Atomic Rooster – Germershein (1972)

FrontCover1The second British Rock Meeting was suppose to take place on Friesenheimer Island in Mannheim, Germany; however, the Mannheim city council opposed it and MAMA Concerts had to change the venue. The early posters still show Mannheim as the festival location. As can be seen on the left, the original poster was done in blue, with Mannheim as the venue, new posters were printed in red after the promoters found an alternate site to hold the festival. MAMA Concerts first tried to relocate the festival to Korsika and then to the racetrack in Hockenheim but strong reaction from the city councils made these sites unacceptable.

After much searching, the concert promoters were finally able to relocate the festival to Insel Grün (Green Island) in Germersheim. Even then, it looked like the festival would not happen as Germersheim city officials began having second thoughts about allowing so a large festival to be held on Insel Grün and issued a police order against the festival the day prior to its start. City officials relented however after eleventh hour talks with the festival organizers, the mayor of Germersheim, and a top Rheinland Pfalz state official.

Over 70,000 people attended this 4-day festival and 35 bands performed there, including Pink Floyd, Uriah Heep, Status Quo, Lindisfarne, and of course, Rory Gallagher.

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And this is a real good audience tape from the Atomic Rooster (feat. Chris Farlowe !) show at Germersheim 1972.

The Atomic Rooster line-up featuring Pete French on vocals, Steve Bolton on guitar, Ric Parnell on drums, and Crane on keyboards toured Italy, right across America and Canada. This line-up ended their international tour to appear at a benefit gig in September 1971 at the Oval cricket ground, appearing in front of some 65,000 people, supporting The Faces and The Who. After this concert, French moved on to sign with Atlantic records and joined the American rock band Cactus. In February 1972, Crane recruited vocalist Chris Farlowe, at that time with Colosseum, to take the place of French. They went on tour and recorded their first album together in spring 1972. They released the album Made in England along with the single “Stand by Me”, on Dawn Records. They were more into soul at this point, and the progressive and heavy rock leanings from the other releases had receded. The single did not chart and the album just barely caught any attention, but touring followed through. (by wikipedia)

Here´s the soul of Atomic Rooster !

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Personnel:
Steve Bolton (guitar)
Vincent Crane (keyboards, synthesizer)
Chris Farlowe (vocals)
Ric Parnell (drums , percussion)

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 Tracklist:
01. Breakthrough (Crane/Darnell) 7.42
02. Save Me (Crane) 5.40
03. A Spoonful Of Bromide Helps (Crane) 4.53
04. Black Snake (Crane/Darnell) 8.15
05. Stand By Me (Crane) 5.09
06. Devil’s Answer (Cann) 8.08
07. Gershatzer (Crane) 15:48

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