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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 25th August 2006

Nothing like starting the show off on a relaxed, calm note.......

01. Motorhead - The Chase Is Better Than The Catch, from "Ace Of Spades", in 1980

Ain't it just, unless you're the one being chased! Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister formed Motorhead when he was fired from Hawkwind ("Motorhead" was in fact the title of the last song he wrote for Hawkwind). Recruiting ex-Pink Fairies guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox, they formed this legendary metal outfit in 1975. The featured album had "Fast" Eddie Clark on guitars and "Philthy" Phil Taylor on drums. The band are still very much around today.

02. Budgie - Superstar, from ''Nightflight", in 1981

Second last studio album from the Welsh hard rockers. The album featured new guitarist John Thomas (ex-George Hatcher Band), together with bassist/vocalist Burke Shelley and drummer Steve Williams. Budgie went on to feature at the 1982 Reading Festival, alongside Whitesnake, UFO, Stampede, Twisted Sister and others. The band then folded, but Shelley revived Budgie in the late 90's.

03. Iron Maiden - Wasted Years, from "Somewhere In Time", in 1986

The band were at the height of their career and this great album reached number 11 in the US. Featuring the classic Maiden line up of Bruce Dickinson (vocals), Steve Harris (bass), Adrian Smith & Dave Murray (guitars) and Nicko McBrain (drums). Since then, Maiden have gone through numerous changes, one of them being the addition of third guitarist, Janick Gers (ex White Spirit/Gillan). Still one of the finest metal bands of all time!

04. Breed 77 - Blind, from ''In My Blood - En Mi Sangre", in 2006

Formed in Gibraltar and based in the UK, this fantastic band have released three awesome albums to date. Their Flamenco-inspired metal style is pretty unique and very pleasing on the ear. They're one of the really great "new era" metal bands that are destined to take the genre well into the future.

The album is due to be released and distributed in South Africa shortly. Give it a listen - you'll be mucho impressed-o.

05. Puya - Whatever, from "Fundamental", in 1999

Very different Latin Metal band from Puerto Rico. They can be quite confusing at times, and their music has an intensity and sensuality that'll soothe you and get you all glassy-eyed on the one hand and then rattle your cage and give you heart palpitations on the other, all within the confines of the same song. If you're trying to get laid to Puya's music, be careful - their sudden chord changes and mood swings from romantic Latin interludes to full on headbanging is liable to put your family jewels in a precarious position! They're tremendously good, though.

06. Tribe of Gypsies - Puro Party, from "Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants", in 2000

The undoubted kings of Latin Metal! You (hopefully) know them quite well, if you listen to The RockIt Scientist regularly. Featuring guitarist/producer Roy Z (of Bruce Dickinson fame), together with a bit of help from Warrior's Joe Floyd. If you're a fan of hard rock, metal and Latin rock, you need to check out this extremely talented US outfit. They have a brand new album, "Dweller On The Threshold", which should be available shortly.

07. Son Of a Bitch - No-One's Getting Over, from ''Victim You", in 1996

This UK hard rock/metal outfit were formed in Yorkshire in the early-to-mid 70's by guitarist Graham Oliver and bass player Steve Dawson. Recruiting vocalist Peter "Biff" Byford from a band called "Coast", SOB eventually evolved into the band we know and love as Saxon. Saxon's history has been well documented elsewhere on The RockIt Scientist, so we'll leave them alone for now. Oliver and Dawson reformed SOB, without Byford, in the mid 90's. Featuring a tremendously good hard rock/metal vocalist in the form of Ted Bullet (ex-Thunderhead), together with Saxon/Motorhead drummer Pete Gill and Saracen guitarist Hayden Conway, they released this great album on Angel Air Records.

08. Krokus - Long Stick Goes Boom, from "One Vice At A Time", in 1982

Long stick goes boom....could've been Linda Lovelace's signature tune! Sorry - couldn't resist. This Swiss metal outfit actually started out as a prog outfit in the early 70's, believe it or not. Their first two prog-ish albums weren't that well received. They then recruited Maltese (the island, not the dog) singer Marc Storace from prog/hard rock outfit Tea, changed their style to a more AC/DC- style boogie rock and took off like crazy. Their history had it's fair share of ups and downs and tragedies, but they released some great music in their day. This album reached number 28 on the UK charts. They're still around today.

09. Mother's Finest - Do Me Right, from "Live at Villa Nerg - Right Here, Right Now", in 2006

Step aside Living Colour, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lock Out, Extreme and all the other funk/rock outfits, because Baby Jean Kennedy and her band are back! There is/are none better than Mother's Finest. They've been around since the early 70's and they know their stuff so well it's scary! If the idea of a really tight band rocks your boat, you need to get this fantastic double live album (which also features four new tracks, one of them being the featured number). Recorded live in Germany, the band still features Moses "Mo" Moore on guitars, Wyzard on bass and Glen Murdock on vocals. And Baby Jean? Knockout stuff!

10. Riot - Hard Loving Man, from "Restless Breed", in 1982

This was the first album to feature new vocalist Rhett Forrester, who replaced founding member Guy Speranza. (Forrester was tragically killed in an argument in his car in 1994). Formed in the US in 1976, Riot's debut album was released in 1977. Their follow up, "Narita"(1979), earned them accolades in the UK and they appeared at the 1980 Donnington Festival. The band went on to release albums well into the late 90's and they're still around today.

11. Quiet Riot - Loaded Gun, from their great come-back album, "Terrified", in 1993

Popular US outfit Quiet Riot are sometimes best known for their cover of Slade's "Cum On Feel The Noize" in 1983. Formed in the mid 70's by guitarist Randy Rhoads (yes, he of Ozzy fame, tragically killed in that aircraft accident), vocalist Kevin DuBrow, bassist Kelly Garni and drummer Drew Forsyth. The band, incidentally, took their name from a suggestion made by Staus Quo's guitarist, Rick Parfitt! Later members included Rudy Sarzo (bass), Frankie Banali (drums) and Carlos Cavazo (guitars). The band folded in the late 80's and reformed in the early 90's.

12. Rhino Bucket - Dead & Well, from "And Then It Got Ugly", in 2006

Unashamedly inspired and influenced by AC/DC, this US boogie rock band are back with this great new album. Formed in California, they released three albums between 1990 and 1994 and then disappeared. The new album features original members Georg Dolivo (vocals) and Reeve Downes (bass), together with hot lady drummer Jackie Enx and ex-Kix guitarist Brian Forsythe. Good old fashioned balls to the wall rock and roll!

13.The Answer - Under The Sun, from their fantastic debut album, "Rise", in 2006

The Answer is one of the hottest new young blues/rock bands in the world today. Drawing influences from Led Zep, Free, Bad Company and others, The Answer are doing today what Cry Of Love and Thunder were doing all those years ago when blues rock was making a big comeback. These young Brits, together with bands such as Tokyo Dragons, Glyder, Wolfmother and others, are keeping the genre alive and popular. Bands like The Answer are proof that rock music, irrespective of what some radio stations would have you believe, is well, thriving and gaining many fans, worldwide.

The Answer, like Breed 77, are now being distributed in South Africa.

As you probably well know, you can expect to hear most kinds of music on The RockIt Scientist. Jazz and jazz fusion is no exeption. So, having said that, I thought I'd feature some of the best in their class.

14. Alphonse Mouzon - Golden Rainbows, from "Mind Transplant", in 1974

Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Alphonse Mouzon, who'd also featured with Weather Report, recorded a number of great albums for the famed Blue Note label. The pick of the bunch was this awesome album which featured a very young Lee Ritenour, together with another sensational guitarist, Tommy Bolin. Bolin had previously worked with Zephyr, The James Gang and Energy (with flautist Jeremy Steig). It was a busy year for Bolin, who had just completed work on Billy Cobham's acclaimed "Spectrum" album. His contributions to this much sought after album are legendary. Bolin later went on to feature with Deep Purple before tragically dying of substance abuse. Alphonse Mouzon later worked in the disco field before becoming CEO/chairman of Tenacious Records. More of Mouzon to follow below.

15. Eleventh House - The Funky Waltz, from "The Eleventh House, featuring Larry Coryell", in 1974

Another jazz/fusion outfit that featured Alphonse Mouzon. Larry Coryell was, and still is, one of the most respected jazz guitarists around. Also featuring Mike Mandel (keyboards), Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Danny Trifan (bass). They released a number of good albums during the 70's. Rumour has it that Mouzon and Coryell are collaborating and touring again under the Eleventh House name.

16. John McLaughlin - Marbles, from "Devotion", in 1969

Another highly respected jazz guitarist. UK born John McLaughlin cut his teeth playing with the likes of blues greats Alexis Korner, Graham Bond, Georgie Fame and others. He then moved in a more free-form jazz direction, working with Tony Williams, John Surman and Dave Holland. McLaughlin's main claim to fame, apart from the fact that he's released many solo albums and he also worked with Carlos Santana, (in the days when they both looked like respectable, clean cut cricket players and used words like "Om" regularly), was his collaboration with Billy Cobham, Jerry Goodman, Rick Laird and Jan Hammer in the groundbreaking Mahavishnu Orchestra. "Devotion" featured Billy Rich on bass, Buddy Miles on drums and Larry Young on keyboards.

17. Upp - Nitto, from "This Way", in 1976

Thanks very much to Martin Simpson for reminding me about this fantastic UK jazz/funk/rock outfit, who I used to feature regularly in various clubs I used to play in during the mid to late 70's! Formed by members of the obscure Clark-Hutchinson and Spreadeagle outfits, the band featured Stephen Amazing on bass, Jim Copley on drums and Andy Clark on keyboards. Jeff Beck was involved in production and he also played some his best guitar pieces with this band. Unfortunately, after two great albums, the band folded in the mid to late 70's. Jim Copely later appeared with Tears For Fears and Go West.

18. Billy Cobham/George Duke Band - Hip Pockets, from ''Live On Tour In Europe", in 1976

Drummer Billy Cobham and keyboard player/vocalist George Duke were two of the most accomplished and respected jazz musicians in the world during the 70's and 80's. Cobham, previously with brass/rock outfit Dreams, and Duke, who'd worked with Frank Zappa, formed their band with Alphonso Johnson on bass and John Scofield on guitars, themselves no slouches in the genre either. The band's summer 1976 European tour started in Norway and ended in England.

19. Al Di Meola - Race With Devil On Spanish Highway, from "Tour De Force - Live", in 1982.

The studio version of this classic Al Di Meola track was featured on The RockIt Scientist a few months ago. I've since had many requests to play it again. This time, though, you can hear how good he is performing the track live!

It's easy to run out of supertlatives when it comes to describing this unbelievably talented guitarist. Born in New Jersey in the USA in July 1954, Al Di Meola was inspired to take up the guitar at the age of nine, after listening to the Beatles. He later attended the Berklee College of Music (in 1971) and he joined keyboard player Barry Miles' fusion group. Chick Corea invited him to join his increasingly popular Return To Forever, where he remained for a few years. He elected to embark on a solo career in 1976, which has proved to be very successful. He's worked with the likes of Paco Da Lucia, Jean Luc Ponty, John McLaughlin and a host of others. Electric or acoustic, slow or fast, it doesn't matter - there aren't many guitarists in the world today who can hold a candle to Al Di Meola.

20. Jean Luc Ponty - Aurora Parts 1 & 2, from "Live", in 1979

French born violinist Jean Luc Ponty was brought up in a musical home environment, his mother being a piano teacher and his father a violin teacher. He visited the UK and USA in the early 70's and he met up and recorded with Frank Zappa (on Zappa's "Hot Rats" album). Zappa produced Ponty's "King Kong" album in 1970. Ponty then joined George Duke's band and he had a short stint with John McLaughlin and The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Ponty's solo albums are always of a very high standard, and he's always surrounded himself with some of the best musicians in the business.

Tribute time, this time to a blues guitarist who is sadly no longer with us.

Stevie Ray Vaughan was born in Dallas, Texas on October 3rd, 1954. He was taught the tricks of the trade by his older brother, Jimmie, later of the Fabulous Thunderbirds fame. Stevie joined The Nightcrawlers, with Marc Benno, and then The Cobras, which evolved into Triple Treat, an R & B outfit. Stevie then formed Double Trouble in 1981, with bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton.

He became one of the most respected bluesmen in the world, even impressing Jackson Browne and David Bowie, who spotted him at The Montreux Jazz Festival in July 1982. Bowie asked Stevie Ray to play on his "Let's Dance" album in 1983. He earned nine Grammy nominations during his lifetime.

Stevie Ray Vaughan was tragically killed in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin on August 27th, 1990.

21. Stevie Ray Vaughan - Chitlins Con Carne, from "The Sky Is Crying", in 1992

This stunning version of Kenny Burrell's classic is given the full Stevie Ray treatment, giving him the opportunity to also showcase his jazzier side. This posthumously released ten track outtakes collection has proved to be one of the legendary blues guitarist's best selling albums. The songs were recorded in various sessions from 1984 to 1989. There are also a number of Stevie Ray Vaughan dvds available.

22. Megaton - Niagara, from "Megaton", in 1971

Next to Leaf Hound's "Growers Of Mushroom" and Mellow Candle's "Swaddling Songs", this is one of the rarest albums ever released on the Deram label. The album features vocals by Nicky Moore (Hackensack, Samson, Mammoth, From Behind etc). It's basically guitar-orientated hard rock with Moore showing touches of the brilliant vocalist he would later become.

23. Bang - Questions, from "Bang", in 1972

Bang were a very powerful US hard rock trio, formed by guitarist/vocalist Frank Glicken, bassist/vocalist Frank Ferrara and drummer Tony D'Iorio (later replaced by Bruce Gary). They released three albums between 1972 and 1973. A fourth, previously unreleased album called "Death Of A Country", was released on CD about five years ago.

24. Tapiman - No Control, from "Tapiman", in 1971

Considered to be one of the best heavy progressive recordings from Europe during the early 70's, this album by Spain's Tapiman is extremely rare. The band featured guitarist Max Sunyer, who was undoubtedly influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Leslie West. Tapiman released three albums between 1971 and 1979. Sunyer later featured with Spanish jazz/rock outfit Iceberg.

25. Warhorse - Woman Of The Devil, from "Warhorse", in 1970

You should know them pretty well by now - I've been featuring both of this legendary British prog/hard rock outfit's albums on radio since day one, back in the early 80's. This fantastic debut album featured Ashley Holt on guitar, Mac Poole on drums, Ged Peck on guitar (later replaced by Peter Parks), Frank Wilson on keyboards and founder Nick Simper on bass. Refer to previous write-ups on this legendary band on the RockIt Scientist website.

25. Beggar's Opera - I've No Idea, from "Waters of Change", in 1971

The same goes for Scotland's Beggar's Opera, undoubtedly one of the finest prog bands of all time. This album features Virginia Scott on mellotron, together with Gordon Sellar (bass), Ricky Gardiner (guitar), Martin Griffiths (vocals) and Ray Wilson (drums). Repertoire Records have recently released this classic album in a limited edition mini-cardboard cover, alongside "Act One" and "Pathfinder". Ideal purchases, collector or not. Musically, you don't get much better!

26. Titanic - Dying Sun, from "Eagle Rock", in 1973

Titanic were a Norwegian outfit who evolved out of The Beatnicks, who moved to Denmark in 1969. They then moved to Germany and were joined by English vocalist Roy Robinson. They then moved to France and changed their name to Titanic. The band had a number of major hits, but hits aside, they were a very good and powerful organ and guitar based progressive rock band. The featured track is a case in point, with some fantastic Hammond playing by Helge Groslie. The band released six albums between 1970 and 1978 and folded. They mysteriously reformed in the early 90's and released a largely unheralded, almost metal-ish album, called "Lower The Atlantic".

27. Hillow Hammet - Come With Me, from "Hammer", in 1969

A serious rarity, this is! They were a US hard rock sextet based in Maryland. Not much info available - nice tracks, though! The album was released on CD by Dodo Records, which is part of Comet Records, who specialize in bands that are best described as NOT being common or garden!

28. Omega - A Jovendomondo, from "Omega 5", in 1973

One of Hungary's best and best known bands. They're also probably the most famous rock band from the whole of Eastern Europe, with a career now spanning in excess of four decades. Formed in 1968, they started out as a beat group, moving to psychedelia and prog rock in 1970. They later adopted a decidedly more symphonic rock approach, with the use of keyboards. They released around 20 albums.

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