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Friday, March 23, 2007

1971.05.17


Phonolog Reports – New Releases
Week of May 17, 1971

Caught my eye:

ATOMIC ROOSTER – Death Walks Behind You (Elektra EKS-74094) (CD)
BEGGAR’S OPERA
– Act One (Verve V6-5080)
MIKE HERON
– Smiling Men With Bad Reputations (Elektra EKS-74093) (CD)
LES McCANN & EDDIE HARRIS
– Second Movement (Atlantic SD 1583) (CD)
ROLLING STONES
– Sticky Fingers (Rolling Stones COC 5910) (CD)
UNCLE DIRTY
– Primer (Elektra EKS-74097) (LP)

I got the Atomic Rooster as soon as I found a cheap copy of it. I had an Elektra sampler LP from this month – so I heard all of the Elektra titles here, and bought quite a few of them (there were ones I didn’t list, notably “The Quinames Band”). This is the Mike Heron album with The Who guesting as “Tommy & The Bijoux” (on one track). The follow-up to McCann/Harris' “Swiss Movement”. And a decent Rolling Stones LP, their first for Atlantic. The debut Beggar’s Opera LP, licensed from Vertigo records in England. Uncle Dirty is a stand-up comedian.

Also of interest:

NAZZ – Nazz III (SGC SD 5004)
O.S.T.
– Melody (Bee Gees etc.) (Atco SD 33-363)
TONTO’S EXPANDING HEAD BAND
– Zero Time (Embryo SD 732)
STEVE WINWOOD
– self-titled, double LP collection (U.A. UAS 9950)

We forget – Todd R. was ‘Nazz’ well into the 70’s. An ‘iffy’ Bee Gees / various artists soundtrack. Strange electronic LP from T.E.H.B. And a Winwood compilation, with Traffic and Spencer Davis Group material (likely cashing in on Winwood’s success with both Blind Faith and Traffic’s success after leaving U.A. (in the US) to go with the U.S. Island label licensee, Capitol Records.

Notable singles:

ALICE COOPER – Hallowed Be Thy Name b/w Caught In A Dream (Warner 7490)
EDGAR WINTER
– Where Would I Be (Epic 5-10750)

Not a huge week for singles – a non-hit Alice Cooper title and a pre-“Frankenstein” Edgar Winter 45.


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2 Comments:

Blogger Karl said...

Tell me more about this Atomic Rooster.

Southern fried funk?

11:03 PM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

British hard rock, early 70's - most famous for giving the world Carl Palmer (later of Emerson lake & Palmer). The group was lead by Vincent Crane, who had been the organ player for The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - but - instead of Brown's psychedelia, Atomic Rooster was 'hard stuff'. Decent enough early 70's hard rock - long before the phrase 'heavy metal' pertained to music.

8:36 PM  

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