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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.


PLAYLIST

Friday 1st September 2006
Playlist for Friday 01/09/2006 - 22h00 to 01h00
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Spring Day, and The RockIt Scientist's first birthday on 1485 Radio Today! Three of Rock's most talented lady singer's kick off this week's show.
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01. Lana Lane - Night Falls, from "Queen Of The Ocean", in 1999.
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The Queen of Symphonic Rock has been featured regularly on The RockIt Scientist and she's well known to Radio Todayаlisteners. Lana, together with her keyboard-playing husband, Eric Norlander (of the band Rocket Scientists - what a fantastic name! Wonder where he got that from?Only kidding - he had it first!), have released a number of stunning albums, with musicians such as bassist Tony Franklin, guitarists Mark McCrite and Neil Citron, Arjen Anthony Lucassen, and others. She has a very powerful and versatile voice and she's equally at home with the softer material as she is with the heavier stuff. Check out her latest studio CD, "Lady Macbeth", released in 2005.
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02. Quidam - No Quarter, from "Pod Niebem Czas", which is Polish forа"The Time Beneath The Sky", in 2002.
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Featuring the stunning voice of Emila Derkowska, who is unfortunately no longer with this fantastic Polish prog band, who formed in 1990, originally as Deep River. Emila's voice aside, the standard of musicianship from Quidam is outstanding. The band are now fronted by a new male singer, Bartek Kossowicz, and they recently released a new DVD, "Live in Concert - The Fifth Season". Quidam are highly regarded as one of Poland's best bands, and quite rightly so.
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03. Mostly Autumn - The Gap Is Too Wide, from "At The Opera House'', a live DVD recorded at The GrandаOpera House in York in 2003.а
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Mostly Autumn have taken the progressive rock world by storm. This English band, who are fronted by the beautiful Heather Findlay, have often been compared to Pink Floyd. Their music encompasses elements of rock andаfolk, with an amazingаCeltic feel. Guitarist Bryan Josh has become highly respected as one of England's great "new" guitarists, and the band's equally attractive flautist/keyboard player, Angela Gordon, is regarded as one of the best in her field. This particular track, written by keyboard player Iain Jennings, isаa truly memorable effort. Augmented by a string quartet, choir and multi-instrumentalist Troy Donockley, it will go down as one of prog rocks great anthems. If it doesn't move you in any way, you need to melt the ice in your veins.аThe band have since released a fantastic studio album called "Storms Over Still Water" and a new live album called "Storms Over London Town".аIf you haven't yet heard this band, you need to check them out.
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South Africa also has some tremendously talented lady singers, many of whom are worthy of international acclaim. A few months ago, RockIt Scientist listeners will remember the interview held with Luna, theаvery gifted singer whoаwasаspotted backing Mel Botes about eight months ago, and whoаhas released one "unofficial" and one "official"аalbum to date.
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Natalie Chapman.
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This time it was the turn of Natalie Chapman, who had recently moved to Johannesburg from Cape Town. Natalie's debut album, " Between The Lines", hasаrecently been released. Her music, most of which is all self-penned, has elements of folk, acousticаrock and a touch of jazz. She has a stunning voice andаan incredible range, and her songwriting ability is out of the top drawer. She writes about her life experiences and she comes across as very sincere and passionate.
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She started her musical career at the age of eight andаwas awarded on many occasions for her outstanding performances. She later spent some time backpacking through Europe and she uses her experiences as her inspiration. She's worked in film production and she tried her luck on two reality music shows, making it to the top 60 in Idols and top 26 in Project Fame. She financed her debut album personally and through private investors.
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The five featured tracks from her album were:
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04. Are You Coming Home?
05. The Other Side
06. For A Moment
07. Nobody's Fault But Mine
08. Between The Lines.
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Visit Natalie's website: www.nataliechapman.co.za
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Check your local listings for live gigs.
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09. Boston - Foreplay/Long Time, from the remastered version of their acclaimed debut album, originally released in 1976
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Boston were formed in the mid 70's by multi-instrumentalist Tom Scholz, together with bassist Fran Sheehan, Brad Delp (guitar/vocals), Barry Goudreau (guitar) and Sib Hashian (drums). This multi-million selling album was born out of a bunch of home-made demos recorded by Scholz. Adopting the name Boston, they were signed to Epic Records. The album reached number three on the US charts, eventually going on to sell in excess of 10 million copies worldwide. This new remastered edition contains an extensive booklet with some great photos. The band's second album, "Don't Look Back", has also been give the remastered treatment, with the rest surely to follow.аTwo classics from a truly classic band.
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10. Styx - Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man), from "The Grand Illusion", in 1977
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Originally formed in the earlyа60's as Tradewinds and later as TW 4, Chicago's Styx were saddled with the unlikely title of being a "pomp" rock band, with what some called "over the top" keyboard and harmony vocalаparts that wereаdeemed to be too whimpish to be called heavy rock, yet too heavy to be called pop. Pomp, heavy, call them what you will - Styx were, and still are, a fantastically talented band, blessed with some great musicians in James Young, Tommy Shaw, Dennis De Young and the Panozzo brothers, Chuck and John. True, the band are probably (and unfortunately) best known for their TIE (tongue-in-ear - you know... when you're trying to get down 'n dirty andаrun in a new babe) ballads, but believe me, when they rocked, theyаREALLY rocked! The featured album did very well for them worldwide and it was considered by many to be their best offering. Tommy Shaw would later leave to join Ted Nugent in Damn Yankees, Dennis De Young would leave the band and John Panozzo would die from an alcohol related illness in 1996. They released a new album, "Big Bang Theory", in 2005.а
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11. Journey - Topaz, from "Journey", their fantastic debut album, released in 1975
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Journey were formed in 1973аby ex-Santana members Greg Rolie (keyboards/vocals) and Neil Schon (guitar/vocals), together with ex-Tubes drummer Prairie Prince. Bassist Ross Valory, who'd been with The Steve Miller Band, and George Tickner (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), completed the quintet. UK-born drummer Aynsley Dunbar (ex-Zappa and others), replaced Prince, and this line-up appeared on the debut album, which featured some of the most amazing jazz/rock you'll ever hear. Journey's history is quite extensive (and they are already well featured elsewhere on The RockIt Scientist website). Suffice to say that they're still around, in a big way, with new vocalist Steve Augeri, who is easily on a par with Steve Perry, the frontman who helped Journey become one of the most popular bands in the US in the late 70's/early 80's. They appeared at this year's Donnington Festival in the UK, together with Deep Purple, Thunder, Alice Cooper and Queensryche, and if the reports are anything to go by, Journey kicked everybody's butt! As far as great guitarists go, Neil Schon is up there with the best of them - check out his "other" band, Soul SirkUS, with vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, bassist Marco Mendoza and drummer Virgil Donati. Their "World Play" album has to be one of the best rock releases of 2005.
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Journey's new album, "Generations", was released to much acclaim in 2005.
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Tribute time again.
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Allen Woody
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Bass guitarist Allen Woody was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and he majored in music at Middle Tennessee State University. He joined ex Lynryd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle's bandаbefore being hired to play, together with guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes, in the Allman Brothers.
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Inа1994, Haynes and Woody decided to leave the Allmans and form their own band. Recruiting drummer Matt Abts, they formed what has become one of the best bands the US has ever produced, Gov't Mule.
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Allen Woodyаwas aаwarm and beefy sounding bass player, with a very distinctiveаstyle and groove. Drawing influences from the likes of Free's Andy Fraser, Cream's Jack Bruce and Tower of Power's Francis "Rocco" Prestia, he was a vital cog in the magic that was, and still is, Gov't Mule.
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He tragically passed away on 27 August 2000.
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The following two tracks are a tribute to one of the great bass guitarists of our time.
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12. Gov't Mule - War Pigs, from "Live With A Little Help From Our Friends", in 1999, a fantastic collector's 4 CD set.
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If you're a regular RockIt Scientist listener, you'll know how I feel about this band and it's leader, Warren Haynes. He tops my "best guitarist" and "best vocalist" list. There's nothing this band do, have done, or will do, that I can find any fault with. Warren Haynes aside, Matt Abts and Allen Woody had to be one of the tightest rhythm sections around.аTheir version of Sabbath's "War Pigs", recorded at Atlanta's Roxy Theatre on New Year's Eve, 1998/1999, is positively awesome. Allen Woody's bass hits you in the gut with the force of a freight train - unbelievably powerful stuff!
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The new Gov't Mule CD, "High & Mighty", will be featured on The RockIt Scientist next week.
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13. The Allman Brothers - In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed, from "An Evening With The Allman Brothers - 2nd Set", released in 1995
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Penned by guitarist Dicky Betts, this is one of The Allman's most famous and well lovedаtracks. This acoustic version (with guitars by Betts and Haynes), is too fantastic for words. Nearly 11 minutes long, you almostаwish that the song doesn't ever end - the interplay between the two is absolutely stunning. The Allen Woody bass solo at the end isаthe cherry on top, making it one of the great acoustic tracks of all time. This track alone is reason enoughаto look out for this great album.
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And yet another tribute, this time to one of the world's greatest trumpet players:
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Maynard Ferguson
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Here I was, in the studio, at around 11.30 on Friday night,аdoing my show,аwhen I get this sms from my mate Luyton Driman, who was in the US. It read "Maynard Ferguson died on Wednesday, aged 78".
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That blew my evening for me. I loved Maynard Ferguson's music.
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Born on May 4th, 1928, in Quebec, Canada, he was a highly respected composer, trumpet (and other brass instrument)аplayer and band leader, having worked with the likes of Jimmy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet, Stan Kenton, CountаBasieаand others. Another RockIt Scientist regular, Bill Chase, had learnt much from Ferguson, with Chaseаemulating Ferguson's very high pitched trumpet, which heаused to great effectаin his powerfulаnine pieceаhorn rock outfit.
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How high pitched was it? Well, and this is no lie, I was once playing Chase's "Ennea"аLP very loud on my late dad's fancy B & Oаsound system. Bill Chase hit one of those particular high Ferguson-esque notes, andаour very largeаlounge window split right down the middle! Even worse, my dogаnearly did a break-dance and I could've sworn thatаheаbarked in Greek!а
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Maynard Ferguson later moved to the UK, where he formed a fantastic big band, recording a number of albums under the "MF Horn" title. The MF Horn 3, 4 & 5 albums are shortly to be released on CD - I know that Rafe "Hotdog" Lavine will be very chuffed to hear that! Relocating to the US, Ferguson moved with the times, adopting a decidedly more jazz/rock direction in the 70's. He also involved himself with movie and TV themes, his version of the famous Rocky theme, "Gonna Fly Now", being one of hisаbest known.
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Maynard Ferguson passed away on August 23rd, 2006, as a result of liver and kidney failure.
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For more information on this incredibly influential,аrespectedаand gifted musician, visit www.maynardferguson.com.
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14. Maynard Ferguson - Gonna Fly Now, from "Conquistador", in 1977
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Featuring the likes of Bob James & Biff Hannonа(keyboards), Peter Erskine (drums), Gordon Johnson (bass) and a host of reed and horn players, this album, released on Columbia Records, also features a fantastic version of the "Theme From Star Trek". Highly recommended.аа
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15. Jethro Tull - Hunting Girl, from "Songs From The Wood", in 1977
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Ian "Flamingo" Anderson and his band areаextensively mentioned elsewhere on The RockIt Scientist website (www.rock.co.za/rockit).аThis was one of the great albums of the mid to late 70's, with contributions from John Glascock (bass), Barriemore Barlow (drums), Martin Barre (guitars) and David Palmer and John Evans (keyboards).а
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16. Gravy Train - The New One, from "Gravy Train", in 1970, theirаdebut album.
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The first of two albums to be released on the collectible Vertigo Swirl label. Gravy Train had the potential to be huge. Formed in the UKаby guitarist/vocalist Norman Barrett, drummer Barry Hughes, bassist/vocalist Les Williams and flute/woodwind/keyboard player J.D.Hughes, the band were often compared to earlyаJethro Tull. Gravy Train combined dreamy, atmospheric folky parts with some seriously hard rocking numbers, which endeared them to a wide audience. The second Vertigo album, "Ballad Of A Peaceful Man", was a far better offering. Both of these albums have been re-released on CD by Repertoire in a limited cardboard replica cover format. The band released two further albums, "Second Birth" (1973), and "Staircase To The Day" (1974), before splitting. You can't really consider yourself to be a fan of progressive rock if you don't have at least ONE of this stunning band's albums in your collection. Norman Barratt was one of the unsung guitar heroes of the early 70's.
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17. Ramases - Life Child, from "Space Hymns", in 1971
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Ramases was a central heating salesman from Sheffield in England who believed he was a reincarnation of an Egyptian god (sounds like one or two South African politicians, with the emphasis on "god"!) Assisted by his wife Sel (also known as "Selket" or "Seleka"), they recorded this very interesting andаdifferent album for Vertigo Records, with assistance from Lol Creme, Kevin Godley, Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart,аwho would go on toаbecome future members of 10cc. Original copies of the LP featured a large poster of a spaceship taking off through theаspire of a church (a painting by Roger Dean). A second album, "Glass Top Coffin", which has yet to be released on CD, contrary to rumors floating around a number of years ago,аwas issued in 1975. "Space Hymns", incidentally, has also been given the limited cardboard replicaаre-issue treatment by Repertoire.аа
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Webmaster Brian Currin, who is probably the world's foremost authority onаourаfollically challenged wanna-beаPharaohа(or "fair-ou", if you believe that there were no dark-haired people in Egypt in those days), has maintained a fantastic website devoted to his music.а
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Hot off the press!!
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Dan Patlansky - New album!
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Fans of our own young blues sensation, Dan Patlansky, will be thrilled to know that Dan's new album, "Real", has just been released! Dan is undoubtedly one of South Africa's most talented musicians. This is his second official album, although an albumаby Dan Patlansky and The Mississippi Muthers, called "Standing At The Station", was releasedаa few years ago.
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Dan's first "official"аalbum, "True Blues", released on Blue Note in 2004, was a fantastic effort which was highly acclaimed. This new album, however, is a major step ahead of anything he's done to date.аHis songwriting has progressed to a different level, as has his ability on the guitar, if that was possible. Most of the songsаare written by Dan, and there's a nice mix of some seriously slinkyаbluesy tunes in addition to a few real kick-ass numbers that willаget your feet tapping.аа
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He's a hard working, intelligent and gifted guitarist with a great voice that belies his young age, and he's not shy to do theаtours and play the gigs. He recently performed in the US, and the experience he gained there hasаenhanced his ability to write a damn fine blues or blues/rock number.
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The official Gauteng launch of the album was held at the famous Blues Room in Sandton, on Friday the 8th of September. According to Rockfest HRC (Hot Rock Chick) Rosemary Royeppen, the evening went down an absolute storm! She said that Dan and his band were positively cooking.
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His dad, Phil, who has been a constant source of support, recently gave me a copy of the album. The tracks featured were:
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18. Real (one of those real foot stompers - brilliant as an opening track!)
19. Only An Ocean (one of the best tracks on the album)
20. Southern Moon (pure bliss)
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All three tracks from "Real".
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Featured musicians are Andy Turrell on drums andаGraham Currie on bass, with backing vocals by Gordon Legg, Tammy Saville and Nick Swardt. Garth Victor and Marius Marais are on keyboards.аа
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21. Starglow Energy - Time Machine, from "Time Machine", in 1997
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So what if they supposedly took their name from the title ofаa track from Captain Beyond's second album, "Sufficiently Breathless"? These Swiss prog rockers are fantastic! If you enjoy Hammond-drenched melodic-to-hard progressive rock, you need to check these guys out. They've released around four greatаalbums since the mid 90's, butаhave been sadlyаsilent their last album, "Gate To Celdan", which came out about four years ago.аThey also released a live video,(remember that antiquated format?)аwhich, as far as is known, isn't available on DVD yet.а
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22.аAtomic Rooster - Ear In The Snow, from "Nice 'n Greasy", in 1973
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Essentially the band's final album. Featuring guitarist Johnny Mandala (actually John Goodsall from Brand X - maybe he was contractually bound not to use his real name? Nice guitarist!) This was Chris Farlowe's second and finalаstudioаalbum with Atomic Rooster. Rick Parnell was on drums and Vincent Crane on keyboards. Crane reformed the band in the early 80's, with longtime guitarist John Du Cann and drummer Preston Hayman. The Atomic Rooster story has been well documented elsewhere on The RockIt Scientist website.
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23. Solarplexus - A Real Good 'un, from "Solarplexus", in 1972
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This Swedish jazz/rock outfit were formed by members of Made in Sweden, with guitarist Georg Wadenius beingаa prominent member (Wadenius went on to find fame and fortune as a member of Blood, Sweat & Tears). The band's albums were quite difficult to find outside of their home country, although Polydor Records did release a few albums elsewhere in Europe. A nice double compilation was released on CD a few years ago.


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