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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.


Friday 11th August 2006

Seeing it was women's week, I thought it would be appropriate to start off with three of rock's finest lady singers!

01. Atlantis - Get Up, from "Atlantis", in 1972

Debut album from Hamburg rockers, who evolved out of Frumpy. Featuring the powerful vocal talents of Inga Rumpf.

02. Fusion Orchestra - Skeleton In Armour, from "Skeleton In Armour", in 1973

One of the best jazz/rock albums of the early to mid 70's. Jill Saward went on to feature with Shakatak.

03. Babe Ruth - Dancer, from "Babe Ruth", in 1975

Guitarist Alan Shacklock's band, with one of the real babes of the 70's, Jennie (Janita) Haan. Was she ever a dancer!

04. Ian Hunter - Who Do You Love, from "Ian Hunter", in 1975

Mott the Hoople's acclaimed vocalist's debut solo album, with Mick Ronson on guitar.

05. Great White - They Call It Rock and Roll, from "Hooked", in 1991

Some called them Led Zep clones. So what? They did it well - brilliant blues/rock outfit from the US.

06. Hustler - Jack The Lad, from "High Street", in 1974

UK boogie/rock outfit, sort of Foghat meets Status Quo. Released 2 great albums.

07. Glyder - PUP (Pretty Useless People), from "Glyder", in 2006

One of the many great new young hard rock outfits to emerge from the UK

08. Wishbone Ash - Capture The Moment, from " Clan Destiny" in 2006

Many requests to hear another track from the Ash's great new album. Andy Powell rules!

09. Pat Travers & Carmine Appice - Livin' Alone, from "Bazooka", in 2005

Between their solo work and other projects (Cactus/Guitar Zeus), these two legends can't have much of a social life!

10. Sammy Hagar - Privacy, from "I Never Said Goodbye", in 1987

He's brilliant on his own. He's released some great stuff with The Waboritas too, as well as with Van Halen, Montrose, etc


11. Nightwish - Bless The Child, from "Century Child", in 2002

Brilliant operatic metal act from Finland! Featuring the stunning Tarja Turunen, who is sadly no longer with the band.

Look out for their amazing "End Of An Era" double CD/single DVD combo. Drop dead looks and a killer voice!

12. Therion - The Crowning of Atlantis, from "Crowning of Atlantis", in 1999.

Powerful operatic metal from Sweden. Their new 4 DVD/2 CD box set "Celebrators of Becoming" kicks butt!

13. Stratovarius - Infinity, from "Infinite", in 2000

Probably the most respected of the progressive metal bands. Another quality act from Finland.

14. Blackfeather - Long Legged Lovely, from "At The Mountains Of The Moon", in 1971.

One of the many great bands to emerge from Australia in the late 60's/early 70's.

Formed in Sydney in 1970. Later became Feather.

15. Kahvas Jute - Odyssey, from "Wide Open", in 1970

A once-off hard rock/blues rock gem from Sydney, Australia. Bassist Bob Daisley later featured with Rainbow, Ozzy, Uriah Heep, Living Loud and many others.

16. Masters Apprentices - Answer Lies Beyond, from "A Toast To Panama Red", in 1972

Formed in Adelaide, Australia, in the mid 60's. One of the country's best known and most respected bands.

Their style ranged from R 'n B to psych to hard rock.

17. Uriah Heep - Time To Live, from "Salisbury", in 1971

Featuring the man who was born with a Wah Wah pedal attached to his foot! Mick Box - one of the world's greatest guitarists. Not too many keyboard players are in the Ken Hensley league, either.

18. Cressida - Depression, from "Cressida", in 1970

A fantastic UK prog act who released two highly collectible albums on Vertigo. If you want to know why British bands are so highly regarded, give this band a listen. Both available on Repertoire Records.

19. Indian Summer - Glimpse, from "Indian Summer", in 1971

Ditto for this quartet, who's sole album was released on RCA's collectible Neon label.

They just don't make music like this no more!

20. Trifle - New Religion, from "First Meeting", in 1971

A rarity from the UK. This brass rock outfit released just the one album for Dawn Records.

21. McChurch Soundroom - What Are You Doing?, from "Delusion", in 1971

Talk about rare! This English sounding jazz/blues/folk/rock outfit were actually from Germany.

If you like Gravy Train, Audience and Diabolus, you'll freak for McChurch Soundroom. An absolute classic.

22. Sweet Smoke - Ocean Of Fears, from "Live", in 1972

Especially for webmaster Brian Currin! One of three previously unreleased tracks from this fantastic US jazz/rock outfit who relocated to Germany. (Check out Brian's contributions to the band's website....)

23. Daemon - Jam/The Provider, from "Entrance To Hell", in 1970

Post Atomic Rooster, pre Bullet/Hard Stuff. John (Du)Cann, Paul Hammond, together with bassist John Gustafson (Quartermass) and vocalist Al Shaw. A serious rarity on Kissing Spell Records.

24. Host - Profetens Ord, from "Hardt Mot Hardt", in 1976

Next to Titanic, one of Norway's best and best known prog bands. Great fun to back announce their tracks on air, seeing that they only sang in Norwegian! Fantastic stuff, though.

25. East - Fly Up Now, from "Jatekok", in 1981.

From Hungary, similar in style to Camel, Floyd, Genesis. Later albums become increasingly commercial. Featuring the great Janos Varga on guitar. Fortunately, their song titles are translated into English.

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