Atomic Rooster

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  1. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

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    I remember hearing about Atomic Rooster in the early 70s, but don't recall hearing them. If Rolling Stone had given them a little more press, perhaps my impressionable younger self would have bought some records, which sparsely populated local record stores. About all I knew was that they were Brit prog rock guys, and once had Carl Palmer (drummer for ELP) as a member.

    The organist, Vincent Crane, wrote the songs and was the only constant member. Everybody else came and went, including Chris Farlowe (in the last clip below), who had been a notable British R&B singer, who went on to Colosseum before joining Atomic Rooster.

    The guitarist in the first two clips, John Du Cann, plays a Tele with a pickup that I don't recognize. He was a pretty limited soloist, with not many ideas that he develops, and had fairly sloppy, yet aggressive technique. It sounds more Punk to me than Prog Rock.





    The guitarist in the clip below is named John Bolton. He plays a Les Paul in a fairly lyrical way. He looks like Jeff Beck, but without as nice a poof of hair atop his head. Chris Farlowe on vocals.

     
  2. 6stringcowboy

    6stringcowboy Friend of Leo's

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    A friend of mine gave me a cassette tape of their first album in '70 or '71. I had never heard anything like it and played it until the tape wouldn't play anymore.

    Good stuff, thanks for the memory.
     
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    & the people who listened to this probably thought the "hair metal" bands dressed weird.
     
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    That is a pretty cool pick guard on the tele in the first clip.
     
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    Tazz3 Friend of Leo's

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    Pretty good band
     
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    The Tele pickup in the first clip might be a Burns Tri-Sonic.

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    I bought an Atomic Rooster album in the very early 70's. Contained the songs "Tomorrow Night" and "Death Walks Behind You." Great songs. Vincent Crane was the organist for Arthur Brown of "Fire" fame.
     
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    I remember seeing them on a bunch of tv shows in London in 1970 or 1971 while I was there for a few months.

    Pretty popular in England at the time but not a pop-chart band - lots of notes and nothing stuck in my head. "Underground" was the term we used if it didn't really fit anywhere.

    Forgot all about them until I read this thread.
     
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    Lowbassnotes Friend of Leo's

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    I saw a Hiwatt cabinet for sale on eBay a while back that had Atomic Rooster stenciled on it, the seller claimed it was one of their's. Other than that never heard of them.
     
  10. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Carl Palmer went on to work with "the Crazy world of Arthur Brown" who had the single "Fire" then went onto ELP
    Greg Lake was with King Crimson "The court of the Crimson King"
    Keith Emerson was with the "NICE" before ELP

    I always liked Atomic Rooster great band for the time!!!
     
  11. suthol

    suthol Friend of Leo's

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    Im hearing you 24T but I thought CWOAB came before Atomic Rooster, if not there can't have been much in it
     
  12. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    You may be right on that one

    there is a video where Carl Palmer and Keith Emerson jammed with Oscar Peterson apparently Keith Emerson was blown away by the invite to play on the Oscar peterson show that he asked Carl Palmer to play drums for support and you can see him briefly in the back ground playing. great Jam!!

     
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    i never got to hear any Atomic Rooster til u-tube came along, but i've always thought they had one of the coolest band names i ever heard.
     
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    ^^^ I'm gonna have to give that to Oscar, just for the red jacket.
     
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    Them boys look like a bunch of Hippies!!!
    Had to do this he old fashioned way - looked away and just listened.

    Kinda took me back.
     
  16. Jim W

    Jim W Friend of Leo's

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    I had at least one of their albums. Listened to them a few times recently on you tube. They were a pretty good band.
     
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