ATOMIC ROOSTER Nice 'n' Greasy|
Sanctuary CMQCD1004 (2004)
By the release of the band's fifth album, founder member and pianist Vincent Crane had thrown a lot of people. Not just in the complex personnel changes, but with his state of mind and change of musical direction alienated may fans and the press alike.
By the time Nice'n'Greasy appeared, the music was far from the progressive rock of a couple of years previous. Still hard rocking, opener ‘All Across The Country' features some soulful guitar, while ‘Save Me' is equally funk based.
Cane was now dropping soul names such as James Brown left right and centre, and Chris Farlowe's vocals handling this new soul/hard rock direction well.
The history of the release is complex, so go read the extensive sleevenotes if you're interested. But a new line-up, 3 sleeves, 2 track listings, and a single from the album a year before the LP was released is just a start.
It's still a great album but far from classic or essential Rooster.
Review by Joe Geesin
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