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on 21 January 2012
First off, a point of order about the cover artwork, which uses the US version of the LP, rather than the 'bird-with-boobs' cover of the original. If that's confusing, the earlier Repertoire CD issue used the (US) John Cann-overdubbed recordings, but the original UK 'bird' cover!!

As with the other Rooster albums on Sanctuary, this CD comes with a great booklet (principly featuring Carl Palmer's recollections) and decent bonus tracks, in this case the American-issue tracks with John Cann's overdubs, rightfully relegated to 'second place' in the running order for chronological reasons at least. The music reveals a solid, competent band feeling their way a little. It's such a shame that Nick Graham had to be booted out as John Cann came on board. Nick sings the songs with considerable conviction (such as on 'Winter' and 'Banstead') - in fact I'd go as far to say that out of the four vocalists Rooster had, he was probably the best at articulating Vincent Crane's anguished lyrics. And, like many a not-just-a-bassist (Entwistle, J P Jones etc) he adds a further dimension with his flute playing. A four-piece Atomic Rooster could have been an even better band than the Crane/Cann/Hammond trio (all now RIP sad to say) that recorded 'Death Walks Behind You', probably their best LP.
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