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Made in England is the fourth album by British rock band Atomic Rooster. Although previously known for generally having a progressive rock style, this album saw the band moving in more of a funk/soul direction, largely influenced by new singer Chris Farlowe. Apart from founder member Vincent Crane, the album was recorded by an entirely different lineup to that of the band's prior effort, In Hearing of Atomic Rooster. Previous members John Du Cann and Paul Hammond had departed in protest at Crane's intended new musical direction.
In the UK and Germany, original copies of the LP came wrapped in an actual denim sleeve. Later pressings came in a standard art sleeve. In the US, the record was issued on Elektra in the standard sleeve. It was further reissued in Germany in 1977, this time in yet another new sleeve and retitled This is Atomic Rooster.
The only UK single from Made in England was "Stand by Me".
The third incarnation of English prog rockers, Atomic Rooster make their debut on Made in England (1972). The group began as a trio featuring former Crazy World of Arthur Brown member Vincent Crane (organ), Nick Graham (bass), and Carl Palmer (drums). After a few significant shuffles within the lineup, only Crane continued with the name, recruiting Colosseum co-founder and Mick Jagger protégé Chris Farlowe (vocals), and Ric Parnell (percussion) and Steve Bolton (guitars) as the next generation.
They have an edgy and somewhat brooding sound, recalling early Mott the Hoople discs such as the highly underrated Mad Shadows (1970). Much of the material reveals the quartet's slightly funky groove, such as the pulsating "Stand by Me," or the gospel-inflection on the spoken "Introduction," which prefaces the Crane instrumental "Breathless." Somewhat misplaced is the orchestration -- especially on "Time Take My Life" -- which tends to congest the otherwise driving arrangement. Parnell penned a pair of the finest contributions on Made in England, the slinky "Little Bit of Inner Air," as well as the Southern rock tinged "All in Satan's Name." The latter comes off like a blend of the Allman Brothers and Deep Purple.
Bolton supplies the power ballad "Never to Lose," as well as "Space Cowboy," which develops into an electric hoedown following a somewhat off-balance and synth-heavy keyboard intro. Bolton would be the next casualty of the combo, leading to the formation of the criminally underrated Headstone. A successful North American tour resulted in Made in England, which charted briefly in the U.S., and would be the final Atomic Rooster album to do so. The band would successfully continue under Crane's tutelage until the early '80s, when he joined up with a post-"Come on Eileen" Dexy's Midnight Runners.
Atomic Rooster was a British progressive-rock group formed in 1969 with an original lineup of Vincent Crane (organ), Nick Graham (bass), and Carl Palmer (drums). Their debut album, Atomic Rooster, hit number 49 in the U.K. in June 1970, after which Graham and Palmer left the group. Crane maintained the name and recruited guitarist/singer John Cann and drummer Paul Hammond for the second album, Death Walks Behind You, which hit number 12 in the U.K., where it featured the number 11 single "Tomorrow Night," and number 90 in the U.S. Pete French of Cactus assisted on the third album, In Hearing Of, which featured the number-four U.K. single "The Devil's Answer" and reached number 18 in England and number 167 in America. Then the group split up again, and again Crane assembled a new Atomic Rooster, this time featuring singer Chris Farlowe, guitarist Steve Bolton, bassist Bill Smith, and drummer Rick Parnell. Made in England reached number 149 in the U.S. in 1972, but the group had split again by 1974. Crane fronted lineups of Atomic Rooster into the '80s, before taking up with Dexys Midnight Runners in 1983. In 1989, he committed suicide.
01."Time Take My Life" (Crane) 6:01
02."Stand by Me" (Crane) 3:47
03."Little Bit of Inner Air" (Parnell) 2:39
04."Don't Know What Went Wrong" (Crane) 4:00
05."Never to Lose" (Bolton) 3:17
06."Breathless" (Crane) 4:51
07."Space Cowboy" (Bolton) 3:20
08."People You Can't Trust" (Crane) 3:53
09."All in Satan's Name" (Parnell) 4:44
10."Close Your Eyes" (Crane) 3:49
11."Stand By Me" (Crane) 3:24 - BBC Radio Session 1972
12."Breakthrough" (Crane/Pat Darnell) 3:07 - BBC Radio Session 1972
13."Save Me" aka "Friday the 13th" (Crane) 3:42 - BBC Radio Session 1972
14."Close Your Eyes" (Crane) 2:41 - BBC Radio Session 1972
15."Stand by Me" (Crane) 5:00 - Live in Concert 1972
16."People You Can't Trust" (Crane) 4:40 - Live in Concert 1972
17."All in Satan's Name" (Parnell) 4:01 - Live in Concert 1972
18."Devil's Answer" (Du Cann) 7:12 - Live in Concert 1972