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The RockIt Scientist is a very diverse music programme that features Progressive/ Hard/ Classic Rock, Blues, Brass Rock, Latin/ African Rock, Jazz and Metal music.

As "non-commercial/ non-Top 40" music ranging from the mid sixties to the present day is featured, the intention is to cater for the more discerning music listener, with no age limits or restrictions imposed or implied. An open mind and a love of music is mandatory!

The programme, which is broadcast on 1485am Radio Today, every Friday evening between 10pm and 1am, is presented by Leon Economides, who has worked with radio greats such as Tony Sanderson (Chuckle and Chat Show on Radio 5), Chris Prior (The Priority Feature on Radio 5), Phil Wright (The Dinosaur Days on 5fm), and Rafe Lavine (Rock Classics and The Great Unknowns on Radio 5, and the original RockIt Scientists on SAfm).

Radio Today is also available nationwide on the DStv Audio Channel 70.

The RockIt Scientist went live on air on Wednesday the 31st August 2005.

In Other News

Astral Daze
Psychedelic South African Rock 1968-1972

Astral Daze

A new Retrofresh compilation has just been released. 'Astral Daze - Psychedelic South African Rock 1968-1972' features 18 classic, rare and obscure tracks (16 of which have never previously officially been released on CD before). This CD was compiled by Benjy Mudie and Brian Currin with major input from SA rock collector Tertius Louw.

  1. The Whip - Suck
  2. Astral III - The Invaders
  3. The Boy And The Bee - Omega Limited
  4. Straight Ahead - Otis Waygood
  5. My Back Feels Light/What Can You Say - Abstract Truth
  6. The Eagle Has Landed - Dickie Loader with Freedom's Children
  7. You Keep Me Hanging On - The Flames
  8. Blurry Visions - Buzzard
  9. Fire - The Third Eye
  10. Predictions - Hawk
  11. Kafkasque - Freedom's Children
  12. Blue Machines and Dreams - Bryan Miller's Destruction
  13. The Mad Professor - John and Philipa Cooper
  14. Cathy Come Home - The Fireflies
  15. Morning Light - Tidal Wave
  16. Race With The Devil - The Bats
  17. Magic Dragon - The Idiots
  18. Birds Flying High - McCully Workshop

Get it online here or from Sugar Music / Mabu Vinyl in Cape Town. Phone Sugar at 021-423-7635.
Rare Earth - Rare Earth

Rare Earth

Great Funky Swamp Rock (5 stars)
by Brian Currin

This imaginatively titled album is a collection of greatest hits re-recorded by the 2004 line-up of Gil Bridges, Randy Burghdoff, Ivan Greilick, Mike Bruner and Floyd Stokes. I emailed Gil Bridges in December 2005 and this was his reply: "The recording is the current band the exact way the show is played today." So if you are looking for a compilation of Rare Earth originals then this is not it.

However, as much as I normally dislike albums that feature tracks "re-recorded by at least one member of the original group", especially if it was only the tambourine player, this is a wonderful CD featuring Rare Earth classics given a new lease on life. All these songs are just so funky and they really groove and stand up well against the originals.

I downloaded the whole album (legally from eMusic.com) and I really don't regret it. 'Get Ready' features a drum solo and is my favourite song off this album, but all of them are great.


1. Big Brother [5:14]
2. Born To Wander [7:03]
3. Papa Was A Rolling Stone [7:01]
4. Ma [7:32]
5. Tobacco Road [7:44]
6. Losin' You [12:41]
7. Get Ready [13:31]
8. I Just Want To Celebrate [6:36]
9. Big John [7:45]

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Finally, the 4th RockIt Scientist newsletter, and the first for 2006!

I trust you had a great Christmas and that 2006 is a safe and prosperous year for you, and that your dreams, goals and aspirations come to fruition.

Contents of this newsletter include feedback, upcoming bands/artists you can expect to hear on RockIt Scientist shows in the weeks to come, info about new CD and DVD releases, my recommended (top!) CD's and DVD's of 2005, plus a few other odds and sods, including info on the proposed RockIt Scientist compilations, magazines, music reference books, CD/DVD stores and similar radio shows in South Africa.

Firstly, please note that, due to time constraints (aka ''being away on leave"!) the band and album write-ups for the weeks 28 to 30 December and 04 to 06 Jan have not been posted on the website just yet. The playlists have been posted on the site, however, so if you're interested to at least see who/what was featured in the meantime, please click on the "Playlists" button. The write-ups will follow shortly.

Keep those Top 30 albums of all-time lists coming (send them via the "Contact" page, where they can later be viewed on the "Feedback" page). If you'd like to add anything to your lists (top guitarists, bass players, etc, etc), please feel free. By the way, if you don't have 30 favorites, or if you have MORE than 30, no problemsh. Send!

Remember that, although The RockIt Scientist is not really a request programme, you're still welcome to email me any suggestions/requests you may have, and if they go with the flow, I'll see what I can do.

I mentioned in the previous newsletter that I've been getting stacks of requests for more horn/brass rock bands, which is music to my ears! Oddly enough, I've had more requests to hear other material from The Ides of March and Cold Blood than I've had for ANY of the "better" known brass/horn rock bands such as Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago or Chase! Playing tracks from that new(ish) double live "Beware! The Ides of March" and Cold Blood's new "Transfusion" album a few times on air obviously did the trick! Funny, that, the power of radio, when you introduce "new/different" music to the people and you give THEM the opportunity to make up their OWN minds about what they do or don't want to hear. Ok..ok - let's not go down THAT road again (not just yet, anyway!!)

Say what you will: there's just no substitute for good, classy, quality music that's REAL and HONEST!


Ides of March and Cold Blood aside, I gotta tell you that the reaction to Pat Boone's jazzed up version of AC/DC's "It's a Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n Roll)" (playlist 21 Dec to 23 Dec) was nothing short of fantastic! His "In a Metal Mood - No More Mr. Nice Guy" album, in which he covers many well-known hard rock/metal classics, caused a bit of a stir when it came out in 1997. In the weeks/months to come, you can expect to hear his fantastic versions of Dio's ''Holy Diver" and Purple's "Smoke On The Water".

On the subject of Deep Purple, their new album, "Rapture of The Deep", which was featured on the playlist 16 and 18 November, was very well received and would appear to be a favorite amongst RockIt Scientist listeners (both of them, yours truly included! Only kidding!). Ditto the bit above about REAL music.

The mini NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) feature (30 Nov to 02 Dec) certainly rattled a few cages, but it went down a storm, so you can definitely expect to hear much more from Saxon, Samson, Iron Maiden, Demon, Tygers of Pan Tang and many others in the future. For those of you that are a tad long in the tooth and are too afraid to headbang and let your hair down (all seven strands of it), Prestik is a good way of keeping those teeth intact and in place.

As you should know by now, The RockIt Scientist tries to cater for most musical tastes, hence the journey into the world of jazz fusion/jazz rock (week 07 Dec to 09 Dec). Let's face it: there are literally tens of thousands of great guitarists, jazz, rock or blues, as there are drummers, bassists, etc, etc, but very few come even close to the likes of Al Di Meola, Billy Cobham, Jaco Pastorius, Chic Corea and others. Yep, you guessed it: you'll definitely be hearing more jazz fusion and jazz rock on The RockIt Scientist.

A first for The RockIt Scientist was, brace yourself now, a one hour 70's Disco Christmas show, broadcast at 22H00, on 1485am Radio Today, on Christmas day!

70's DISCO??? Yes, why not? There was some great stuff in the mid to late 70's, and, most importantly, they used REAL instruments, not machines and computers programmed by some geek who wouldn't know what a real drum or drummer looked like if Ginger Baker gave him a crack around the earhole with a snare drum. And besides, Phil Wright and I had many 70's disco shows on the Dinosaur Days on 5fm, as did Rafe Lavine and I on the original RockIt Scientists on SAfm, always to a great response.

I asked my nephew, Aris Binikos, who, in his early 20's, has more knowledge and passion of and about the 70's disco scene than many of the older radio and club jocks nearly twice his age, to join me in presenting the show. Aris brought in Tavares, Donna Summer, Barry White, Gloria Gaynor and a whole bunch of others and we had a great show! Cavall (our engineer, who is a famed dancer and Disco Duck to boot) was in his element! It was Aris' first time ever on air, and, apart from ageing about ten years, he did very well!

We may make it a regular once-a-month show, but you'll be given ample warning so that you can get your toilet heels out of storage, starch your patterned shirt with the fat collar, brush up on your John Travolta moves and blow-dry those seven strands which, by now, must be taking serious strain. Quick setting glue may be an option here.

On the subject of Rafe, many people have asked me what he's been up to ever since SAfm decided that the station would be better off without the services of someone who knew more about music and broadcasting than most of their other announcers combined:

You'll be pleased to know that he's is back on air again - he now presents a show on Classic 102.7fm on Saturday afternoons. He has also, for the past couple of years or so, owned and run a hardware business called "McGyver's" in the Summerfield Centre in Boskruin, (he, in fact, bought the store when he was still with SAfm back in 2002/2003), so if you'd like to get in touch with him, give him a call on (011) 792-9892.

Rosemary Royeppen, who presents her own daily midday show on 1485am Radio Today, has been very supportive of The RockIt Scientist. She's also been very keen and open to assist in promoting some of the very promising musical talent that we have in South Africa (you know the type: the type that keep getting knocked down and rejected by the larger radio stations such as 5fm and 94.7fm because they "don't fit our format").

In what we hope may become a regular feature on our respective shows, Rosemary and I had live interviews, on her show, with bands and artists such as Clint & Co, Mel Botes, and RAN, all of whom have been largely ignored by the aforementioned radio stations.

On behalf of the artists/bands in question, I would like to thank Dr. Ivan May and station manager Sanele Sobantwana for gladly allowing tracks from Clint & Co, Mel Botes, RAN and other South African bands to be playlisted on 1485am Radio Today.

Top/Recommended CDs and DVDs of 2005


Note that some albums are new releases, others are re-issues or albums acquired in 2005

30). Arena - Pepper's Ghost (Verglas Music)

29). Time Machine - A Vertigo Retrospective (Triple compilation) (Mercury Records)

28). Nektar - Evolution (Eclectic Discs)

27). Demon - Better The Devil You Know (Spaced Out Music)

26). Nightwish - Once (Nuclear Blast Records)

25). Seventh Key - Live in Atlanta (Frontiers Records)

24). Robin Trower - Living Out Of Time - Live (Ruf Records)

23). Tony Martin - Scream (Frontiers Records)

22). Leslie West - Got Blooze (Blues Bureau International)

21). Judas Priest - Angel of Retribution (Epic Records)

20). Iron Maiden - Death On The Road (EMI Records)

19). Magnum - On a Storyteller's Night (Sanctuary Records) (Re-issue)

18). Lana Lane - Lady Macbeth (Frontiers Records)

17). Iommi - Fused (Sanctuary Records)

16). Birth Control - Alsatian (Maximum Desaster Records)

15). Dream Theatre - Octavarium (Atlantic Records)

14). Bruce Dickinson - Tyranny of Souls (Sanctuary Records)

13). Porcupine Tree - Deadwing (Lava Records)

12). Ides of March - Beware the Ides of March Live! (Ides of March Records)

11). Neal Morse - ? (InsideOut Records)

10). Chicago - Live at Carnegie Hall (Rhino Records) (Re-Issue)

09). Pendragon - Believe (Pendragon Toff Records)

08). Soul Sirkus - World Play (Frontiers Records)

07). Mostly Autumn - Storms Over Still Waters (Mostly Autumn Records)

06). Thunder - The Magnificent Seventh (Frontiers Records)

05). Gov't Mule - Deja Voodoo (Evangeline Records)

04). Malo - En Vivo/Live (EMI Latin Records)

03). Cold Blood - Transfusion (DIG Music)

02). Pallas - The Dreams of Men (InsideOut Records)

01). Deep Purple - Rapture of The Deep (Edel Records)


(Some re-issues, some not quite 2005 releases!)

20). Ozric Tentacles - Live at The Pongmaster's Ball (Snapper Music)

19). Gentle Giant - Giant On The Box (DRT Entertainment)

18). Seventh Key - Live in Atlanta (Frontiers)

17). Threshold - Critical Energy (InsideOut Music)

16). Nektar - Live In Germany 2005 (SPV)

15). Magnum - Livin' The Dream (SPV)

14). Triumph - A Night of Triumph Live (TML Entertainment)

13). Living Loud - Live at Sydney Fox Studios 2004 (EMI)

12). Carl Verheyen Band - Live in LA (Provogue Music)

11). Doobie Brothers - Live at Wolftrap (Sanctuary)

10). Anna Vissi - Live! (Columbia)

09). Judas Priest - Rising In The East (Warner Music Vision)

08). Lynyrd Skynyrd - The Vicious Cycle Tour (Sanctuary)

07). Krautrock Meeting - Various (SPV)

06). Rush - R30 (Anthem Music)

05). Molly Hatchet - Live in Hamburg (SPV)

04). Mostly Autumn - At The Grand Opera House (Classic Rock)

03). Blackmore's Night - Castles and Dreams (SPV)

02). Cream - Royal Albert Hall, May 2005 (Warner Music Vision)

01). Earth, Wind & Fire/Chicago - Live at The Greek (Sony/BMG)


As always, thanks to webmaster Brian Currin, who wastes no time in posting the playlists on the website.

Bands/artists you can expect to hear/read about on the show/website in the not too distant future include Manfred Mann's Earthband, Jade Warrior, Dando Shaft, Pentangle, Damnation, Rhinoceros and the usual smattering of stuff nobody's ever heard of, including those stunning Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Swedish, etc bands with the unpronounceable names and song titles. As you no doubt by now know, the aim of The RockIt Scientist show and website is to cater for most musical tastes. If the music's good, we'll play it!


If you have details of any forthcoming gigs or happenings, please let us know and we'll do what we can to help by punting them for you. If you are a venue owner/manager, please provide us with address and contact numbers, as well as band/artist line-ups, dates, cover charge, etc.

If you're in a band and would like your gigs mentioned on the show, please email me your details/dates, etc at least a week, if possible, before the gig(s).

Gig info can be found on the RockIt Scientist website's "Gigs page".

Remember that, from a coverage perspective, The RockIt Scientist is broadcast on 1485am Radio Today between 21H30 and 23H30 every Wednesday and the same show is repeated on the following Friday between 22H30 and 00H30. The show can also be accessed via the DStv audio channel 70.

New Releases

As always, thanks to Wayne Hampton at Compact Discovery, Edenvale, Sean Longley at Compact Disc Wherehouse, The Zone, Rosebank, Kenny Tlale at Sheer, Duncan Shelwell and Debbie Moore at Gallo, Bojan Andrejevic at Sony/BMG and Rui de Sousa at Hi Fidelity, Killarney Mall for some great new music and dvds.

The following are just a few of the many new releases you can hear on The RockIt Scientist.


Chicago - Live at Carnegie Hall (Rhino Records)

This fantastic four lp set, complete with posters, booklet and a drawing of New York's famous Carnegie Hall, was originally released in 1971. The albums were recorded during a week in April 1971 and the band were close to their peak. This fine set captured them at their best! Rhino Records have, over the past three years or so, been re-releasing most of Chicago's earlier material in a remastered format, with extra tracks, new photo's and new liner notes. Most of these re-releases have done justice to this legendary band's name, but the re-release of Live at Carnegie Hall has to be the best of them all! Complete with the same posters, booklet, photos and other goodies that came with the original box set, they've included an extra CD with bonus tracks as well. Not the cheapest CD you'll ever buy, but certainly worth every cent!

Pendragon - "Believe" (Pendragon Toff Records)

Pendragon are one of England's best and classiest progressive bands. Their roots go back to the early-to-mid 80's when they were formed by bass player Peter Gee and guitarist Nick Barrett, a man blessed with a unique and great voice. In the early years they were compared to bands like Marillion, but they soon developed their own style and they've released quite a few albums since their debut in 1984. "Believe" is undoubtedly one of their strongest and best offerings to date. (The album was featured on The RockIt Scientist on 19th October. Barrett has a great voice, as already stated - he's not too shabby a guitarist either!)


Keef Hartley Band - "The Time Is Near" and ''Overdog" (both on Eclectic Discs)

Eclectic Discs is a very good and relatively new English label that's re-releasing some really classic albums. These two albums by the Keef Hartley Band were originally released on lp in 1970 and 1971 respectively, and on compact disc in the early 90's. Both have been remastered and sound fantastic, and there are apparently plans to re-issue all seven albums by this legendary UK jazz/blues/horn rock outfit who were led by the eccentric drummer. Pity there aren't any bonus/extra tracks, though (apart from the single version of "Roundabout" on "Overdog", which, by the way, was one of the featured tracks on the second Dinosaur Days CD, released in 2000).


Atomic Rooster - Atomic Rooster (Angel Air Records)

The "missing piece" of the Atomic Rooster catalogue has finally been released on CD in its original form (although most of the tracks have previously appeared on many of the Rooster compilations that've been released over the years). The album, which was originally released in 1980, was essentially a "come-back" album which featured founder and vocalist/keyboard player Vincent Crane, back together with guitarist/vocalist John Du Cann (the two had previously featured on the classic "Death Walks Behind You" and ''In Hearing Of", in the early 70's, with drummer Paul Hammond. Hammond and Du Cann left the band under a cloud and later formed Daemon, which evolved into Bullet and then Hard Stuff. Crane continued with the band, albeit with a totally new line-up - Chris Farlowe, ex-Colosseum on vocals, for one!). Drummer Preston Heyman joins Crane and Du Cann on this CD which, whilst not being as memorable as the two previously mentioned albums, certainly had its moments. Vincent Crane, after all, could do very little wrong in my eyes!


Neal Morse - ? (InsideOut Records)

The title of his new album is not a typo - it really is just "?"! One of Spock's Beard's founding members, vocalist/guitarist/keyboard player Neal Morse embarked on a solo career when he left the Beard a few years ago and, quite frankly, it was probably the best thing he could have done. With Spock's Beard he was great - on his own, he's sensational! His songwriting has always been one of his major strengths, but he seems to have got better and better now that he's on his own. Musically, he's moved in a Christian progressive rock direction, and joining him on this album is Dream Theatre drummer Mike Portnoy and bass player Randy George. Whilst you're at it, check out his other solo stuff - the man's a genius and a talent of note!

Pallas - "The Dreams of Men" (InsideOut Records)

Scottish progressive rock outfit Pallas existed for a few short years in the early-to-mid 80's and released three albums, two of them on EMI Records, before fading in the late 80's. They resurfaced in the 90's and released the brilliant ''Beat The Drum", which was an excellent return for a band that just seemed to vanish from the scene. Subsequent releases have been as good and it would appear that Pallas are finally receiving the acclaim that eluded them in the mid 80's. This latest offering, however, has to be their BEST ever! It takes the band a while to release an album, but when they do, it's class and quality throughout. One or two people may feel that a lot of prog bands tend to sound the same, which is probably true of many types of music, but with bands like Pallas around, who, together with Pendragon, always come up with something that's exciting, fresh and new, prog rock will continue to be a popular form of music. "The Dreams Of Men" was featured on The RockIt Scientist on 14 December 2005.

Visit www.pallasdirect.co.uk

Budgie - Radio Sessions 1974 & 1978 (Noteworthy Productions Ltd)

There was hardly an abundance of live releases from one of Wales' finest bands during the early to late 70's. In fact, there were no official live Budgie recordings during the days that they were recording with either MCA , A & M or RCA Records, which was quite unusual for a band as respected and as well known as Budgie. Since then, however, a number of live albums such as "In Concert", "We Came, We Saw, We Conquered", "Heavier Than Air" and "Life in San Antonio", have surfaced, although in some cases the recordings have been a tad dodgy, to say the least. This latest double CD features two different recordings, one from Global Village, London, in 1974, just when the band had completed their "In For The Kill" album with new drummer Pete Boot (together with bassist/vocalist Burke Shelley and guitarist Tony Bourge), and the other from a live recording from Los Angeles in 1978, where the band had been touring, supporting their "Impeckable" album with new drummer Steve Williams and second guitarist Myf Issac. The quality of the 1974 recording isn't that fantastic, whereas the 1978 recording is great. Either way, any live material from this exciting hard rocking trio is a bonus.

Visit the official Budgie website: www.budgie.uk.com for more info and to order this and other albums and memorabilia.

More new CD releases in the next newsletter.


Traffic - The Last Great Traffic Jam (Sony/BMG)

A must for Traffic fans! This dvd features music from performances recorded during a US tour in the mid 90's. Stevie Winwood and Jim Capaldi revived the band and played more than 75 shows to more than 500,000 people. Late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia appears on a great version of ''Dear Mr. Fantasy", and many classic Traffic tracks such as "Medicated Goo", ''Glad" and "John Barleycorn" are featured.

Molly Hatchet - Live in Hamburg (SPV)

Power stuff from a seriously powerful band! Southern Rock outfit Molly Hatchet are very popular in Germany, as is very evident in this fantastic double DVD which features guitarist Bobby Ingram and the guys belting out all the Molly Hatchet classics such as ''Whiskey Man", "Beatin' The Odds" and "Fall Of The Peacemakers". Ingram is the only remaining "old school" member of Molly Hatchet and he's kept the Southern flag flying proudly. DVD 2 features an interview with Bobby Ingram plus other bonus material.

Gentle Giant - Giant On The Box (DRT Entertainment)

If you enjoy bands like Spock's Beard, Enchant and others, you need to become acquainted with Gentle Giant, one of England's best ever prog bands. Very quirky at times, they were musically and lyrically brilliant, with each member playing a variety of instruments. They were also very well known for their vocal harmonies. This double DVD, released on co-founding member Derek Shulman's DRT label, features footage from German TV (1974) and a US TV performance (1975) plus an assortment of other rarities and interviews. Gentle Giant DVDs are rare, as is live footage - grab this one whilst you can!

Judas Priest - Rising In The East (Warner Music Vision)

With Halford, and it's about time! Judas Priest IS HEAVY METAL! Very few bands can match their intensity and power. Recorded live in Japan on their "Angel Of Retribution" tour earlier this year, this single DVD features the classic Priest twin axe attack of Glenn Tipton and KK Downing, bass player Ian Hill, drummer Scott Travers and Rob Halford, back where he belongs, on vocals. "Metal Gods", "You Got Another Thing Coming", "Turbo Lover", all the biggies are there, delivered with a force that'll knock you sideways! Their roots go back to the sixties, they've influenced literally hundreds of other bands, and they're still going strong today. The Priest is Back!

Rush - R30 (Anthem Music)

When you watch this awesome double DVD (also released as a double cd/double dvd combo, but you'd have to take the bottles back for a few years to pay THAT off!), it becomes crystal clear as to why Rush were awarded the title of official Ambassadors of Music by the Canadian Government in the late 70's. Geddy Lee, Neil Peart and Alex Lifeson have been together since the mid 70's and they are unquestionably one of the most respected rock outfits in the world. This DVD is far better, sound quality-wise, than the previous "Rush In Rio" DVD which came out awhile back. Musically, they are flawless and totally professional - this certainly is a must-have for any rock music fan. Recorded during their 30 Anniversary World (read: Everywhere else except South Africa!)Tour, the intro alone is worth the price! Stunning packaging, stunning music, stunning band. Get this DVD!

More new DVD releases in the next newsletter.

Bits and Pieces

CD Compilations

During the latter part of 2004, Rafe and I had intentions and plans to release at least four or five RockIt Scientist compilations (ballads/hard rock/prog rock/blues and Latin rock) when SAfm pulled the plug on Rafe's show and The RockIt Scientists, at very short notice. Negotiations with various parties regarding financing, track rights, cover design, printing and the like were at an advanced stage at the time, but we certainly hadn't anticipated the canning of the show, never mind at such short notice! The record companies who had expressed an interest in the project also subsequently pulled the plug as they were reluctant to go ahead without the backing of a radio show to promote the release of the CD's, which is understandable.

Fortunately 1485am Radio Today came to the rescue in September 2005 with the new RockIt Scientist show and I'm very happy to announce that the CD compilation project is back on track and we hope to have the first CD out within the next four months or so.

Thank you to interested people for your patience! More news to follow soon.


The UK's prestigious monthly Classic Rock magazine is undoubtedly one of the classiest and finest music magazines in the world. It's packed with expertly written new CD/DVD/Music Book reviews, articles, special offers, gigs, adverts and the like. The magazine has been around for a number of years and it's built up a reputation as being THE most respected music mag amongst music aficionados.

Contact: classicrock@futurenet.co.uk

Tel: 0207 317 2600

Fax: 0207 317 2686


Rock Record 7, by Terry Hounsome, is possibly the most comprehensive and informative music reference book you're likely to find anywhere. Visit www.recordresearcher.com for downloads and more information about ordering this unbelievable piece of work that's invaluable to any record collector/music lover. You'll be astounded as to the amount of effort and research that's gone into his work. RockRom 10 CD-ROM is also now available.

Music/DVD Stores

Contact Wayne Hampton at Compact Discovery, Edenvale (011)609-0624 or 0837980525 for the more obscure and hard to find music you'll hear on The RockIt Scientist. If he doesn't have what you're looking for, he can certainly try and get it for you.

Look & Listen stores nationwide are also good places to source great music and music DVDs, especially.

Mabu Vinyl is one of Cape Town's best music stores and is situated in the city opposite the Long Street Baths at the top of Long Street. Here you can find a wide range of new and second hand LP's, 7" and 12" singles, CD's, DVD's, videos, music cassettes, magazines, books and more. Mabu also stocks a full range of the RetroFresh catalogue, some Rhythm Records titles (i.e. Fokofpolisiekar), as well as harder to find SA CD's like Sharkbrother, Off The Edge, BlueScream and a large range of current releases by SA independent artists like The Wild Eyes, Captain Stu and the Llamas, Mind Assault, Polstar, Lark and others. We also buy records, CDs and DVD's. Contact Stephen Segerman of Sugar Music with any requests or questions at the shop (021 423-7635) or email mabu@sugarmusic.co.za

Collectible/rare cd junkies in the Knysna area can visit The CD Hut, Shop 27/28, Pledge Street Square, 48 Main Road, Knysna. Contact Steve and Anne De Meuse on 044-382-5939 or knysnacdhut@yahoo.com. If you happen to visit this beautiful part of the country, The CD Hut is a great place to browse through if you're looking for that elusive CD or DVD. Steve, Jeff and Anne are very knowledgeable and friendly and will no doubt be able to introduce you to some great music.

(Note: the store opens at 9.30am and closes at around 4.00pm, Mondays thru Fridays. Saturdays until around 1.30pm).

If you're in Cape Town, visit "Vibes Vinyl". This is a vinyl-only shop, run and owned by Alan Hilton, a respected and very knowledgeable vinyl and music collector. Alan also owns "Vibes", one of the country's best music stores.

(Contact 021-683-5676 or vibesvinyl@mweb.co.za)

For great second hand and new CD's, DVD's, LP's and Videos, visit "MicOgram" in Northcliff (Pick 'n Pay Centre, Beyers Naude Drive & Milner Street, Northcliff, Gauteng. Tel: (011) 782-4275 - Derek) or at FNB Bank City, shop C11, I First Place, FNB Bank City, Simmonds Street, Joburg City, Gauteng. Tel: (011) 492-2975. or 0833013234 - Jeff)

(CD's/LP's/DVD's/Videos also urgently needed!)


Tune in to Benjy Mudie ("Rock of Ages" on Radio 2000), on Thursday evenings between 20H00 and midnight) and Shiloh Noone ("Blues and Variation" on Fine Music Radio 101.3fm), in the Cape area, on Wednesday evenings between 22H00 and midnight), both of whom are extremely knowledgeable and play great music. Shiloh is a serious fundi on the subject and his book, ''The Seeker's Guide To The Rhythm of Yesterday", is essential reading. Benjy is widely regarded and respected for being, amongst other things, the person who released classic albums by South African bands such as Freedom's Children, Hawk, Otis Waygood and others, on his RetroFresh label.

As previously mentioned, grateful thanks to Rosemary Royeppen, of 1485am Radio Today, for her support, encouragement and interest, and also to Morne Zeelie of Radio Jacaranda for his faith, enthusiasm and belief.

It's through people like these that bands and artists such as Off The Edge, Clint & Co, Mel Botes, Misttree, RAN and many other South African artists are given the support and encouragement to continue making great music, in spite of the best efforts of other radio stations to ignore these artists.

If you'd care to have music from bands/artist that generally don't get airplay on other stations, why don't you email the various stations and ask them to consider playing music you'd like to hear?

Here are some contact emails:

Jacaranda FM = onair@jacarandafm.co.za

East Coast Radio = ags@ecr.co.za / onair@ecr.co.za

94.7 Highveld = onair@highveld.co.za

KFM = justinek@kfm.co.za

OFM = live@ofm.co.za and cc nick@ofm.co.za

Algoa FM = live@algoafm.co.za

And lastly, of course, please remember to tune in to The RockIt Scientist Show on 1485 Radio Today, every Wednesday evening between 9.30 and 11.30pm, and again on Fridays between 10.30pm and 12.30am. If you have DStv, it's also available on Audio Channel 70.

Keep Rocking.


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