British label Esoteric Recordings has announced the release of “Sleeping for Years,” a 4-CD boxed of music by proto-progressive rock band Atomic Rooster. The collection comes in a clamshell packaging featuring all the recordings made by Atomic Rooster on the classic albums Atomic Rooster, Death Walks Behind You, In Hearing of Atomic Rooster, Made In England and Nice n’ Greasy aas well as singles “Tomorrow Night” and “Devil’s Answer.”
Atomic Rooster was formed by former Crazy World of Arthur Brown members Vincent Crane and Carl Palmer. Their self-titled first album was recorded in 1970 with Nick Graham on bass, vocals & flute, but the band soon fractured when Carl Palmer departed to join Emerson Lake and Palmer. In his place came Paul Hammond on drums and guitarist and vocalist John Du Cann. This line-up recorded the successful hit singles Tomorrow Night & Devil’s Answer and the album Death Walks Behind You in 1971. Later that year, vocalist Pete French was added to the their line-up for the classic album In Hearing of Atomic Rooster.
Covering every track released by the band in the 1970s, Sleeping For Years is a newly re-mastered collection and also features six rare alternate versions and demos.
The boxed set includes an illustrated booklet with a new essay by Malcolm Dome featuring exclusive interviews with Nick Graham, Pete French, Steve Bolton and Chris Farlowe.
Buy Sleeping For Years ~ The Studio Recordings: 1970-1974 in Europe
Buy Sleeping for Years in the rest of the world.