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Number 75

Atomic Rooster - Devil's Answer (BC Records CB 157 - 1971)

Although the LP was the main domain of British Prog Rock bands in the late Sixties and early Seventies, the 45rpm single format did provide some of the less stubborn bands with one or two lucrative hits. The three-piece Atomic Rooster scored a couple of those hits, Tomorrow Night in January 1971 which reached number 11 and then again with Devil’s Answer in June of the same year which reached number 4, being the band's biggest hit. The band was led by former Crazy World of Arthur Brown keyboard player Vincent Crane and was notable for having drummer Carl Palmer in its ranks before he joined Keith Emerson and Greg Lake to form Emerson Lake and Palmer. Devil's Answer was recorded and released after Palmer's departure with the new line up of Vincent Crane on keyboards, John du Cann on guitar and Paul Hammond on drums.