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Saturday, February 16, 2019

Atomic Rooster : Death Walks Behind You 1970


Atomic Rooster are a British rock band, originally formed by members of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, organist Vincent Crane and drummer Carl Palmer. Throughout their history, keyboardist Vincent Crane was the only constant member and wrote the majority of their material. Their history is defined by two periods: the early-mid-1970s and the early 1980s. The band went through radical style changes, but they are best known for the hard,/ progressive rock sound of their hit singles, "Tomorrow Night" (UK No. 11) and "Devil's Answer" (UK No. 4), both in 1971.


Death Walks Behind You is the second studio album by British rock band Atomic Rooster. It was their first album to receive US release, albeit in a different sleeve. It is commonly thought of as the archetypal Atomic Rooster album, recorded by the 'classic' line-up of Vincent Crane, John Du Cann and Paul Hammond. It is certainly, critically and commercially, their most successful album and often hailed as a classic of the progressive rock genre.

{ "Devil's Answer" might be the record for which Atomic Rooster are remembered, but it was their second album that posted warning that they were on the verge of creating something dazzling ,simply because the record itself is a thing of almost freakish beauty.

With only organist Vincent Crane surviving from the original lineup, and John Du Cann coming in to relieve him of some of the songwriting duties, Death Walks Behind You opens at a gallop and closes with a sprint. The title track is effectively spooky enough for any Hammer horror aficionado, all descending pianos and Psycho-screaming guitars, while "Gershatzer," a duet for organ and percussion, proves that new drummer Paul Hammond is more than a match for the departed Carl Palmer.


It's in between these dramatic bookends, however, that Rooster truly peak, with the stately "VUG," the pensive "Nobody Else," and the truly amazing "Tomorrow Night" (one of the scariest love songs ever let loose on the U.K. chart) all impressing. Crane's liner notes, incidentally, remind us that the album packed a different version of the hit, with an extended ending that descends into unimagined chaos ,a shocker for the pop kids, perhaps, but a fabulous bridge into the succeeding "7 Streets."


Possibly the best evidence for this being Atomic Rooster's masterpiece, however, comes not simply from what's on the album, but for what has been left off. An excellent repackaging and remastering job restores the original artwork in all its gatefold glory, but you'll search in vain for bonus tracks ,not because there were none to add, but because they simply wouldn't fit. Sit through Death Walks Behind You, after all, and you really won't need any more surprises. }
 AllMusic Review by Dave Thompson

Personnel

    John Du Cann : guitars, lead vocals, bass
    Vincent Crane: Hammond organ, backing vocals, piano
    Paul Hammond : drums, percussion


TRACKS

01. Death Walks Behind You (Du Cann, Crane) 7:28
02. Vug (Crane) 4:57
03. Tomorrow Night (Crane) 3:56
04. 7 Streets (Du Cann) 6:40
05. Sleeping for Years (Du Cann) 5:24
06. I Can't Take No More (Du Cann) 3:32
07. Nobody Else (Crane, Du Cann) 4:58
08. Gershatzer (Crane) 7:58


DEATH WALKS BEHIND YOU


Death Walks Behind You,
Death Walks Behind You,
Death Walks Behind You,
Death Walks Behind You.

Lock The Door, Switch The Light.
You'll Be So Afraid Tonight.
Hide Away From The Bad,
Count The Nine Lives That You Had.
Start To Scream, Shout For Help,
There Is No One By Your Side.

To Forget What Is Done,
Seems So Hard To Carry On.
Luck Is False, That It's Near,
Bring Yourself To Understand,
It's Your Fate, Or What's Cast,
Point a Finger At Yourself.

Death Walks Behind You,
Death Walks Behind You,
Death Walks Behind You,

Lock Your Door, Switch The Light,
You'll Be so Afraid Tonight.
Hide Away From The Bad,
Count The…
Start To Scream, Shout For Help,
There Is No One By Your Side.

To Forget What Is Done,
Seems So Hard To Carry On.
Seems So Hard To Carry On.
(Death Walks Behind You.)
Carry On.
(Death Walks Behind You.)
Death Walks Behind You.
Death Walks Behind You.

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