beginning to picture Hard Stuff who for one album blazed ludicrously brightly, less so for the next, and then no more. Formed principally by ex-Atomic Rooster alumni, most significantly the mighty guitar god that mortal men know as John Du Cann, Hard Stuff remain incontrovertible proof that the flame burning twice as bright burns half as long... but damn, did it burn. `Bulletproof' is early proto-metal genius of the highest order, an extremely unsung little rock rarity that will leave a mark like no other on your psyche. Album highlights have to include (but are definitely not limited to) the insistent, shuffling, wailing verses of `Sinister Minister', which sound rather like early Pentagram (or vice versa?), not to mention the stellar `No Witch At all', containing the memorable refrain with which this review is titled and sounding like the kind of thing Monster Magnet might have written if they'd existed in 1972. Then there's the raw, abrasive tones of `Time Gambler (Rodney)" or the ornate riffery of `Mister Longevity -RIP' (great title), but each track has its own sense of character.

Psychedelic blues-rock meets and is seduced by ur-metal then, and while one can make reference points to other fine acts, Hard Stuff is truly an entity all its own, a footnote perchance in the great history of rock, but one well worth investigating for those who live to unearth hidden musical treasures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IN MEMORY OF JOHN DU CANN, 17 Nov 2011
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HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (HBMV) "Hayling Is... (26 Rails Lane Hayling Island) - See all my reviews
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Angel Air records released this just as John Du Cann died from a heart attack at the age of 64. Du Cann was one third of Hard Stuff and brought with him the talent that had made Atomic Rooster such a formidable act. This album is (as the title suggests) hard, heavy and edgy. The song writing is great and the album boasts John's trademark vocals, guitar and songwriting. Great stuff!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Devils Answer, 31 Jan 2008
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G. G. Saunders "Rock Dr." (West Sussex .UK) - See all my reviews
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Two of the three members of this band had just left Vincent Crane and his Atomic Rooster. Bullet Proof says it all we are a hard rock band. And Mr Crane is NOT in charge anymore!!!!!!!! Also this guitarist wrote Devils Answer, a big hit for the Rooster!
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars bulletproof?, 13 July 2006
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G. Ellis "demontrucker" (england) - See all my reviews
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the quality of this cd transfer is poor the album has tracks that overlap who ever did this doesn't know what they are doing when the tracks overlap if it is not recorded the right way if causes jumps in the recording you've got that with this do yourself a favour give this one a miss it's not worth the money i've had the line version and now the red fox version there both rubbish
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