Joe Blog show 8PM to 11PM, Sunday 31 January

My guest tonight is Frankie Beagle who will be taking us through her new album The Sounds between 8PM and 11PM, tonight January 31 on 93.8FM. Artist Song Album (Publisher) 1. Frankie Beagle Ready for War The Sounds (Self Published)
2. Frankie Beagle The Sound The Sounds (Self Published)
3. Gently Scar’d No Pink Flowers No Pink Flowers (Sheer)
4. Liesl Graham Much Too Late Chrysalis (Loneroc)
5. Menage a Trois Voodoo These are Birthmarks (Bowline)
6. Frankie Beagle Being Between The Sounds (Self Published)
7. Karen Zoid Foto teen my muur Twintig jaar later (Next Music) 8. Frankie Beagle Bad The Sounds (Self Published)
9. Goldfish Real Deal Caught in the Loop (Black Mango)
10. Frankie Beagle Fly The Sounds (Self Published)
11. 340ml Radio 75 Sorry for the Delay (Sheer)
12. Tasha Baxter The Visitor Colour of Me (EMI)
13. Frankie Beagle Time to Change The Sounds (Self Published) 14. Concussion Girl Pussy Cat Ride (Primotive)
15. Gently Scar’d Precious Smile (demo)
16. Frankie Beagle Never Steal this Heart The Sounds (Self Published) 17. Deep Fried Man I’m not amused Deep Fried man is not amused (Self published) 18. Frankie Beagle Courtneys Song The Sounds (Self Published) 19. Heroes Wear Red Be Universal Surviving September (Headline Artists) 20. Frankie Beagle Happy The Sounds (Self Published)
21. L.A Cobra Danger Danger Cherry Hill (Intervention Artists) 22. Frankie Beagle Mud The Sounds (Self Published)
23. Voodoo Child Megalomaniac Attack Attack. Don’t Panic (Sony ATV) 24. aKING Safe as Houses Dutch Courage (Sheer)
25. Kathy Raven Shine Loveseed (Self Published)
26. Wrestlerish Persistance (Push & Pull) SL Compilation
27. The One Night Stands The 60 Zone The One Night Stands
29. Flowing Water Band The Mountain is my Home Only to find… (Leftfield)
30 Karen Zoid Killer in Lipgloss Martin Rocka & The Sickshop Through Sick and Sin (Gosatango) 31. Mel Botes In Flight Flight of the Bird (Stormrekordz)
32. Knave Taunt & Thether SL Compilation
33. Chromium Begins Here Confessions of a Hero (Turning Tricks)
34. Submachine Jungle Boogie (Domo)

Aris B presents Disco Heaven 30/01/10

Cerrone – Love in C Minor (Malligator)
Voyage – Souvenirs (RCA Victor)
Love & Kisses – I’ve Found Love (Now That I’ve Found You) (Casablanca Records)
The Originals – Down to Love Town (Motown)
Moment of Truth – Helplessly (Salsoul Records)
C.J. & Co. – Devil’s Gun (Westbound)
Don Ray – My Desire (Polydor)
Alec R. Costandinos – Romeo & Juliet (Acts I & II) (Casablanca Records)
Madleen Kane – Forbidden Love/Fire in your Heart (TSR Records)
El Coco – Cocomotion (Pye Records)
Roberta Kelly – Trouble-Maker (Atlantic)
Donna Summer – Try me, I know We can Make it (Universal Music)
John Davis & The Monster Orchestra – Love Magic (Columbia)
The Black Light Orchestra – Touch Me, Take Me (RCA Victor)
Patrick Norman with The Black Light Orchestra – Let’s Try Once Again (RCA Victor)
Carol Douglas – Midnight Love Affair (RCA Victor)
Bebu Silvetti – Spring Rain (Salsoul Records)
Arthur Prysock – When Love is New (VIP)
Ashford & Simpson – Bourgie Bourgie (Rhino International)
Le Pamplemousse – Le Spank (AVI Records)
Andrea True Connection – More, More, More (Buddha Records inc.)
Grace Jones – La Vie en Rose (Island Records)
The Brothers – Vose Abousou (RCA Victor)
Slide Easy In with Rod McKuen – Amor (Polydor)
Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony – Love is the Answer (Avco Records)

Playlist – Linda Sue – Monday 24 January 2010

HI THERE

I’ve recently become one of the lucky few, a member of (THE CLAN) The Rockfest family. My show is on a Monday evening between 8 and 9. I will be focusing on the Seventies and Eighties rock scene, paying tribute to the pioneers of Rock. My show’s name is BACK TO THE FUTURE. I have a passion for music. Music is unconditional – it speaks to one’s soul. There’s something for everybody, the MEAN MR MUSTARDS, THE GENTLE GIANTS, THE “LEOPARD SKINNARD” (!!) -some useful info: I renamed our Rockfest coordinator – Mr. Leon Economides – for his love for dressing himself in safari-suits!!) THE “I GET WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY,” GUYS, THE “MAMA I LOVE U” GUYS AND THE “INDECENT OBSESSION” GUYS! Folks, the possibilities are infinite!!!

LISTENING TO MUSIC MUST BE LIKE A YOGA SESSION: a). INHALE b). FOCUS c). GO TO YOU’RE HAPPY PLACE d). PUSH THE BUTTON e). LISTEN f). EXHALE g). GO BACK TO THE FIRST STEP!!! PEOPLE, ITS VERY IMPORTANT,VITAL, THAT U STAY FOCUSED, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHOSE MINDS ARE SCATTERED ALL OVER THE PLACE, THE SO CALLED “MIND GRENADE BRIGADE”!

MY PLAYLIST FOR MONDAY THE 24th of January, 2010.

1) “I WISH I HAD AN ANGEL”- PERFORMED BY SYMPHONIC POWER METAL BAND, NIGHTWISH, FROM THEIR ALBUM “HIGHEST HOPES”

2) “POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME” IS A SONG BY BRITISH HARD ROCK BAND, DEF LEPPARD, FROM THEIR 1987 ALBUM “HYSTERIA”.ONE OF MY FAVOURITE BANDS

3) “BURN IT TO THE GROUND” BY CANADIAN ROCK BAND, NICKELBACK, FROM THEIR SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM “DARK HORSE”. FANTASTIC STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4) “BABY I DID A BAD BAD THING” IS A SONG BY AMERICAN ROCK AND ROLL ARTIST, CHRIS ISAAC, FROM HIS “THE BEST” ALBUM

5) “IVORY TOWER” BY RENAISSANCE FOLK ROCK BAND BLACKMORE’S NIGHT, LED BY RITCHIE BLACKMORE AND HIS WIFE CANDICE NIGHT,FROM THEIR ALBUM “GHOST OF A ROSE”

6) “NEVER SAY NEVER” BY CANADIAN HARD ROCK BAND, TRIUMPH. IT’S FROM THEIR NINTH STUDIO ALBUM “SURVEILANCE”. FANTASTIC STUFF!!!!!!!

7) ”SELF ESTEEM” IS A SONG BY AMERICAN PUNK ROCK BAND, OFFSPRING, FROM THEIR “BEST OF” ALBUM

8) “I DONT CARE” IS PERFORMED BY AMERICAN ROCK BAND, FALL OUT BOY

9) “SELLING THE DRAMA” IS THE FIRST SINGLE FROM LIFE’S ALBUM “THROWING COPPER”

10) “CHASING CARS” IS PERFORMED BY ALTERNATIVE ROCK BAND, SNOW PATROL, FROM IRELAND

11) “THOUGHT I DIED AND WENT TO HEAVEN” PERFORMED BY BRYAN ADAMS

12). “OF A LIFETIME”, BY JOURNEY, FROM THEIR NEW DOUBLE COMPILATION, “DON’T STOP BELIEVING – THE BEST OF JOURNEY”

ENJOY YOU’RE WEEK – DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE, SMOKE AND FLY

ROCKFEST GREETINGS

LINDA-SUE

The Rolling Rock Show – Playlist – 23/1/10 – Sat 8 – 10pm – Max Aston

ARTIST/BAND TRACK ALBUM YEAR LABEL
Guns ‘N’ Roses Welcome to the Jungle Appetite For Destruction 1987 Universal Distribution
Jethro Tull The Whistler Songs from the Wood 1977 Chrysalis
Focus House of the King In and Out of Focus 1970 IRS
AC/DC Are You Ready The Razor’s Edge 1990 Epic
UFO Doctor Doctor Phenomenon 1974 Chrysalis
Alice Cooper Elected Billion Dollar Babies 1973 Warner Bros.
Rolling Stones Tumbling Dice Exile on Main Str. 1972 Virgin
The Who Pinball Wizard Tommy 1969 Polydor
The Beatles Something Abbey Road 1969 Capitol Records
No Friends of Harry Sun Wash Over Me Fifteen Seconds 1991 Clear Cut
Dishwalla Find Your Way Back Home American Pie Soundtrack 1999 Uptown/Universal
Default Deny The Fallout 2001 TVT Records
Tonic You Wanted More Sugar 1999 Uptown/Universal
Fleetwood Mac Man of the World Greatest Hits 1971 CBS Records
Savoy Brown Money Can’t Save Your Soul Looking In 1970 Dorset
Little Feat Be One Now Down on the Farm 1979 Warner Bros.
Lowell George 20 Million Things Thanks I’ll Eat It Here 1979 Warner Bros.
Ian Dury & The Blockheads Wake Up and Make Love With Me New Boots and Panties 1977 Demon
Amon Duul II Kanaan Phallus Dei 1969 Repertoire Records
Curved Air It Happened Today Air Conditioning 1970 Collectors’ Choice Music
Eagles I Can’t Tell You Why The Long Run 1979 Asylum
Rolling Stones Shine A Light Exile on Main Str. 1972 Virgin
Tori Amos Strange Little Girl Strange Little Girls 2001 Atlantic
Squeal Bury The Body Long Pig 1995 One World Entertainment
Elvis Costello and the Attractions Man Out of Time Imperial Bedroom 1982 Hip-O Records
Karen Zoid Beautiful Ultimate Zoid 2009 ZEP

RADIO MIDRAND 93.8 FM – LATE NIGHT AT MICHAEL’S JANUARY 2010 11PM -1AM

1. The Doors

Alabama Song

Off The Best of the Doors

2. David Bowie

Changes

Off the Best of David Bowie

3. James Taylor

Steamroller

4. Carlos Santana

Open Invitation

5. Rodriguez

SUGAR MAN

Off “Cold Fact”

6. ZZ-TOP

Automobile

Off “one step in Rock and One step in the Blues”

7. GRACE JONES

LA VIE EN ROSE

8. VAN MORRISON

BABY PLEASE DON’T GO

Off The Best Of Van Morrisen

9. ROLLING STONES -KEITH RICHARDS

Start Me Up

10. GUNS ROSES

Live and Let Die

Off the soundtrack “ Grosse Point Blanc”

11. AEROSMITH

Pink

12. BILLY JOEL –

We didn’t start the fire.

13. CCR-

Fortunate Son

14. GARY GLITTER –

Rock’n Roll Part 2

Off the soundtrack the “THE FULL MONTY”

15. TITO & TARANTULA

Angry Cockroaches

OFF the sound track “From Dusk Till Dawn”

16. ANIMALHOUSE

SHOUT

Off the cd The best of “Frat Rock”

17. JEFFERSON AIRPLANE

White Rabbit

Off the soundtrack “PLATOON”

18. Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood

Cocaine

Off album live at Madison Square Garden

19. BOB DYLAN –

Rainy Day Woman

Off the Best Of Dylan

20. DEEP PURPLE –

Highway Star

21. THE CLASH –

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN-

Off the Clash “ Singles”

22. RODROGO Y GABRIELA

Stairway to Heaven

Off the album Rodrogo y Gabriella

23. JANIS JOPLIN

Move Over

Off the Best Of Janis Joplin

24. ROXY MUSIC

Oh Yeah

Off the Best Of Roxy Music

25. THE KINKS

Lola

Playlist – Monday 18 January 2010

Hello again

I hope you’re enjoying the fantastic spread of music you can hear on The Rockfest on 93.8FM Midrand Stereo. As you by now probably know, you can hear anything from classic rock to metal and blues on the station, seven nights a week, from 8pm til late.

There are one or two presenter line-up changes that are to take place shortly – will keep you posted. Kevin Stuart (Thursday 10pm to midnight) has left the station – we’d like to take this opportunity to thank him for his time and for sharing his music with us.

Remember that if you’re interested in advertising on the station, you can contact either Richard (citizenjones02@gmail.com), Hanz (hanzstricker@polka.co.za) or Brett (brettjettt@gmail.com)

If you’re keen to subscribe to the blog, please visit (http://rockfest.co.za) and use the easy form on the right-hand side bar.

A number of people have requested that I provide more info, where possible, on the various bands/artists featured on The RockIt Scientist, in these playlists/newsletters. Time permitting, I will, but this may not always be the case. The following playlist took over eight hours to compile, so at least READ the damned thing before deleting it!!:)))

And if you have any gigs or happenings that you’d like us to advertise / promote, please feel free to let me have the details (leon@rock.co.za)

A bit of sad news: I learnt, this past week, thanks to Pasi Koivu, that John Heyworth, guitarist for UK late 60’s / early 70’s prog outfit, Cressida, who I featured on The RockIt Scientist a few weeks ago, passed away last week. He was one of the founding members of the band and he appeared on the debut album, released on Vertigo Records, in 1970. He left the band and was replaced by John Culley, who appeared on the band’s second and final album, “Asylum”, which was also released on Vertigo Records, in 1971. Both albums are prime examples of everything that was good about the prog scene in the UK in the late 60’s / early 70’s.

In our never ending quest to highlight and promote good, original South African music, I had the pleasure of having the attractive and dynamic Nelda in the studio with me, and our own lovely Linda Sue sat in on the interview. Nelda recently released her debut solo album, “Baklei Vir My”, (”Fight For Me”) (David Gresham Records – DGR 1738). This very talented and versatile singer has been known to belt out some serious rockers, and there are one or two of them on this English / Afrikaans release, which is available at music stores such as Look & Listen. She has the look, the style, the class, the voice and the talent to go very far, and her band is pretty good too (visit www.nelda.co.za)

The RockIt Scientist – Monday 18 January 2010 – 21h00 to midnight

01. Tower Of Power – Soul With A Capital “S”, from “Soul Vaccination: TOP Live”. 1998 – Sony Music (the greatest soul band in the world, with a horn section to die for! Still around today, with Emilio Castillo, Doc Kupka, Rocco Prestia and David Garibaldi not having souled out! Also check out their excellent new release, “Great American Soulbook” – TOP Records)

02. Heavy Metal Horns – Sinner In The Mirror, from “4:20 In The Land Of Plenty”. 1999 – Danger Records (Perfect name for a band if you enjoy metal and brass rock! This very tight US soul / funk/ brass rock outfit is similar in style to Blood, Sweat & Tears and Tower Of Power. Know of four albums)

03. CTA– I’m A Man, from “Full Circle”. 2006 – CTA Records (CTA, abbreviation for California Transit Authority, is a brass rock outfit – with “guest” horn players – put together by ex-Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine and guitarist Marc Bonilla, of Glenn Hughes fame..The album features respected musicians such as keyboard player Ed Roth, Tower Of Power vocalist Larry Braggs, bassist Mick Mahan and Peter Fish, also on keys. They do a number of Chicago covers. And exceptionally well, too!)

Interview with Nelda, together with Linda Sue. Eat your heart out.

04. Nelda – Stand Up

05. Nelda – Born To Be Your Baby

06. Nelda – Like This

07. Nelda– Ek Haat…

All the tracks featured are from her debut solo album, “Baklei Vir My”, released in September / October 2009.

08. Abraxas Pool – Cruzin’, from “Abraxas Pool”. 1997 – Miramar Productions (you could say that this is basically Santana without Carlos. Tremendous Latin Rock album, featuring keyboard player Gregg Rolie – who has a new live album out, drummer Mike Shrieve,

percussionists Mike Carabello and Jose “Chepito” Areas, bassist Alphonso Johnson, and one of the greatest guitarists in the world, Neal Schon. There is only one thing wrong with this band: they only made the one album!)

09. Tribe Of Gypsies – Puro Party, from “Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants”. 2000 – Victor Entertainment (any band with guitarist Roy Z has got to be good. Known for his work with Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, Driver, Rob Halford, etc, this exceptionally good guitarist formed this Latin Rock / Metal band in the late 90’s. Any /all of their five albums is / are worth adding to the collection. Latin Rock is already highly infectious: these guys take it into the “must have” league)

10. Malo – Street Man, from “Evolution”. 1973 – Warner Bros. Records (probably the best album put out by this legendary Latin Rock outfit who were formed by Carlos’s brother, Jorge Santana, and vocalist Arcelio Garcia, back in the early 70’s. A popular live attraction at Bill Graham’s Fillmore, they were blessed with a very powerful horn section, coupled to an excellent rhythm section. Sort of Santana on ‘roids, but better. They’re still around today, led by Arcelio Garcia, as the only original member, and are sounding as good as ever).

11. El Chicano – Zaire, from “The Best Of Everything”. 1975 – MCA Records (with some phenomenal guitar work from Mickey Lespron and Jerry Salas, who released a great solo album, called “Salas”, in 2006. Formed in East Los Angeles in the late 60’s, El Chicano were one of the pioneers of the Latin Rock movement. Excellent keyboard work (by Bobby Espinosa) and percussion / drums (Rudy Regalado, Andre Baeza and John DeLuna), together with a solid bass foundation (Joe Perreira and Freddie Sanchez), were the hallmarks of this legendary band. They reformed a few years ago and released a new live dvd, called “In The Eye Of The Storm”)

12. Jim Capaldi – Let The Thunder Cry, from “Let The Thunder Cry”.1981 – Jet Records (9th solo album from Traffic’s drummer. He released his first solo album back in 1972, and went on to release around 15 albums. He was also part of the Traffic reformation – with Steve

Winwood – and he appeared on 1994’s “Far From Home” album. He passed away in January 2005).

13. Jim Morrison – Awake, from “An American Prayer – Music By The Doors”.1978 – Elektra Records (a posthumously released album of poems and songs written by the late Jim Morrison, with music performed by Doors musicians Ray Manzarek, John Densmore and Robby Krieger, together with bassists Bob Glaub and Jerry Scheff. Quite a controversial album, it nonetheless cemented Morrison’s reputation as a disturbed but extremely gifted and uncompromising individual. The Doors have reformed, with Ian Astbury, of The Cult, in Morrison’s place. An interesting replacement.

14. XIT– Reservation Of Education, from “Without Reservation”. 2002 – Warrior Records (evolving out of blues/rock outfit Lincoln Street Exit, this Navajo Nation rock outfit were well known for their “tell it like it is” emotive and very poignant lyrics, mainly written by Tom Bee, as well as their solid rock foundation, complete with orchestration and ethnic percussion. They released five albums and were quite popular in Europe. They resurfaced in the late 90’s, recording this live album, which has also been released on dvd, in 2002)

15. Gamma – Four Horsemen, from “Gamma 2”. 1980 – Elektra Records (exceptionally good US hard rock outfit put together by guitarist Ronnie Montrose and vocalist Davey Pattison, and featuring drummer Denny Carmassi and synth player Jim Alcivar, both of whom had been with Montrose in his own band, Montrose, and bassist Glen Letsch. They released three critically acclaimed studio albums plus a great live album before folding in the early 80’s. Pattison went on to feature with Robin Trower. Ronnie Montrose released a host of solo albums, some crossing into jazz fusion territory. One of the world’s great guitarists, he reformed Gamma in the late 90’s and released “Gamma 4”. This album featured Jean-Michel Byron, the SA singer who had previously worked with Toto, on backing vocals)

16. Pipedream – Lies, from “Pipedream”. 1979 – Label Not Shown(this short-lived US band had the potential to go really far. Vocalist Willie Daffern had previously been with Hunger, Truk and Captain Beyond. Guitarist Ben Schultz, from Buddy Miles’s band and KGB, bassist Tim Bogert from Cactus and Beck, Bogert and Appice, and drummer Jan Uvena from Alcatrazz. It’s not clear if this great album was ever officially released. Willie Daffern – aka Willie Dee, also appeared with Gary Moore in G Force, ZoomLenZ, and others).

17. Gamalon – Billy’s Saloon, from ‘‘Gamalon”.1987 – Amherst Records (the drumming and guitar work on this debut album from Ted Reinhardt, Bruce Brucato and George Puleo (who has been replaced by an amazing female guitarist called Nori Bucci)is unbelievably good, as is the contribution from bassist Tom Reinhardt. Gamalon were a US guitar-based fusion/rock band of the highest order. A mostly-instrumental only band, they released around six albums, including an excellent live effort. For fans of early Mastermind and Cosmosquad).

18. Rush – La Villa Strangiato, from “Hemispheres”. Mercury Records – 1978 (Canada’s Music Ambassadors have been around since 1970, when they were formed by guitarist Alex Lifeson, bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee and drummer John Rutsey, who died in May 2008. This line-up appeared on the band’s self-titled debut, released in 1974. Enter Neil Peart, who was not only a fantastic drummer, but a songwriter and lyricist of note. Subsequent releases cemented the band’s fast growing reputation as one of the most popular acts in the world. The musicianship is flawless, as is the songwriting. Despite various tragedies and setbacks, the band are still a major force in the rock / prog rock world and are still releasing material to this day)

19. Threshold – Oceanborn, from “Hypothetical”. 2001 – InsideOut Records (unquestionably one of England’s best progressive metal bands. They’ve been around since the early 90’s. Plagued with drummer and vocalist problems, they’ve nonetheless managed to record and release albums of a consistently high standard. Original members members Karl Groom, Nick Midson, Jon Jeary and Richard West, appear on this album, together with drummer Johanne James and vocalist Andrew “Mac” McDermott. Original vocalist Damian Wilson has apparently rejoined the band. If you don’t know Threshold, and you enjoy quality progressive metal, you need to get to acquaint yourself with these guys).

20. Star One – Set Your Controls, from “Space Metal”. 2002 – InsideOut Records (a conceptual space metal project, with a doff of the cap to Space Rock masters Hawkwind and Space Oddity-era David Bowie, this album was put together by Dutch multi-instrumentalist Arjen Anthony Lucassen, who is an extremely talented, and busy musician. Probably best known for his work with Ayreon, he has also featured with Stream Of Passion, Vengeance, Ambeon and a host of others, his latest work being with Guilt Machine. Surrounding himself with some astounding musicians and vocalists, Lucassen delivered one of the best prog metal albums of 2002 with this masterpiece).

21. Eric Norlander– Fly, from “Into The Sunset”. 2000 – Transmission Records (keyboard player and producer of note, Eric Norlander, of Rocket Scientists fame, is also married to the Queen of Symphonic / Progressive rock, Lana Lane. This was his second (?) solo album, and he was accompanied by some serious talent, in the form of Arjen Anthony Lucassen on guitars, Tony Franklin on bass, Greg Ellis on drums and vocalists Glenn Hughes, Lana Lane, Edward Reekers and Robert Soeterboek. Norlander has an array of keyboards that bring back the glory days of Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Duncan Mackay and others. And he sure knows how to play them!)

22. Livin’ Blues – Divin’ Duck Blues, from “Rockin’ The Tweedmill”. 1973 – Phillips Records (Holland has produced some amazing musicians and bands, of all genres. Livin’ Blues were certainly close to the top of the pile. Probably best known for their stand-out “Blue Breeze” album, their earlier material was equally as good. “Rockin’ The Tweedmill”, recorded in the UK, was undoubtedly one of their best releases. Led by original musicians, vocalist Nicko Christiansen, guitarist Ted Oberg and harmonica player John Lagrand, they delivered an album that could quite easily hold it’s head up with releases by the greats of the era, such as Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack and the Climax Blues Band). Christiansen has since revived the band, and they are touring and recording as Livin’ Blues Xperience.

23. Aunt Mary – Upside Down, from “Loaded”. 1972 – Vertigo Records (2nd album from one of Norway’s best bands. Formed in 1970, they recorded and released their self-titled debut album in Denmark in 1971. Essentially a heavy blues band, they did, however, draw influences from the likes of prog kings ELP and King Crimson. They unfortunately disbanded at the end of 1973, having released three very good, and collectible albums. They reformed in 1980 and recorded a great “Live Reunion” album, but nothing further came of this reunion, and they folded again. 1992 saw them reforming once again, with much of the original line-up, and they released ”Bluesprints” that year.

24. AUM – You Can’t Hide, from “Bluesvibes”. Red Fox Records – 1969 (although sounding very dated, this debut blues/psych album from this US trio has a certain charm that is indicative of the exciting blues/rock scene that was starting to surface in the US at the time. Similar in style to Illinois Speed Press and Raven, AUM released a second, highly collectible album called ‘’Resurrection” before splitting in 1970).

25. Eloy –Age Of Insanity, from “Visionary”. 2009 – Artist Station Records (German prog outfit Eloy’s roots go back to 1971, when they were formed in Essen. Taking their name from H.G.Wells’ “Time Machine”, they released their debut album that year. Initially adopting a classic heavy rock feel, similar to Jethro Tull, Deep Purple and Uriah Heep, they soon branched into a more symphonic / progressive rock style. Led by guitarist/ vocalist Frank Bornemann, the band released many great albums, well into the 80’s, including the soundtrack to the movie “Codename Wildgeese”. They seemed to go into limbo on a few occasions, surfacing with another great release every now and then. This new album is one example of the “resurrection” of this fantastic band. Bornemann, together with long-time members Michael Gerlach – keys, Klaus-Peter Matziol – bass, Hannes Folberth on additional keys, and Bodo Schoff on drums, deliver what must rate as one of the top prog albums of 2009).

26. Ramses – War, from “La Leyla”. 1976 – Sky Records (emerging on the wrong side of the Kraut Rock movement, Ramses were nonetheless a very competent German prog outfit who could hold their own with many of their contemporaries. “Accused” at times of sounding too Anglo-American, their Yes and Starcastle- influenced brand of symphonic prog won them few fans amongst the Kraut Rock diehards, although all their albums certainly do deserve some credit. They split in the early 80’s after having released three albums. They reformed in the early 90’s and again in 2000, with new albums being released with each reformation)

27. Virus – King Heroin, from “Thoughts”. 1971 – Pilz Records (this sadly little-known German outfit were formed in Bielefeld in 1970. Taking a lot of influences from “Saucerful Of Secrets”–era Pink Floyd, they were similar in style to Gila and Tangerine Dream, but with a bit more vooma. Their debut album, “Revelation”, had a fantastic and very “cosmic” adaptation of the Stones’ “Paint It Black”. After its release, some of the band members went on to form Weed, which, incidentally, featured Ken Hensley on guitars , vocals and keyboards.New members were recruited, and they appeared on the featured album. Listen to the lyrics of the track carefully – if you’ve ever contemplated toying with heroin, you’ll think twice before messing with that stuff, or any other, for that matter! Stick to rock ‘n roll, rather! A third, previously unreleased album, with new and live tracks, recorded in April 1973, called “Remember”, was released in 2004)

If you are struggling to find rarities, especially those of the Kraut rock bands, there are various mail order companies, such as Green Brain (www.green-brain.krautrock.de), that specialize in this kind of music.

And remember, for the guitar-god worshipper, you won’t find a better site than www.grooveyard.com Joe has released some INCREDIBLE killer riff music on his highly respected label. Coming up this week on The RockIt Scientist, some brand new releases from Blindside Blues Band, Mountain Of Power, Blindstone and others. Be prepared to be blown away!

Look & Listen also has access to, and can order, almost anything you want. They have stores countrywide, and you can also order online (www.lookandlisten.co.za)

Cheers.

Leon

(www.rockfest.co.za)

Joe Blog Show 24 January 2010 8Pm to 11Pm

Joe Blog Show 24 January 2010 8Pm to 11Pm
Guests tonight: Newtown taking us throught their new album “The Bridge” which gets launched at the Bohemian next Friday

1. Newtown & I’m OK (new album featured tonight)
2. One Night Stands The Heart of Japan The One Night Stands (Sting)
3. Ashtray Electric Swing SA Tunes Vol 1 (Sheer)
4. Bride’s Reunion Kamikaze SL Compilation
5. Juggernaught Only Love her when she’s gone Purity Mag Compilation
6. Death Valley Blues Band Full Throttle Demo
7. Gently Scar’d All about the money Demo
8. Walt Somewhere Walt (Authentic Ideas)
9. Newtown Newtown EP
10. Concussion Girl Tie me up Ride (Primotive)
11. Jeremy Franklin Siyabonga Mandela (self published)
12. Japan & I Sunrise Will take over the world (Red Ambulance)
13. The Slashdogs …everything is going to be just great The Hunger (Self published)
14. Taxi Violence Devil ‘n Pistol The Turn (Sheer)
15. New Holland waiting.wanting.craving One Small Seed compilation
16. Tidal Waves What u got… Manifesto (Oppikoppi)
17. Gang of Instrumentals Woza December Sama Nominees
18. aKING Safe as Houses (Sheer)
19. Jack Parow Cooler as ek South African Indie Vlume One (Rhythm Records)
20. Radio Kalahari Orkes Blaas Jou Vuvuzela Heunginland (Rhythm Records)
21. Rokkeloos Herrinner My Nooiensvaart (One F Music)
22. Rambling Bones Old Man of the Ocean Watching & Waiting (Cocktail Records)
23. Fuzigish Blow my Mind Roll with the Punches (Red Ambulance)
24. Hog Hoggidy Hog Out of Control Method to the Madness (Sheer)
25. Frankie Beagle The Sounds The Sound (demo)
26. Submachine Jungle Boogie Submachine EP
27. Swivel Foot The Last Round (from demo EP)
28. Half Price Banned Banned (Red Ambulance)
29. Van Coke Cartel Wat het van ons geword? Waaksaam en Wakker
30. Fokofpolisiekar Antibiotika South African Indie Vlume One (Rhythm Records)
31. The Cavalier Lonely King of Hearts South African Indie Vlume One (Rhythm Records)
32. Black Pimpin Jesus Paul got arrsted last night SL compilation
33. Heroes Wear Red Be Universal Surviving September (Headline Artists)