In Hearing of Atomic Rooster

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In Hearing of
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1971
RecordedSummer 1971
LabelPegasus (original UK release)
Elektra (original USA release)
Philips (original European release)
Repertoire (1990 & 1995 German CD reissues)
ProducerVincent Crane & Atomic Rooster
Atomic Rooster chronology
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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. 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).

The album reached #45 in Canada.[1]

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) 6:00
  2. "Head in the Sky" (Cann) 5:38
  3. "The Rock" (Crane) 4:31
  4. "The Price" (Crane, Darnell) 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


Atomic Rooster

Personnel (North American Tour, 1971)[edit]


  1. ^ "RPM Top 100 Albums - February 5, 1972" (PDF).