In Hearing of Atomic Rooster

In Hearing of
In Hearing of Atomic Rooster.jpg
Studio album by
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
In Hearing of
Made in England
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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).

Track listing

Original version

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

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

Personnel (North American Tour, 1971)


  • The New Musical Express Book of Rock, 1975, Star Books, ISBN 0-352-30074-4