Atomic Rooster – In Hearing of Atomic Rooster (1971)

Artist Credit
Atomic Rooster Primary Artist
John Du Cann Composer, Guitar
Vincent Crane Composer, Organ, Piano, Vocals
Pete French Vocals
Paul Hammond Drums

In Hearing of is the third album by British rock band Atomic Rooster. Although not included on the album, the “Devil’s Answer” single was released just prior to it, becoming the band’s highest chart success at number 4 in the UK. This helped push the album to a number 18 UK chart placing, despite the fact that the four musicians pictured on the inside cover never played together. Half of the songs were written by Crane along with his first wife, Pat Darnell, who assisted with the lyrics. The backing tracks (and some vocals) were recorded by Vincent Crane, John Cann and Paul Hammond, but Cann and Hammond were let go from the group soon after vocalist Pete French was drafted in. The finished album’s sound was dominated by Crane and Hammond, with many of Cann’s guitar parts either not used or placed lower in the mix. However, Cann’s guitar does still come through loud and clear on his compositions (tracks 2 and 6) and the instrumentals (tracks 4 and 7).

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