In Hearing of Atomic Rooster

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In Hearing of
In Hearing of Atomic Rooster.jpg
Studio album by Atomic Rooster
Released August 1971
Recorded Summer 1971
Genre Progressive rock, hard rock
Length 41:24
Label Pegasus (original UK release)
Elektra (original USA release)
Philips (original European release)
Repertoire (1990 & 1995 German CD reissues)
Producer Vincent Crane & Atomic Rooster
Atomic Rooster chronology
Death Walks Behind You
(1970)Death Walks Behind You1970
In Hearing of
Made in England
(1972)Made in England1972
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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. 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. In addition, many of the songs were written by Crane, along with his first wife, Pat Darnell.

Track listing[edit]

Original version[edit]

Side one

  1. "Breakthrough" (Vincent Crane, Pat Darnell) 6:18
  2. "Break the Ice" (John Cann) 4:59
  3. "Decision/Indecision" (Crane, Darnell) 3:50
  4. "A Spoonful of Bromide Helps the Pulse Rate Go Down" (Crane) 4:38

Side two

  1. "Black Snake" (Crane, Darnell) 5:59
  2. "Head in the Sky" (Cann) 5:38
  3. "The Rock" (Crane) 4:31
  4. "The Price" (Crane) 5:16

Original U.S. Version[edit]

Side one

  1. "Breakthrough"
  2. "Break the Ice"
  3. "Decision/Indecision"
  4. "A Spoonful of Bromide Helps the Pulse Rate Go Down"
  5. "Devil's Answer" - U.S. Version with Pete French Overdubbed Vocals

Side two

  1. " Black Snake"
  2. " Head in the Sky"
  3. "The Rock"
  4. "The Price"

1990 (and 1995 remastered Digipack) Repertoire Records CD reissue bonus track[edit]

  1. "Devil's Answer" (Cann) 3.28 - original single version 1971

2004 Castle Music CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Devil's Answer" (Cann) 3:28 - US version with overdubbed Pete French vocals 1971
  2. "Breakthrough" 7:20 - Live in Concert 1972
  3. "A Spoonful of Bromide Helps the Pulse Rate Go Down" 4:46 - Live in Concert 1972

2001 Akarma Records unlicensed CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Devil's Answer" (Cann) 3.28 - original single version 1971
  2. "Breakthrough" (Crane/Darnell) 6:10 - Live in Concert 1972
  3. "Stand by Me" (Crane) 4:57 - as above
  4. "People You Can't Trust" (Crane) 4:29 - as above
  5. "All in Satan's Name" (Ric Parnell) 3:56 - as above
  6. "Devil's Answer" (Cann) 5:39 - as above

Personnel (original album)[edit]

Personnel (North American Tour, 1971)[edit]