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Hi again
Yep, it's newsletter/playlist time again. Sorry it's a tad late, but I've been working overtime on the radio, standing in for a few people.
The playlist forThe RockIt Scientistshow of 29/09/2006 isalso featured in the newsletter.
The Rockfest on 1485 Radio Today Newsflashes
Phil Wright
The Metalhead, Phil Wright, was hospitalized with a burst appendix recently. I'm sure you'll join us in wishing the one with the Teflon coated voice a speedy recovery!
Rui de Sousa
Rui de Sousa presented his very first "Cosmik Debris" showon Tuesday, 10 October,10pm to midnight. Considering that it was his first time on air, he did a fantastic job, and hispresentation and musical choice prove that he'sa great choice as a Rockfest presenter.
Check out The Rockfest website (www.rockfest.co.za)for details of the recent changes.
Rockfest Club
Please visit www.rockfest.co.zaand sign up.Your support will ensure that The Rockfest on 1485 Radio Todaygoes from strength to strength.
Recently on The RockIt Scientist :
Had a great interviewwithvocalist/guitarist/songwriter Ami andguitarist/bassist/violinistEtienne Ghyoot of sensationalSouth Africanband Margaret's Daughter, who I was fortunate enough to be introduced to recently, on Friday 13th. Details and more of the band to follow in the next newsletter.
As usual, there are a lot of gigs to get to. Check out the "Gigs" page on The RockIt Scientist website (www.rockitscientist.co.za)
If you have any gigs you'd like advertised, or any comments, requests, etc,please email me at leon@rock.co.za.
The RockIt Scientist is part of The Rockfest on 1485 Radio Today, which is also broadcast onDSTV Audio Channel 70.
The following bands/artists were featured on The RockIt Scientiston Friday29 September:
Janis Joplin (Tribute)
Cold Blood
Sandy Pantaleo (Sonny Rose)
Tower Of Power
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Dave Meniketti
Ken Hensley
Like Wendy
Scarlet Thread
Sebastian Hardie
Schenker/Pattison Summit
Sky High
Dave Greenslade
Rick Wakeman
Lucifer Was
(See below for write-ups/reviews)
Playlist for Friday 29/09/2006 - 22h00 to 01h00
01. Janis Joplin - Move Over, from "Pearl", in 1971
Dedicated to one of themost acclaimedblues/rockladysingers of all time. Janis Joplin was born on January 19th, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas, in the US.In the early sixties, she hitched to California and San Francisco, where she sang in The Waller Creek Boys trio alongside future 13th Floor Elevators memberR.Powell St. John. She later worked with future Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen before joining Big Brother & The Holding Company, recording two albums with the band, the second of which, "Cheap Thrills", stayed at the top of the US charts for eight weeks.
An unfortunate slave to the evils of drink and drugs, she broke away from Big Brother and, after appearing atthree major concerts, namelythe Newport Festival, the New Orleans Pop Festival and at London's Royal Albert Hall, she unleashed her debut solo album, "I Got Dem Ol'Kosmic Blues Again" in 1969, which made the US Top five.Shethen formed the Full Tilt Boogie Band with Brad Campbell on bass, Ken Pearson on organ, John Till on guitar and Clark Pierson on drums, and this was the band whichappeared on the featured album."Pearl" spent nine weeks at the top of the US charts and it gave her a first taste of UK chart action, although she unfortunatelywasn't around to enjoy the success andacclaim.
Sadly,Janis died on 4th of October 1970, her death, according to the coroner's report, as a result of an accidental drug overdose. Ironically, two of blues/rock's greatest icons of the late sixties/early 70's, Joplin and Hendrix, died within six weeks of each other, both as a result of substance abuse.
02. Cold Blood - I Just Want To Make Love To You, from "Cold Blood", their fantastic debut album, in 1969
Next to Foghat's great version of this often-coveredtimeless Willie Dixon classic, Cold Blood's was the best. Cold Blood have been well documented elsewhere on The RockIt Scientist website, so you can read up on this awesome San Francisco-based band there.Many say that Janis Joplin was the finest lady blues/rock singerof them all: Janis was good, no argument there, but she just didn't have the class and quality of Lydia Pense, who was (and still is)in a league of her own. If you're a regular RockIt Scientist listener/reader, you'll know that Cold Blood have reformed and released a new album called "Transfusion" last year. If you haven'tgot it yet, shame on you.
03.Affinity - All Along The Watchtower, from "Affinity",in 1970
Thisexceptionally good English jazz/rock outfit had its origins in the mid-sixties at the University of Sussex when three science students, Lynton Naiff (piano), Nick Nicholas (double-bass) and drummer Grant Serpell, formed the US Jazz Trio.They were joined bydrummer, Mo Foster.Naiff andSerpell then formed the short-lived pop group, Ice, which folded within a year. Still keen to pursue a career in music, theyre-recruited Foster (who had now reverted to bass guitar) and guitarist Mike Jopp in a proposed new jazz/rock band. Qualified English teacher Linda Hoyle (who could certainly rival "face of the sixties" Julie Driscoll in the looksAND vocal department!) joined the band and Affinity was born. (The name was taken from the title ofan Oscar Peterson album). The band later signed to Vertigo Records and the featured album was released inearly 1970. (It's now quite a sought-after rarity, being the 4th release on Vertigo, catalogue number 6360 004).
The band unfortunately folded midway through a tour of Sweden in January 1971 when Linda Hoyle announced that she'd had enough and had decided to leave the music business. She did release a solo album, however, called "Pieces Of Me", later in 1971. Shethenrenounced live performances and now teaches Art Therapy at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. The other members ended up working with the likes of Gerry Rafferty, Gary Moore, Queen, Maggie Bell, RMS and a host of others.
Affinity only released one officialalbum. Strangely enough, Angel Air Records have since managed to find enough material, some of it pre-Affinity, to fill no lessthan THREE different albums by thissadly short-lived band, and the Italian Akarma label have also released a live album, all of which are worthwhile checking out.
04.Sonny Rose - Style (actual recordingdate not known)
If you read the previous newsletter/playlists (well, Isincerely HOPE you do/did! Have you any idea how long this takes???), you'll probably be familiar with the name Sandy Pantaleo. Sandy, who now sings under the stage name Sonny Rose, used to be the singer of late sixties/early seventiesUS rock outfit, Liquid Smoke. Sonny/Sandy and I have been communicating for a short while now, and he recently sent me an MP3 of this amazingnumber that he'd written. If you enjoy soul/funk with a seriously ballsy horn section a la Tower Of Power or Heavy Metal Horns, you'll love this track.If this is the quality of stuff he's writing and performingnowadays, (he works as an entertainer on a cruise ship),I can't wait to hear more of his material. The track will be playlisted shortly and you can be assured that you'll hear it a few more times on The RockIt Scientist. (He recently sent me another track called "Merry Go Round". Wait til' you hear THIS one! Fantastic stuff!)
05. Tower Of Power - Back In The Day, from "Oakland's Own", in 2003
The most recent studioalbum from one of the finest and most famoussoul bands of all time. You know them well (or at least, you should, if you listen to The RockIt Scientist regularly).This album features original members Emilio Castillo (tenor sax & vocals), Steve "Doc" Kupka (baritone sax), Francis Rocco Prestia (bass), and David Garibaldi (drums, who left the band for a while in the mid70'sand featured with Roy Buchanan, Chris Hillman,Wishful Thinking and othersbefore returning to the fold in the late 90's). Tower Of Power's infectious groove, energy and er...power, are legendary. They're a fantastic live act and they're particularly exciting to watch.The band visited South Africa a few years back and they appeared at the (then) North Sea Jazz Festival in Cape Town. It washeaven for many of us to see one of the true soul greats live on stage! The band have released in excess of twenty albums to date and they're still going strong.
06. Blood, Sweat & Tears - I Was A Witness To A War, from "New City", in 1975.
This album, which was produced by Jimmy Ienner of Lighthouse fame, featured Swedish guitarist Georg Wadenius, who joined the band in 1972, having come from the bands Solarplexus and Made In Sweden. It also saw the return of vocalist David Clayton-Thomas, who left in 1971, to be replaced by Jerry Fischer (Clayton-Thomas had embarked on a solo career). Interestingly, drummer Bobby Colomby was the onlyremaining original member of the band, who were formed in the late 60's, and B,S&T had nowadopted a decidedly more funky direction. They went on to record about five more albums before folding in the early 80's. It's notvery apparentexactly when they reformed or what the line-up is, but Blood, Sweat & Tears are still around and gigging, although they haven't released a new studio album since 1980's "Nuclear Blues".
07. Hemlock - Just An Old Friend, from "Hemlock", in 1973
This short-live English blues/prog/rock outfit was put together by ex-Keef Hartley Band members, Miller Anderson (guitar & vocals) and Peter Dines (organ & acoustic guitar), together with bass guitarist Jim Leverton anddrummer Eric Dillon (both ex-Fat Mattress), togetherwith seasoned session keyboard playerMick "Blue" Weaver. The album, which is a minor rarity, was released on the Deram label. Miller Andersonlater teamed up with his old mate, Keef Hartley, in Dog Soldier. One of the better vocalists/guitarists of the late sixties/early 70's UK blues/rock era, Anderson also released a good solo album called "Bright City" in 1971, and he later featured with T Rex, (of all bands!).
08. Arcadium - Birth, Life and Death, from "Breathe Awhile", in1969.
Original copies of this album are scarcer than an admission of guilt from Jacob Zuma. Released on the equally rare Middle Earth recordlabel, the tracks on the album, which were written by vocalist/guitarist Miguel Sergides, are filled with a sometimes disturbing feeling of anguish and despair, even in their quieter moments, which hardly makes it the ideal album to unwind toafter a hard day, unless you're an undertaker. Musically, it'sparticularly strange yet captivating, full of interesting surprises. These guys explored territories unheard of in those days. Miguel Sergides, in particular, must have beensmoking a bit of Dalmatian-do for himto come up with some of the really frenetic and angryguitar breaks he was prone to unleash now and then.
09.Rumplestiltskin - Pate De Fois Gras, from "Rumplestiltskin", in1970.
The main guy in this very good English hard/prog rock band was vocalist Peter Lee Stirling, who first started out in a pop/beat outfit called The Bruisers, back in the early sixties. Stirling then featured in The Hinge in 1968 before forming Hungry Wolf (who wererecentlyfeatured on The RockIt Scientist) in 1970. Rumplestiltskin were alsoformed in 1970, but the band members (Clem Cattini - drums, Herbie Flowers - bass, Alan Parker - guitar and keyboard player Alan Hawkshaw) all used pseudonyms, which was probably due to contractual constraints (much like the Green Bullfrog album). The band released two very good, and highly collectible, albums. When they split, Herbie Flowers went on to become a founding member of Sky, Alan Hawkshaw featured with Donovan and PJ Proby and Clem Cattini became asought-after session player. Cattini, Flowers and Alan Parker also formed the little known UK outfit Ugly Custard, whose sole album is also particularly rare.
10.Apache - Working Man, from "Apache", in 1981
ThisUS quintet were quite interesting in that they weren't quite ahard outfit nor were they a Southern Rock outfit, althoughthey could've quite easily fitted into either category. They would appear to have been formedby guitarist Joe Messina, who previously worked in The Temptation's backing band. The album was released on Atco Records and is of minor interest to collectors.
11. Epitaph - Moving To The Country, from "Epitaph", in 1971.
This Dortmund-based German rock outfit, who were formed by ex-British Army serviceman Cliff Jackson, who elected to stay in Germany after his tour of duty had ended, have been well featured elsewhere on The RockIt Scientist website. This debut album, originally released on Polydor Records, has been widely acclaimed and regarded as a classic of guitar-led progressive hard rock by fans of the Kraut Rock/hard rockscene. The band recorded well into the 80's and folded, reforming in the late 90's. They appear on the recent Kraut RockMeeting DVD, alongside Karthago, Birth Control, JaneandAmon Duul.
12.Fantasy - Worried Man, from "Beyond The Beyond", in 1974, their second and last album.
Fantasy were originally formed in Kent, England, as Chapel Farm, named after the place where the band first rehearsed, in 1971. Their debut gig was a free concert in Gravesend, a major event with The Edgar Broughton Band and the Pink Fairies. Original guitarist Bob Vann tragically died in an accident on his 18th birthday and he was later replaced by Peter James, who was, in turn, later replaced byGeoff Whitehorn, who would go on to feature with the likes of (Back Street) Crawler, If, and a host of others. Chapel Farm became Firequeen before changing their name to Fantasy after being signed to Polydor Records. They released two highly collectible, and very pleasant keyboard-driven progressive rock albums. In 1994, Audio Archives released "Vivariatum", which included a number of tracks from the very early days of the band.
13. Dave Meniketti - Say Goodbye, from "On The Blue Side", in 1996
Guitarist/vocalist Dave Meniketti is best known as the guitarist and co-founding member of San Francisco rockers, Yesterday and Today, (later shortened to Y & T), in the early to mid 70's. Meniketti's bluesy style was noticed by veteran bluesman John Mayall when Mayall spotted him playing with Y & T. Mayall approachedMeniketti to work on an album with him, but they were unfortunately unable to secure a record deal for the project. Meniketti won a number of guitar awards and was approached by many bands, such as Whitesnake and Ozzy Osbourne,to play on their albums. Y & T decided to take a break from touring and recording in the early 90's, and it was then that Meniketti decided to embark on a solo career. He has a very melodic and warm style of playing (mainly the Gibson Les Paul) and he has a great voice to boot. He's joined by the likes of Jimmy DeGrasso (also fromY & T, Alice Cooper and others, on drums), Myron Dove (Santana, Buddy Guy, Herbie Hancock and others, on bass), Ron Wikso (Cher, The Storm, David Lee Roth, also on drums), and keyboard players John Seppala and Joe Heinemann, who, between them, have featured with the likes of Lenny Williams, Jeff Berlin, Patty Austin, and others. Jazz player Mark Stanford is on sax. Meniketti has released two further soloalbums since, and he's also featured in the reformed
Y & T. (Y & T recently toured the UK with GPS,the sensational new melodic rock outfit featuring members of Asia and Spock's Beard).His albums aren't that easy to find, but they certainly are worth checking out. He really is one of the unsung guitar (blues and rock) heroes.
14. Ken Hensley - The Last Dance (El Gitano Viejo), from ''The Last Dance", recordedin early 2003.
Ken Hensley, who was one of the founding members of Uriah Heep back in the late sixties, is quite rightly regarded as one of Rock's most accomplished and respected musicians. A renown songwriter and vocalist, he's equally at home playing keyboards orguitar. He's a record producer too, and he has a keen ear and eye for up and coming new talent. He released his debut solo album, "Proud Words On A Dusty Shelf" in 1973, followed by "Eager To Please" a few years later, which was, in turn,followed by "Free Spirit" in 1981. He then featured with the likes of Shotgun, Blackfoot and others and he continued to release solo albums throughout the 80's and 90's, around 12 in total, including a few compilations/anthologies. He's been living in Spain for a while now, and this solo album features contributions from a number of very talented young Spanish musicians, such as Ovidio Lopez on guitar, Tommy Lopez on drums. Angel Diaz on percussion and John Smithson on bass. The album is one of his strongest to date and thefeatured track is undoubtedly one of the best tracks he's ever written, and it showcases not just the young talent that are obviously benefiting tremendously by their association with a professional like Ken Hensley, but it also demonstrates that, after all these years,Hensley still has a lot to offer the music world. His recent Antholgy, "Elements", which features material from his days with The Gods, Head Machine (which will be featured next week), Toe Fat and Uriah Heep, is anessential addition to the collection of anyone who would like to trace the roots of one of the most important and influential individuals in rock music.
15. Gamma - Last Man On Earth, from ''Gamma 4", in 2001
Gamma was a very good band put together by US guitarist Ronnie Montrose in the late 70's, after his own band, Montrose, came to an end (although Montrose the man would continue to record as a soloist). The band originallyfeatured amazing Scottish vocalist Davey Pattison (who would later also be linked with Robin Trower), drummer Denny Carmassi, bassist Alan Fitzgerald, synth player Jim Alcivar and percussionist Skip Gillette. Three Gamma albums were released between 1980 and 1982, all with a number of memorable tracks, with Ronnie Montrose's fluent, melodic, yet sometimes amazingly technicalsignaturea dominant feature.A fourth album, a live album called "Concert Classics", which captured the band at their furious best, was also released quite a few years later. A guitar talent of note, Ronnie Montrose continued to record as a soloist, crossing over intojazz fusion territory every now and then, but never losing sight of his hard rock roots.He reformed Gamma in thelate 90's/early 2000's, together with Glenn Letsch (who also appeared with Gamma in the early 80's) on bass, Denny Carmassi on drums and Edward Roth on keys. Davey Pattison, who is surely one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time, also rejoined the band, and together, this line-up recorded the featured album. Interestingly, the album has a South African connection: Jean-Michel Byron, who used tostrut his stuff in venues such as Jaggers in the 80's under the name of Byron, and who went on to feature with Toto, appears as backing vocalist on a few tracks on the album! Davey Pattison has since recorded a couple of very good solo albums, and he's recently been working with another famous guitarist, Michael Schenker, in the Schenker/Pattison Summit, a band you will also be hearing on The RockIt Scientist shortly.
16. Landmarq - Science Of Coincidence, from "Science Of Coincidence", in 1998
Firstly, I need to thank drummer (and RockIt Scientist subscriber, I might add!)Dave Wagstaffe,for sending me a copy of this album, the one Landmarq album that was missing from my collection.Formed in the UK in 1990, Landmarq have released six albums to date, and they are currently working on a new album. Initially signed to a Dutch record company, they formed their own record company, Synergy Records, and they've sinceestablished themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the world of Progressive Rock.Their style is such, though, that they appeal to a wider, more mainstream audience, with award winningsinger Tracy Hitchings fronting the band. (Tracy Hitchings, Dave Wagstaffe and keyboard player Steve Leigh had previously featured in a band called Quasar in the80's). The band, whose other members are Uwe D'Rose on guitars and Steve Gee on bass,have played concerts, both as support and headliners,in countries such as Belgium, Mexico and the USA, and they've toured with the likes of Marillion, IQ, Suzi Quatro, Steve Hackett and a host of others. Landmarq recently released theirfirst DVD, "Turbulence"which was recorded live in concert in Katowice, Poland, in November 2005. They have a veryprofessionally put togetherwebsite, www.myspace.com/landmarq, which is filled with interesting info on the band, photos, reviews, etc, andtheir CDs can also be purchasedvia the website. Check them out - they're one of the better prog bands around. Progressive Rock has been making a big come-back for a number of years now, and it's bands like Landmarqthat'll ensure that the genre continues to be popular.
Dave Wagstaffe has a particularly colorful and interesting musical career, having worked with the likes of Argus, (who you'll be hearing on The RockIt Scientist shortly),Gaskin, Oliver Wakeman, Steve Howe, John Wetton and others.
17. Like Wendy - Underwater Voyager, from "Rainchild", in 1999
Like Wendy are a little known but pretty competent Dutch progressive rock outfit made up two musicians, Bert Heinen on guitars, vocals and keyboards and Marien, who plays drums, keyboardsand "yellow thing with smelly buttons", which conjures up images ofone or two unmentionable things, to quote Caravan. Marien seems to be quite a talented chap: he also plays "mustard pudding" and "occasional Yahoo", which is no mean feat, especially when no-one elseknows what the hell they are or mean! Either way, they make great music, much of it pretty laid back and elaborate, with long, un-radio friendly (21 minute)pieces. They've released about four albums to date.
18. Kayak - Friend Of The Stars, from ''Nostradamus - The Fate Of Man", in 2005
Another famous and verygood Dutch band, Kayak's roots go back to the early 70's when they were formed by keyboard player Ton Scherpenzeel, drummer Pim Koopman, bassist Cees van Leeuwen, guitarist Johan Slager and vocalist Max Werner. They signed to EMI Records and released their debut album, "See See The Sun" in 1973. Unashamedly inspired by UK prog legends, Genesis, Kayak's first three albums are considered by many to be essential for anyone who enjoys uncomplicated, song-orientated melodic progressive rock. They then signed to Vertigo Records and recorded a number of consistently good albums, with the epic "Merlin" (1981) being the pick of the bunch. They split in theearly 80's and reformed in the 90's. Ton Scherpenzeel later had a short stint with Camel, appearing with them in the mid 80's. Kayak have since recorded a number of great albums, including an awesome live album called "Chance For A Livetime". This doubleconceptual album about the bloke who "nose" the future (Nostril-damus, as per First+Aid, a few playlists ago), is a very complex, well written effort by Scherepenzeel, who also knows his way around a keyboard.
19. Windchase - Gypsy, from "Symphinity", in 1977
This Australian prog outfit was an offshoot of the greatSebastian Hardie, the Sydney-based band who evolved out of Sebastian Hardie Blues Band in the mid 60's. Formed by guitarist/vocalist Mario Millo (who is a highly regarded guitarist in RockIt Scientist circles!) and Toivo Pilt (keyboards), both of whom had been in Sebastian Hardie, together with Duncan McGuire on bass and Doug Bligh on drums. Millo's guitar work is out of the top drawer, especially on the featured track and on "Horsemen To Symphinity". He later formed "Mario Millo & Men From Mars" and they recorded a great 12 minutelive version of "Horsemen To Symphinity", which appears as a bonus track on this Musea issue of the album. Windchase (also the name given to Sebastian Hardie's second and final album, just to confuse you), were maybe not asmemorable as Sebastian Hardie, but they certainly recorded some fantastic material on their sole album.
20.Scarlet Thread - Toutsenten Kaihoisa Laulu, from "Psykedeelisia Toutsenlauluja", in 2002
No, I didn't even try and back-announce either the song title or the album title - I have my limitations, and I draw the line when it comes tospeaking Finnish, Chinese and Martian on the radio. Even the spell-check took a bit of strain.Suffice to say that this young Finnish progband, who would appear to have been formed by sisters Eini and Anni Pesala on violin and flute respectively, are absolutely brilliant! Jani Timoniemi is on guitars and Panu Koskela is on drums.Think ofKansas meets Sebastian Hardie meets Dixie Dregs (no kidding) and you have Scarlet Thread. What a great find, and what amazing talent! When I say young, I mean young - they look likecollegekids on the sleeve, more into pop or dance. Just shows -you can't judge a book...
21. Sebastian Hardie - Openings, from "Four Moments", in 1974, their debut album
Formed in Sydney, Australia in the mid 60's Sebastian Hardie Blues Band, the band were originally led by vocalistJon English, who left in 1971 to play Judas in "Jesus Chris Superstar". It would appear that the entireline-up changed by the time they recorded thedebut album. The band members were now Mario Millo on guitar & vocals, Peter Plavsic on bass, Alex Plavsic on drums and Toivo Pilt on keyboards, and their style of music had changed from R 'n B, Souland blues to symphonic progressive rock, similar in style to Focus and Yes. They became the country's finest progressive band and the album spent 22 weeks on the Australian charts. They released one further album called "Windchase" before the band split,and Windchase the band, with Millo and Pilt, was formed. Mario Millo recorded a few solo albums, and the band reformed in themid 90's, recording a live album and video for the
1994 Progfest.
22. Schenker/Pattison Summit - Wang Dang Doodle, from "The Endless Jam Continues", in 2005
Thisis a musical marriage made in heaven. Guitarist Michael Schenker and vocalist Davey Pattison recorded the first "Endless Jam" album in 2004. It was essentially a covers album in which theydid great versions of tracksby bands/artists such as Robin Trower, Gamma, Hendrix, Mountain and others, with Gunter Nezhoda on bass and Aynsley Dunbar on drums. This second album, also a covers effort, features Tim Bogert in place of Nezhoda, and this time 'round, they do very good versions of tracks by Traffic, UFO, Clapton, Free, Rare Earth and Willie Dixon, in the case of the featured number.Both albums were released on Shrapnel Records and are worth checking out.
23. Sky High - You Can't Break Me, from "Freedom", in 2002
Sky High are one of the many good blues/rock outfits recording for the USGrooveyard Record label. Produced by Joe Romagnola and Clas Yngstrom, this is an album of riffy, up tempo blues rock with a nice version of "All Along The Watchtower".
24. Dave Greenslade - Getysberg, from "Cactus Choir", in 1976
Keyboard player Dave Greenslade is probably best known for his work with Colosseum in the late sixties/early seventies and Greenslade,one of the few British outfits that didn't feature a guitarist, much the same as Aardvark and early Rare Bird, in the early to mid 70's. Greenslade the band recorded four albums between 1973 and 1976, and when the band folded in early 1976, Dave Greenslade recorded "Cactus Choir", his first solo album. Simon Phillips was on drums, Tony Reeves (also ex-Colosseum, and co-founder of Greenslade the band) was on bass, and, on the featured number, Rare Bird's Steve Gould was on vocals. Dave Greenslade then recorded the epic ''The Pentateuch Of The Cosmogany", a lavishdouble album with anunbelievable 47 page booklet with artwork by fantasy writer and artistPatrick Woodroffe. Dave Greenslade was later involved in composing music for British film and television, and he was also a member of the reformed Colosseum in the mid 90's. He's since released a few more solo albums (one being his very good "Going South" album), and he also reformed Greenslade, releasing "Large Afternoon" a number of years ago, as well as a few live albums.
25. Rick Wakeman - Catherine Of Aragon, from "The Six Wives Of Henry VIII", in 1973, his second solo album.
British keyboard player Rick Wakemanis undoubtedly one of the most respected and best-known keyboard players in the world, having worked with David Bowie, Cat Stevens,Strawbs, Yes, Black Sabbath, Warhorseand others. He recorded his debut solo album, ''Piano Vibrations'' in 1971 whilst he was a member of The Strawbs. "The Six Wives of Henry VIII''was the first of his very ambitious conceptual albums and it featured the likes of drummers Alan White, Barry de Souza and Bill Bruford, bassists Chas Cronk and Chris Squire, guitarists Steve Howe and Dave Lambert and vocalists Liza Strike and Barry St. John. The array of keyboards that Wakeman was known to play live and on record was astounding, ranging from Grand Pianos to state-of-the-art Mini-Moogs and Hammonds. Wakeman would go on to release epicalbums such as "Journey To The Centre Of The Earth" and "In The Court Of King Arthur", and he's still very active today, working with Yes and others.
26. Trace - Bourre, from "Birds", in 1975
This Dutch keyboard-based outfit have been well documented elsewhere on The RockIt Scientist website. This album featured drummer Ian Mosley (of Wolf and Marillion fame), drummer Jaap van Eik and the now sadly departed Rick van der Linden, previously with Ekseption, on keyboards. Darryl Way of Curved Air and Wolfappears as a guest. All three Trace albumsare worth checking out.
27. Lucifer Was - Little Child, from "In Anadi's Bower", in 2000
This very good Norwegian progressive outfit would appear to have been formed in the early70's, although their first (known) recordings only surfaced in the 90's. Drummer Kai Frilseth formed the band, and he was joined by guitarist Thore Engen and bass player Einar Bruu. They then recruited two flute players in Anders Sevaldson and Dag Stenseng, who also took care of vocal duties. Their debut album, "Underground And Beyond", was released on the Swedish Record Heaven record label in 1997. The band have since released a few more studio albums and a couple if live albums. Their music can best be described as a heavier version of Jethro Tull and Gravy Train. All of their albums are worthwhile checking out.
28. Standarte - Ordeal, from ''Curses and Invocations", in 1999
Hailing from Italy, this brilliant keyboard (Hammond)-dominated progressive rock trio are unashamedly influenced by Atomic Rooster's Vincent Crane (so much so that their self-titled debut album is dedicated to the great man). Recording on the Black Widow record label, Standarte, who are essentially another guitar-less band (some guitar parts, however,can be clearly heard on some numbers, although it's not clear who's playing them as there's no reference to a guitarist on any of the tracks, except on their "Stimmung" album, which includes fourth member, guitarist Davide Nicolini), have released around four albums. The band has centered around Daniele Caputo on drums & vocals, Stefano Gabbani on bass and Michele Profeti on keyboards.
29. Primevil - Progress, from "Smokin' Bats At Campton's".
This serious USrarity from Indiana in1974 has finally been released on CD on the Radioactive Record label. On a par with other US heavyweights Sir Lord Baltimore, Bang andBlackhorse, it's an excellent example of seventies hard rock at its very best. The band featured Dave Campton on vocals & harp, Larry Lucas and Jay Wilfong on guitars, Mark Sipe on bass, Mel Cupp on drums and Mo Whittemore on keyboards. This line-up were also responsible for the very rare Buccaneer album, which was released in 1980. They just don't make 'em like this anymore!
Bands/artists featured on 06 October 2006:
Humble Pie
Spooky Tooth
UFO (new album)
Artimus Pyle Band
Joe Lynn Turner (new album)
John West (new album)
Juicy Lucy (new album)
Wild Turkey
Manfred Mann's Earthband
Uriah Heep
Deep Purple
Steely Dan
Lunatica (new album)
Stream of Passion (new album)
Axel Rudi Pell (new album)
Shark Island (new album)
Margaret's Daughter
Natalie Chapman
Randy Bachman
Jethro Tull
Bands/artists featured on Friday 13 October:
Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush
Margaret's Daughter (interview)
Grand Funk
Savoy Brown
Ten Years After
Savatage (tribute to Criss Oliva)
Motorhead (new album)
The Mob
Pink Floyd
12 Avenue (new EP)
Il Trono Dei Ricordi
Art & Illusion
Last Turion
Juicy Lucy (new album)
Write-ups/reviews to follow.
Until the next time!

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