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HORDE
04-24-2003, 01:40 PM
Ok I have been hearing this song Oblivion by Rocket Scientists alot here on Aural Moon. Can anyone give me a suggestion on a good starter album to buy from this group. I liked what I heard. Are they all instrumental? Any help would be appreciated.

KeithieW
04-24-2003, 02:14 PM
Horde,

Here's the blurb lifted from the Gibralter Encyclopedia of Prog. It may help you.

If you want to check it out the link is:

http://www.gepr.net/geprfram.htm

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Rocket Scientists [USA]

Discography:

Earthbound (93)
Brutal Architecture (96)
Earth Below and Sky Above: Live in Europe and America (98)
Oblivion Days (99)


Reviews
I don't have any Rocket Scientist albums yet, but I have heard the Rocket Scientists cuts on the Think Tank Media sampler #2 included with Progression magazine #35, and have listened to several high-quality MP3's on their web site. The pieces I've heard are "Earthbound" from Earthbound, "Mariner" and "Wake Me Up" from Brutal Architecture, "Calm Before the Storm" from Earth Below and Sky Above, and "Dark Water/Aqua Vitae Medley" from Oblivion Days. I suggest you take the time to go to the site and audition these yourself. If you're like me, you'll be ready to add the entire discography to your CD collection.
Of all the reviews I've built around this Think Tank Media sampler and the MP3 samples from their web site (see also Lana Lane and Erik Norlander), Rocket Scientists are by far what I would call the most progressive. Norlander does his best work on these cuts, sounding at turns like keyboard gods Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, and Tony Banks. The reason for the difference between this and Norlander's solo efforts is undoubtedly the influence of Rocket Scientist Mark McCrite, who plays guitar and gets first billing on composition on all of the songs (except "Mariner", crediting only Norlander).

The Think Tank site calls Earthbound Neo-Prog. OK, I'll be the first to admit I'm confused about the whole "Neo" thing. Are the songs from Genesis' Duke "Neo" because they are more simple and song-oriented? I don't think I care. Rocket Scientists are progressive as far as I'm concerned, Neo or not, and they're making some darn fine music here. By far more interesting than anything Genesis ever did after Wind and Wuthering. Even the live cut, "Calm Before the Storm" is superb, which I assume means these guys would be a very cool band to go and see perform live.

Rather than try to give a blow-by-blow analysis of each of the songs, I'll just conclude by saying they are all excellent, all quite different, all have excellent guitar, keyboard and vocal work, and are very enjoyable to hear. And if "Neo" means they sound like Marillion, then these guys aren't. -- Fred Trafton

progdirjim
04-28-2003, 01:20 AM
go to www.kinesiscd.com and click on "Enter The Store", click on the tab "Kinesis label", then click on "Rocket Scientists"....

have fun!

KeithieW
04-29-2003, 03:42 AM
Have just taken delivery of "Into the Sunset" and I love it!!!!

My bank balance is getting hit badly because of AM. I've just ordered two/three depending on how you look at it albums by Ayreon.............................LONG MAY IT CONTINUE!!!!

teermin8r
02-13-2005, 07:47 AM
The only cd I have by the Rocket Scientists is Oblivion Days and it rocks. And no it is not an instrumental record. I will be adding more to my collection.

http://www.thetank.com/

This is the Rocket Scientists official website.

teermin8r
02-13-2005, 12:50 PM
I have a Charmin box full of 8-Tracks, EEK!!! I'm sure they are all ruined by now. Been stored in my barn. Heat and time kills 'em.

Roxio makes excellent software for converting LP's and cassettes to digital. Toast 6 for Apples. Not sure what they call their Windows software.

Not had to much luck with the few cassettes I've tried because the tape deteriorates over time. It works, but not good enough for me. And as far as LP's, I didn't take good care of them as a teenager. And the older ones, well let's just say they're not all that listenable. But I do have quite a few that have only been played a few times they may work out.

Problem with converting from cassette or LP to digital is it must be done in real time. You can't just stick it in and click import and walk away like you can with iTunes. You have to babysit it. Which as many Lp's as I have, I may never get the time, oh well.