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Heavy rock album which deserves to be better known
on 31 January 2001
Atomic Rooster never quite made it into the first rank. This is their most coherent album and deserves to be much better known. Think Black Sabbath's first album and then forget it. This is less ponderous and creepy (despite the title). We've got Vincent Crane, keyboards; John Cann, guitar and vocals; Paul Hammond, drums. Death Walks Behind You: initially a lot of atmosphere, but then tedious. The masterpiece that wasn't. VUG: good instrumental, gets better. Tomorrow Night: totally original classic. Crane's hesitation on the brief piano intro is inspired. Great organ solo. Puts (or should put) A.R. into the history books. As a single, made it high into U.K. charts. Seven Streets: intense, frantic, frustrated. Sleeping For Years: nothing to it but a perfect simple riff. Hammond's bass drum funks it up. Guitar solo a big let-down ('Maybe I'll do a bit of this. Now I'll try a bit of that.'). I Can't Take No More: great, hard-driving rock. Paul Hammond inspired by ghosts of departed Apaches. Well-measured, considered solo from John Cann at the end -- unfortunately cut short. Nobody Else: strange ballad for A.R. John Cann does some uncharacteristic melodic guitar on this -- usually seems to be strangling his instrument. Gershatzer: instrumental with drum solo. Yes, I know, but this is different: Hammond's not as fast, maybe, as Carl Palmer (A.R.'s previous drummer), but is this stop-start and funky bass drum stuff really possible?